Bridal Baby Names: Here comes the name

Guest blogger Jasmine Almeida has come up with a novel source of baby names: your own wedding day.

Maybe it was the Pearl detailing on my dress, perhaps it was the Lacey accents on my veil. Or it could have been the gorgeous amnesia Rose bouquet I held as I walked down the aisle. But my guess is, it was marrying the love of my life last summer that got me thinking about how many gorgeous names there are in the world of weddings. Being a freelance writer who focuses on weddings, I tend to look at words related to them a lot – and couldn’t help but get inspired by the many beautiful baby name possibilities that spring forth from weddings.

Of course, there are the flower names, to which I’m partial because my own name is Jasmine and one of my puppies is Daisy.  Naming a daughter after the flower you held in your bouquet on your wedding day is a sweet and sentimental reason for choosing a name like Calla, Daisy, Dahlia, Iris, or Lily, or the more general floral names like Flora or Florence.

If you’ve gone wedding dress shopping, you’re probably familiar with the range of stunning designer dresses available. Naming a baby girl after your dress’s designer would be another romantic way of infusing your wedding-day memories into your naming process. A few favorites?  Vera (after legendary gown designer Vera Wang), Paloma, (Paloma Blanca gowns are spectacular) or Priscilla (of Boston, of course).  Monique (lhuillier), Sophia, (Trolli) or Elie (Saab) are all elegant names as well as legendary wedding gown designers.

Pursuing the gown theme, an unusual crop of names derives from the fabric itself – Georgette is a classic wedding gown material and would also make a lovely variation of Georgia, while Chantilly lace is known for it’s delicate floral designs. Even Chiffon would make a somewhat exotic, rarely seen name, and Organdy, a crisp lightweight cloth often used for gowns, could also double as a girl’s name, as could variations on the official bridal color of white:

Alva

Aspen

Bianca

Blanche

Elodie

As far as boy wedding names go, it’s not quite as easy, but there are a few. Did you wear Christian Louboutin heels (or wish you did)? Were you inspired by celebrity wedding planner Colin Cowie? Or maybe you were married at a church that featured a saint’s name like Michael or Matthew.

More inspiration for a boy’s name comes from the crooners: maybe the voice of Barry White, Bryan Adams, or Elvis Presley swept you away for your first dance.  In my family, we have a history of dancing to Van Morrison songs. Perhaps yours could serve as an idea for a first or middle name.

Speaking of singers – and back to baby girl names – perhaps you danced to the famous “At Last” by Etta James, or “Our Love is Here to Stay” by Billie Holiday, or a love ballad by Céline Dion.  There are also a few names that go hand-in-hand with weddings, like Martha, Diana, or Victoria (the original wearer of white).

Ceremonies, of course, bring to mind some classic names like Faith, Joy, and GraceIsla can be thought of as a fun twist on the word “aisle” and names like Jewel or Pearl are as romantically elegant as they get. And of course, there’s always Tiffany!

If you want to add a bit of wedding whimsy to your child’s name, get personal. Think about your honeymoon or wedding location, the name of the font the invitations were printed in, or the name of the town where he proposed.  And if you’re not married then consider using your “how we met” or “how we fell in love” story as inspiration for baby’s name.

To come up with your own wedding-inspired name, you might try filling in the blanks:

I wore a gown made of _____________ designed by _______________ to my wedding, which took place in _______________.   I carried a bouquet of _____________.  We danced our first dance to_______________________ by _______________________ and went on our honeymoon in ______________________.

Any keepers?

 Jasmine Almeida is a freelance wedding writer based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Her work has appeared in a variety of magazines, blogs, and websites. She and her husband were married in July 2010–and you can see how she looked on that day in the illustration.

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Kim W Says:

November 4th, 2010 at 6:32 am

I joke with my husband that if we ever have triplet girls I’m naming them June, Rose, and Pearl — since we were married in June, I carried roses and wore pearls. Well, he thinks I’m joking. 🙂

Great blog post!

tarynkay Says:

November 4th, 2010 at 8:29 am

Hmm.. not sure this would work for me. My answers: Linen, White House/Black Market, Boca Grande, African daisies, If You Want to Be Happy, Jimmy Soul, various national parks. I guess Linen is possible? But then everyone would assume we were either Communists or Beatles fans, right? I did know a girl in high school named Satin. Everyone called her Satan.

British American Says:

November 4th, 2010 at 8:40 am

@Kim, that would be a wonderful triplet set! 😀

I did have white roses at our wedding, but have never really connected that with naming our daughter Rose. 😛

We had a very small wedding. I guess the names Lilac or Madison could come from there. Madison isn’t my style, but Lilac might be a cute middle name. Now how can I work ‘carrot cake’ into a name? 😉

JackieBlue Says:

November 4th, 2010 at 10:15 am

wore a gown made of Tulle designed by Justin Alexander to my wedding, which took place in Kaiserstuhl in the Black Forest of Germany. I carried a bouquet of Black Eyed Susans and Honeysuckle. We danced our first dance to Fawkes is Reborn (harry potter soundtrack) by John Williams and went on our honeymoon in Europe.

I would consider
Tulle
Alexander
Germany
Susan
Fawkes

tracylyn42 Says:

November 4th, 2010 at 10:29 am

woo! wedding mad-libs! 🙂

my gown was Taffeta, designed by Jasmine… we were married in Lansing, and i carried Calla Lilies. our first dance was to “more than anyone” by Gavin DeGraw. we have yet to take that honeymoon, lol…

i’ve been harboring secret feelings for Calla for some time now, especially given the popularity of Lily. also, since my mother-in-law is named Susan, it would be an excellent namesake to name a little girl Calla rather than the more obvious Lily, after the meaning of her name.

on another note, i recently met a young woman named Sterling, which makes me think that Lansing could potentially work… my dear husband is holding out for Breslin, after the athletic center on campus. i do think it’s cute, but not very wearable for an adult… am i wrong?

tracylyn42 Says:

November 4th, 2010 at 10:36 am

oh! i can’t believe i forgot to mention this, but i am actually a wedding consultant at a bridal salon here in michigan… something that many designers are doing now is giving their bridal gowns names, rather than just item numbers… it gives the dresses personality, and some of the names are just divine. one of the most popular gowns in my shop right now is named Adorae… beautiful!

check out:
http://www.maggiesottero.com
http://www.sotteroandmidgley.com
http://www.splasposa.com
http://www.pronovias.com

Aboentz Says:

November 4th, 2010 at 11:32 am

baby names could be realted on a situation like born in a windy situation could name her WINDY ( 🙂 ) or when the baby born in a sunny brightly day it could be given the name SUNNY

http://www.names-and-babies.net

Aboentz Says:

November 4th, 2010 at 11:34 am

baby names could be realted on a situation like born in a windy situation could name her WINDY ( 🙂 ) or when the baby born in a sunny brightly day it could be given the name SUNNY

Aboentz
andrionowongso@gmail.com
http://www.names-and-babies.net

Kathleen Says:

November 4th, 2010 at 11:51 am

Fun post! This made me think about the designer that made my dress, Matthew Christopher. All the dresses are named, and they are beautiful!
Some of the names: Moet, Astor, Gatsby, Aria, Aurora, Colette, Callista, Vivica, Angelica, Solaris, Zephyr, Iris, Katerina, Opaline, Jeunesse, and Camellia.
My dress was called Imagine. Probably would not use that… but as always I am in love with the name Elodie!

Bella Says:

November 4th, 2010 at 11:52 am

Amazing post! I love weddings, too…

Just FYI- I think it’s suppose to be Sophia Tolli, not Trolli. 😉

I know because she has designed my dream gown

lo Says:

November 4th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

We’ve considered naming a daughter Magdalene after the church we were married – Saint Mary Magdalen

christena Says:

November 4th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

I wore a gown made of COTTON designed by JCREW to my wedding at PROMONTORY POINT in CHICAGO. I carried a bouquet of RANUCULUS. We danced back down the aisle after the ceremony (we didn’t dance at the reception) to It’s Only You (Part II) by SALEM AL FAKI and went on our honey”home” (aka, stayed at home and slept for a week) in WISCONSIN!

this doesn’t work so well with my choices LOL. the wedding was wonderful though!

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Jennifer Says:

November 4th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

This made me giggle- We got married at the Scottish Rite and my hubby’s name is Scott. We went on our honeymoon to Montego Bay, and then named the cat we adopted the week after Monty. So, I think the usuable names are out. We did dance to Ella Fitzgerald….

KelliE Says:

November 4th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Very cool blog Jazzy-Belle, I enjoyed it!

smismar Says:

November 4th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I wore a gown made of satin and lace designed by Private Label by G to my wedding, which took place in Milwaukee. I carried a bouquet of dried flowers. We danced our first dance to Nothing Else Matters by Metallica and went on our honeymoon in London.

I guess a couple of those *could* qualify as personal names, but not for any child of ours! LOL

Becca Says:

November 5th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

I wore a gown made of Taffeta designed by Maggie Sottero called Capri Marie to my wedding, which took place in a Church in Missouri    I carried a bouquet of Gerber Daisies and Calla Lilys  We danced our first dance to ( Didnt Dance )
and went on our honeymoon in Branson MO, Tulsa OK and mostly Galveston TX

The only one I could possibly use is Calla. Mom has a dog named Maggoe so that’s out and I don’t think I could use Capri ( not fond of it )!

Emmy Jo Says:

November 7th, 2010 at 4:07 am

Ooh, fun idea!

My bouquet consisted of roses, hydrangeas, delphinium, and stephanotis. We were married at St. Peter’s Chapel in the month of June. My wedding gown was made of organza. The design was called “Claudia” and it was designed by Maggie Sottero. We honeymooned in Puerto Rico and Costa Rica.

For girls, I guess that gives me Claudia (which I don’t like), Maggie (which is cute as a nickname), Rose, June, and, if I want to be really daring, Delphinium. (Isn’t that the teacher’s name in Kevin Henkes’s children’s book “Chrysanthemum”?)

For boys, I could use Peter or Stephan or Richard (from Rico/Rica). I actually kind of like the idea of using a chapel’s name as the name of your child.

Cailin Says:

November 17th, 2010 at 2:12 am

You could consider the bakery that made your cake. (I was watching How I Met Your Mother and the girl who made the cake for the wedding used the bakery’s name as an alias)
You could also pick a name that goes with the theme (if you had one) of your wedding was. Some people do like beach themes and there are shells in the centerpiece, so they could aim for a beachy or water themed name. I’m really into the retro weddings… so that theme would lend itself to retro names!

sara Says:

November 23rd, 2010 at 12:34 am

I wore a gown made of silk organza designed by James Clifford to my wedding, which took place at Dundurn Castle in Ontario, Canada. I carried a bouquet of white daisies, lilac freesia, and green ruscus. We danced our first dance to Out Of The Blue by John Lennon and went to London on our honeymoon.

I would use Daisy in a heartbeat for our first born (due in May – my favourite name for a girl) but my husband doesn’t like it at all. I also love Lilac, but it doesn’t work with our last name.

Lydia Says:

December 14th, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I wore a beautiful red gown and would have considered the names Scarlett or Ruby but they’ve become much too popular now. And by the time I get round to having a baby my wedding dress will be long forgotten.
I love the idea of using the name of the church although this doesn’t apply in my case.

emilymaryjane Says:

December 31st, 2011 at 4:12 am

My sister Jacqueline (Jaxie) married in september (spring wedding)and wanted me to do this game 4 her:

wore a gown made Lace designed by Ellie Saab to my wedding, which took place in Florence Italy. I carried a bouquet of Roses and Lillies. We danced our first dance to a thousand years by Christina Perri and went on our honeymoon in Europe and Bali.

She is considering using Eleanor (Ellie) and Lillian (Lily)!!!

emilymaryjane Says:

December 31st, 2011 at 10:40 pm

She is also considering Roisin (Rose) and Christina (Christie)

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EmTheNerd2 Says:

October 1st, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Definitely using this for a story I’m writing. I am not nearly old enough for kids, but my characters are my babies!
Mother wore a gown made of lace designed by (unknown, dress vintage) to her wedding, which took place in Charleston, SC. She carried a bouquet of camellias. She danced her first dance to Lorena by Johnny Cash and went on her honeymoon in Savannah, GA.

GrecianErn Says:

October 5th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I wore a gown made of Satin designed by Alfred Angelo to my wedding, which took place in Clinton, IA. I carried a bouquet of Roses and Chrysanthemums. We danced our first dance to “When I fall in Love” by Josh Groban & Celine Dion and went on our honeymoon in Las Vegas.

I don’t think i’d use any of them. Maybe Rose for a middle name…

BerryBry Says:

December 28th, 2012 at 5:29 am

If you were LIVID with JOY maybe Lydia, Lavinia, Livvy, Joy or Happy!!
If you TRIPPed maybe Tripp… or not. If you think it’s going to last forEVER then there’s Forever, Ever or Everlasting. If the planning and build-up was FRANtic then there’s Fran or Francesca!

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