Let’s start with the basics… What is a monogram?
A monogram consists of a person’s initials and is used for adding a traditional detail and person touch to gifts, home decor, jewelry, and more. Did you know that monogramming dates back to early Greek and Roman times? Back then, monograms functioned as a signature for artists and royals, as a way to barter, and to indicate social status. Today, monograms serve to tell a story about our values and traditions, add a decorative touch to our belongings, and identify that which is ours.
Ok, so what order do my initials go in?
In order to help you with your monogram selection, we have created a guide based on traditional monogrammed etiquette.
For The Couples
Traditionally, a married couple’s monogram has the wife’s first name initial on the left, the large last name initial in the middle, and the husband’s first name initial on the right.
For example, Anna and William Smith’s monogram would look like this:
Another option for couples is a single letter monogram with their last name initial.
For example, the Browns might have something like this:
For The Girls
Traditionally, a female monogram consists of the first name initial on the left, the large last name initial in the middle, and the middle name initial on the right. For a married woman, the initial on the right can be her middle name or her maiden name. If you have two middle names, you can either pick one or have both stacked on the right.
For example, Kathryn Ann Clark Thompson’s monogram could look like this:
Even if you have two middle names, you can still have a monogram made.
Here’s what Madison Ann Riley Phelps’ monogram might look like:
For The Guys
Traditionally, male monograms can mimic female monograms with the first initial on the left, the last name initial in the center and larger than the others, and the middle name initial on the right. However, it is also common to see them all the same size and appearing in name order (first name initial, middle name initial, last name initial). Additionally, men can stack their first and middle name initials on the left with a large last name initial on the right.
For example, Henry Caleb Stewart could have his monogram as any of the following:
Names Or Words
In the event that you are trying to give a gift and do not know the recipient’s middle name, you can always opt for their first name, a nickname, or word that represents who they are to you.
If you have any questions about how you should enter your monogram into the order form or are confused as to how it will look, feel free to contact us! We are more than happy to help.