We're 45 days away from the big event, and because my brain is too crammed with wedding-related nonsense to assemble sentences and paragraphs, I give you these lists:
Words/phrases associated with weddings that I dislike having to use
"Announcement is made..."
"Together with their families..."
"Two thousand and eight" (I caved to convention in the end, but I still think it looks dumb)
"fiance" (someone come up with an alternative, please)
"matron of honor"
"belly band" (our invitations had one, but I refuse to call it that)
"escort card" (we'll have them, but I still hate the term. It sounds dirty)
"tiara" (I prefer to call it a "headpiece")
Words/phrases that I refuse to associate with our wedding
"junior bridesmaid" (to paraphrase Arrested Development: the very fact that you call it that tells me you're not ready)
"The Seating of the Grandmothers" (not really an option for us, but even if it were I wouldn't actually call it that)
"Mr. and Mrs. [Man's Name]" (what century is this?)
"Please be seated at table X"
Any use of the word "garter," especially "garter toss"
Old-fashioned words/phrases that I enjoy having an opportunity to use
"betrothal" (and its variants)
"groomsman" (so much better than "usher," no?)
"atelier" (this would be the workplace of my "couturier")
Words/phrases about which I am undecided
Do you have any you'd like to add?
ETA: I want to add this postscript, because this post occasionally gets hits from people searching for a "matron of honor" alternative. (Most recently, on April 17, 2008, a search for "Do I have to call someone matron of honor if she is married" led here.) We ultimately decided to call my married-but-not-matronly sister the "best woman." It's a solution I recommend!