The Wedding Glossary

Weddings have a lingo of their own. Learn to speak the language before you plan your big day.

Do you know what E-Ring, DH, MILTB, BM or other wedding abbreviations mean, or are you as confused as most of us? The world of engaged couples is an insider’s club in a way. Like every good club, there’s a secret language to learn and a not-so-secret clubhouse. In this case, the clubhouse is the Internet, populated by wedding planning blogs, advisory boards, and flurries of emails. But the secret language?It’s full of confusing wedding abbreviations that you’ve probably never heard or seen before.

Before you start thinking that a bride is talking about sexually transmitted diseases when she says STDs, or that she’s joined the mafia when she mentions her MOB, here’s your decoder ring: a list of the most common wedding abbreviations used on the internet. Hopefully, it will help you in the next steps of your secret engagement initiation rituals. You have the secret handshake down already, don’t you?

Most Frequently Used Wedding Abbreviations

FH – Future Husband

FW – Future Wife

BM – Best Man or Bridesmaid

MOH – Maid of Honor or Matron of Honor

MOB – Mother of Bride

FOB – Father of Bride

MOG – Mother of Groom

FOG – Father of Groom

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AHR – At Home Reception

AI – All-inclusive

BF – Boyfriend (BF sometimes refers to best friend, although usually BFF is used instead on wedding boards to differentiate)

BIL – Brother-in-law

BM – Best Man or Bridesmaid

BP – Bridal Party

DF – Darling Fiancé or Fiancée

DFH – Darling Future Husband

DH – Darling Husband

DW – Destination Wedding or Darling Wife

E-Party – Engagement Party

E-Ring – Engagement Ring

FFIL – Future Father-in-law (sometimes written FILTB, or father-in-law-to-be)

FG – Flower Girl

FH – Future Husband

FI – Fiancé

FIL – Father-in-law

FILs – Future In-Laws

FMIL – Future Mother-in-law (sometimes written MILTB)

FNF – Friends and Family

FOB – Father of Bride

FOG – Father of Groom

FSIL – Future Sister-in-law

FW – Future Wife

GF – Girlfriend

GM – Groomsmen

H2B – Husband-to-be

HM – Honeymoon

IHO – In Honor Of

ILs – In-Laws

JP – Justice of the Peace

LDR – Long-Distance Relationship

LTBM – Living Together before Marriage

MIL – Mother-in-law

MOB – Mother of the Bride

MOG – Mother of Groom

MOH – Maid of Honor or Matron of Honor

MUA – Makeup Artist

NH – New Husband

NWR – Not Wedding Related

OOTG – Out of Town Guests

OOTB – Out of Town Gift Bags

OTT – Over the Top

RB – Ring Bearer

RD – Rehearsal Dinner

SAHD – Stay-at-Home Dad

SAHM – Stay-at-Home Mom

SAHW – Stay-at-Home Wife

SIL – Sister-in-law

SO – Significant Other

STBMrs – Soon to Be Mrs.

STDs – Save-the-Date Cards

WP – Wedding Party or Wedding Planner