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 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

A Full List of Wedding Abbreviations You Might Need to Know

  • 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)
  • FGFlower 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
  • GMGroomsmen
  • 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
  • JPJustice of the Peace
  • LDR – Long-Distance Relationship
  • LTBM – Living Together before Marriage
  • MIL – Mother-in-law
  • MOBMother of the Bride
  • MOGMother of Groom
  • MOHMaid 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
  • RDRehearsal 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