11 Words That Mean Something Totally Different When Wedding Planning

Yes, weddings have their own language. And as you plan away, words you’ve used for many years will suddenly take on brand new meanings.

If you notice your friends scratching their heads when you tell them you’ve been browsing birdcages online, but just can’t seem to find the perfect one, take a look at this list of common words that mean something entirely different while wedding planning.

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Birdcage

What most people think it means: Something an actual, living, breathing bird lives in.
What it means while wedding planning: A small headpiece made of netting or mesh.

DOC

What most people think it means: A medical professional. “What’s up, doc?”
What it means while wedding planning: A meeting with your DOC—”day-of coordinator”— will involve discussions of timelines and menus, not health.

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MOB

What most people think it means: A horde of angry people.
What it means while wedding planning: It’s a popular abbreviation for “mother of the bride.”

Register

What most people think it means: To sign up for something, like an event or a website membership.
What it means while wedding planning: To make a list of all the things you want people to give you as gifts! Way better, right?

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Sweetheart

What most people think it means: A term of endearment or nickname you might use for your spouse-to-be.
What it means while wedding planning: Okay, maybe you do call your future spouse “sweetheart.” But you’re probably talking about a wedding dress neckline or a reception table reserved solely for you and your new hubby or wife.

Toast

What most people think it means: You know, like breakfast? Bread with jam or butter?
What it means while wedding planning: A speech given by you, your parents, your honor attendants, or someone else congratulating you on the marriage.

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Train

What most people think it means: A form of transportation, a verb meaning to prepare or practice, or maybe the popular band that sings “Drops of Jupiter.”
What it means while wedding planning: The portion of a wedding dress skirt that drapes on the floor, extending behind the bride.

Unplugged

What most people think it means: An adjective describing an electrical cord that’s not in an outlet.
What it means while wedding planning: A wedding where guests are asked to turn off their phones, cameras and other electronics.

Usher

What most people think it means: The R&B singer, of course!
What it means while wedding planning: People in your wedding party who help out during the ceremony by handing out programs or escorting guests to their seats.

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STD

What most people think it means: Sexually transmitted diseases (aka, the most un-romantic thing possible).
What it means while wedding planning: We’re not talking about any kind of diseases, promise! STD is the abbreviation for save the date.

We promise, once the wedding’s over, you can bail on the big day lingo and adopt a normal vocabulary again!
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