Sword Glossary: Made Up Wedding Lingo for Everyday Use

I realized awhile ago that I have made up a ton of new words in the past few months while blogging for Weddingbee, and I’ve decided it’s time to make a glossary so people have a chance to understand what the heck I’m talking about and so these words can continue to get used.

It all started back when I wrote about the other types of brides that exist besides Bridezillas. After that, I pretty much made up words whenever I saw the need.

(In case you feel robbed because you’ve been saying these words or phrases for years, I apologize in advance, and anyway they are new to me!)

Sword Glossary

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DIY: Destroy-it-Yourself. I have joked about how I am a terrible craft-er many times here on the hive. I know DIY means Do-it-Yourself, but I like my version better. It means you take full responsibility for what happens to your project, it means it probably won’t turn out perfectly, and it’s frankly, it’s a hell of a lot more fun to say!

DIYT: Don’t Invest Your Time. This is an acronym I coined for the project that takes entirely too much time out of your life. Sometimes it’s worthwhile, (like in the case of our tartan necklaces) but sometimes it’s better to just buy the damn thing already.

Nanny Child: A child that you nanny, or more specifically, a child that you love deeply and watch on a regular basis but that is not related to you by blood. For years I have had trouble describing or clarifying my relationship with my nanny children because it’s hard for people to make sense of it if you’ve never spent as much time as I have with someone else’s children. I’ve been with my nanny family for five+ years now, and they’re both in my wedding, but I didn’t know what to call them in our ceremony program, hence the title, nanny child. Does anyone else have this issue of notating an unconventional relationship in their program?

Shmailing: Sharing the body of an email, word for word. Sister Big Eyes sent an email out to her bridal party asking what hair/makeup everyone would like, I got about half way through before realizing not only did the tone sound an awful lot like me, it had been taken verbatim from my email to my bridal party concerning hair/makeup just a few months ago! Not that I was bothered at all, on the contrary, I found it hilarious. Sister Big Eyes doesn’t care for writing, and I’d already done the hard part, so why not shmail it?

Shrendoring: Sharing a vendor with someone you know personally, someone you are close to, or more specifically someone who is planning a wedding at the same time as you. (Because obviously you’re sharing your vendor with a ton of other brides but you don’t know them all). Sister/MOH Big Eyes (who gets married this coming June) is shrendoring my photographer, my hair/makeup artist, and our alterations family friend. Does our mutual MOB count too?

Wedding Crush: The wedding you like a lot and hope to marry one day. Just kidding! This is the wedding that reminds you of your own and makes you swoon because it’s just so beautiful! If you’d like a reminder, this is the wedding I have been crushing on that matches my vision. Basically your wedding crush is the wedding you want to be like when you grow up. :)

Wirthday Gift: A gift that is deliberately given as both a birthday and wedding gift. Sister Big Eyes gave me my cake topper as a wirthday gift. And it doesn’t have to stop there, per the comments left on my post, someone said they received some Whistmas gifts (wedding/Christmas) and someone else some Birthmas gifts (birthday/Christmas). Love the creativity!

(all photos personal)

What wedding lingo have you made up? What words are still missing?

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Mrs. Sword

Location:
Chicago
Wedding Date:
March 2013
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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 6:44 am

    I love “Wedding Crush,” ha ha!! Sadly, I have yet to find mine…

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    xjamiem 26 posts, Newbee @ 8:37 am

    Beautiful girl:)

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:12 pm

    LOL I love this. Mrs. Wallaby is my wedding crush!

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    msmongoose 264 posts, Helper bee @ 1:20 pm

    Hahaha I love DIY as Destroy It Yourself–I’m a hopeless DIY’er as well!

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    mswallaby 2067 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:13 pm

    LOL girl you are too funny! I love your concept of destroy-it-yourself… I ruined one of my favorite hardback books trying to glue ribbon onto it to make it into an alternative ring bearer pillow. Whoops.
    @Blonde17Jess: Aw you are so sweet!!!!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:11 pm

    @shaynapunim: aww keep looking, you’ll find one… or two most likely!

    @xjamiem: thanks girl!

    @Blonde17Jess: Wallaby’s wedding was GORGEOUS, great crush!

    @Miss Mongoose: Yay, a fellow destroy-er!! :)

    @Mrs. Wallaby: Thanks! :) Glad you were able to re-purpose your DIY’s!

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 10:02 am

    I have two nanny children and trying to explain my relationship to them and their mother is always complicated. “The mother of the girls I nanny/babysit” comes out of my mouth like squares through a circle hole, you know? Preach, girlfriend.

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:34 pm

    @StephK527: Yay, someone who really GETS IT. Thanks girl!

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    futuremrshockey, Guest @ 8:18 am

    I love the term nanny child! I’m also a nanny and have 4 of my nanny kids in the wedding and was struggling with the wording for the program. I agree with people not understanding the relationship and bond you end up having with the kids. I spend more time with them then the parents sometimes.

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    MissMaryPat 40 posts, Newbee @ 8:58 am

    FYI…YOUR wedding is my Wedding Crush ;o) Three weeks, right? We’re going the Irish route tho, not Scottish. Best of luck in the following weeks!

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:27 pm

    @futuremrshockey: Yay, so fun to hear from other nannies! :)

    @MissMaryPat: awww, this comment totally made my day. So sweet. Irish, Scottish, they’re all friends! :)

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