The New Lan­guage Of LOVE

For­get Love Is­land’s ‘graft­ing’ and ‘melt’, there’s a whole new dic­tio­nary for mil­len­nial wed­dings

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The Earli-moon Mean­ing: Ev­ery­one knows that plan­ning a wed­ding can put pres­sure on a re­la­tion­ship. In fact, 18 per cent say it’s the most stress­ful life event ever. That’s why so many cou­ples are hav­ing their hon­ey­moon be­fore the big day. It’s said to soothe ten­sions and give you some­thing to look for­ward to – plus your tan will be on point for the wed­ding pho­tos, which is great. How it’s used: ‘We’re tak­ing an earli-moon and our par­ents are sort­ing out the rest of the wed­ding.’

The Com­mit­ment Cer­e­mony

Mean­ing: Mil­len­nial cou­ples are shun­ning the of­fi­cial part of the wed­ding cer­e­mony, with re­search sug­gest­ing we find it ‘dull’. This way they can have an un­of­fi­cial cer­e­mony any­where they please, with­out be­ing be­holden to the tra­di­tional (and legally bind­ing) vows and rules about of­fi­ci­at­ing. The le­gal bit gets done on a sep­a­rate day. How it’s used: ‘Who wants to sit through the bor­ing bit? We had a com­mit­ment cer­e­mony so the whole day was just one big party.’’

The Grand Get­away

Mean­ing: No longer is it enough to make a big en­trance at your own wed­ding. Nope, now it’s all about the big exit. From speed­boats to sports cars to he­li­copters, you need to de­part in style. How it’s used: ‘Oh, you should have seen their grand get­away – it was mar­vel­lous. Al­though the he­li­copter blew my fas­ci­na­tor right off!’

The Heads-up

Mean­ing: The grooms­men hold­ing up the bride? So old hat. The best way to con­firm you’re hav­ing the most mil­len­nial of wed­dings is to make sure you have a ‘headsup’ shot of you and your guests, taken by a drone. How it’s used: ‘I’ve got neck­ache from their heads-up – I’ll be in pain to­mor­row.’


Mean­ing: Ab­bre­vi­a­tions of the mother of the groom (MOG) and mother of the bride (MOB), who each have their own du­ties (mainly in­ter­ven­ing in things you’ve asked them not to.) How it’s used: ‘I’ve sat the MOG and MOB apart to pre­vent any drama [cue eye roll].’

The Mi­cro-moon

Mean­ing: When you want take a break af­ter your wed­ding, but you took a lot of time off in the run-up to your nup­tials so in­stead plan a 24-hour break as a quick get­away ahead of the ac­tual hon­ey­moon. How it’s used: ‘I couldn’t pos­si­bly dash off to Bali with all this to clear up – we’re mi­cro-moon­ing in­stead.’

‘Oh dar­ling, should we skip the com­mit­ment cer­e­mony and get straight to the mi­cro-moon?’ Hands up who’s at a mil­len­nial wed­ding? ‘I would but the MOG would be livid – she’s al­ready booked the heads-up!’

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