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Waistcoat A British term meaning vest, the waistcoat is a short, sleeveless, collarless garment worn under a doublet or suit jacket.

Waistline The waistline of a gown encompasses the body horizontally, and is often the point at which the gown's bodice meets the skirt.

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Wali In Islam tradition, the Wali is responsible for the bride's life before she is married and ensures the proposed groom is a reliable and a trustworthy. A Wali can be the Bride's birth father, her paternal grandfather, brother, paternal uncle or any male relative from her paternal side.

Walima The Muslim name for a wedding reception, derived from walam, meaning to gather or assemble. After the Nikah (marriage ceremony), guests assemble for the marriage banquet, or Walima.

Warp The set of vertical threads through which the weft is woven.

Watteau Train A style of train that attaches to the top of the dress, usually at the shoulders or the upper back. (Pronounced: wah-toe)

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Wedding Favors Small, inexpensive gifts given to guests at a wedding ceremony or reception as a thank you, and to serve as a souvenir, of sorts.

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Wedding Party The Wedding Party consists of the bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl, ring bearer, and anyone else directly involved in the wedding ceremony.

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Wedding Programs A way for guests to follow along with ceremony proceedings. Wedding programs include the order of the service, wedding participants, and any other meaningful notations. Wedding programs can also serve as a sort of wedding keepsake.

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Weft The set of horizontal threads interlaced through the warp.

Welt A raised or strengthened strip of fabric sewn into a seam for ornament or reinforcement.

White Tie A very formal wedding or ceremony held after six o'clock in the evening. The male attendants wear black tails and patent leather shoes with white pique shirts, vests, and bow ties.

Windsor Knot The largest of the three methods for tying men's neckwear, the Windsor knot is a wide, symmetrical, triangular style. (Also called: "Full Windsor" or "Double Windsor")

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Wing Collar The most formal type of collar, shirts with a wing collar are the formal choice for wedding tuxedos. The front edges of the small standing collar are pressed down to resemble a pair of wings. Most wing collar shirts are pleated.

Wool Fabric A fabric made from the dense, warm, soft hair forming the coat of sheep. Naturally stain and wrinkle resistant, this highly durable fabric is used in tuxedo production.

Worsted Wool A type of highly durable wool created from the initial combing of the wool. This process leaves behind long, smooth fibers which are spun into yarn. The worsted yarn is then woven in for smooth, firm, compact fabrics.

Wreath A ring of flowers, leaves and fruit commonly decorated with ribbons and bows. Typically used for decorative purposes as a centerpiece, an ornament, hanging on a wall or door, or resting on a table; a wreath may also be worn on the head. (see Wreath Crown)

Wreath Crown Popular for bridal hair accessories, wreath crowns are a natural option made of flowers, leaves, and sometimes fruit. Ribbons and bows are also used to decorate the ring, which is worn on the crown of the head.


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