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Taffeta Fabric A crisp, medium-weight fabric made from silk or synthetic fibers with varying sheen. Considered to be a "high end" fabric, taffeta is suitable for use in ball gowns, wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, and prom gowns.

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Tails Short for the tail coat, this style is worn for formal evening weddings. Tails are short in front and extend to two tails in back.

Tallit or Tallis (tal-lis) A prayer shawl, the most authentic Jewish garment, is a rectangular garment with four tzitzit (fringes) on each corner. The Tallit is worn by married Jewish men in Orthodox synagogues and all adult men (and some women) in Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist synagogues.

Tea Length A hemline extending to about the middle of the calf.

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Temple Ready "Temple Ready" refers to modest wedding dresses, held to the standards of modesty, as observed in Jewish tradition.

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Thank You Cards The thank you card is an enclosure card printed with "Thank You" on the front of the card and generally left blank inside for your own personal written verse or with a printed verse inside. Etiquette calls for writing your own personal hand written notes of thanks on the inside.

Tiara A tiara is a jeweled or beaded semi-circle headpiece that can be worn alone or with a veil. Depending on the shape and height of the tiara, it may be worn either on top of the head or worn at an angle.

Tiered Arranged in or having layers or rows.

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Tiers (Cake Tiers) Numerous layers of a wedding cake, usually differing in size.

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Tissue Taffeta Fabric Lightweight, voluminous fabric with a slightly crinkled finish.

Topiary The skilled art of clipping or trimming foliage or flower arrangements into the shapes of animals, lettering, numbers, or various but precise geometric forms.

Torted Cakes Cakes layered with mousse or fruit preserves.

Tossing Bouquet A copy or smaller version of the bride's bouquet which is thrown for the single female guests after the wedding ceremony. Traditionally, the female who catches the bouquet will be next to wed.

Train (Wedding Dress Trains) A train is the section of a gown's skirt that extends behind the dress, trailing along the ground behind the wearer.

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Train Bearers see Pages or Page Boys

Trellis A structure of open latticework or a woven wooden frame used as a screen or support for creeping plants and flowers.

Trompe-l'œil Cake Trompe-l'œil, French in origin, roughly translates to "trick of the eye." The term refers to a work of art rendered such that is tricks the viewer into believing it is something else. Thus, the trompe-l'œil cake appears to be something other than cake (Ex. dog, hamburger, stack of presents).

Trumpet Silhouette A trumpet wedding dress is fitted throughout the bodice, tapers close to the legs, and gradually flares to the hem, starting at about mid-thigh.

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Trunk Show Usually held at a local bridal shop, a trunk show allows a designer to "show off" their latest designs to the shop's customers. Trunk shows are typically offered for wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, or mother's dresses.

Tulle Fabric A sheer often starched silk, rayon, or nylon netting which is often used for bridal gowns, veils, and ballet tutus. (see Ballerina Skirt)

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Tussy Mussy From the Victorian era, a tussy mussy is a posy carried in a small, metallic, hand-held vase. Today, the term refers to the holder itself, which is used to make it easier to hold the bouquet.

Tux or Tuxedo A formal or semi-formal men's black evening jacket that may be either single-breasted (1-6 buttons) or double-breasted (2-6 buttons). Styles vary by occasion whether it is for prom or a wedding.

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Twill A textile weave in which filling yarns pass over one and under two or more warp yarns producing a diagonal rib.

Twist A yarn formed by intertwining two or more strands together. Different colored yarns are often used for unusual color effect.

Tzedakah (tz'dah-KAH) Tzedakah is Hebrew for charity, but instead of being an act of benevolence or generosity, it is an act of righteousness, fairness or justice. Tzedakah is the obligatory Jewish requirement of righteous giving and just behavior that ensures the basic well-being of fellow human beings.


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