What is a Monogram?
A monogram is a design consisting of two or more combined or interlaced initials - usually a first, middle, and last name. Adding a monogram is the perfect way to make something more special, thoughtful and unique. This guide features real-life examples for all the most common monogramming questions, so you can learn how to create the perfect monogram!
But remember although these are the more “traditional monogram rules,” there are no right and wrong ways to create monograms. Most of the time, it depends on the person receiving the gift. Focus on fitting the design to their personality, and you won’t go wrong!
A personal monogram consists of three initials (first, middle and last names). If someone doesn't have a middle name, they often use a dual initial monogram or opt to use their last name initial only.
For Men & Women
For women, a traditional monogram is typically done in the Victorian Style. Which has the fist initial, then the last(this initial is typically larger than the rest), and finally the middle or the maiden name initial.
For men the traditional monogram consists of the same size lettering straight across. With the first, middle, and then the last.
Babies & Children
Just like with men and women, monograms for children follow the same order of first, last and middle initial, with the last name initial being larger than the other two. Typically when a male child reaches the age of two The monogram format changes to first, middle, and last all the same size.
The most memorable gifts are the ones that become family heirlooms. Commemorate special moments and celebrate engagements, weddings and
anniversaries with a monogrammed gift they will treasure for a lifetime.
Many couples choose to monogram items using both of their initials. This is especially popular for barware, stationery or linens. If the bride takes the groom's last name, joint monograms are pretty straightforward. In most cases, the woman's first name initial comes first, followed by the shared last name initial, and finally the man's first initial.
Simple monograms have made way for more elaborate designs—hand-lettering and illustration can breathe life into any set of letters. Custom monograms are usually drawn by a letterer or illustrator and often include linking characters with scrolls or other designs. These works of art look more like family crests than snippets of the alphabet.