STDs, MOBs, and Other Strange Wedding Abbreviations

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Do you know what E-Ring, DH, MILTB, BM or other wedding abbreviations mean, or are you as confused as the rest of us? In a way, the world of engaged couples is an insider's club with 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 vendor emails. But what to make of this 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 has 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 family member's, friend's, or your own engagement initiation rituals.

Most Frequently Used Wedding Abbreviations

Full List of Wedding Abbreviations

  • AHR: At Home Reception
  • AI: All-inclusive
  • BF: Boyfriend (BF sometimes refers to best friend, although usually BFF is used instead of 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 (Not to be confused with IMHO, internet-speak for "In my humble opinion")
  • 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