Monogram Etiquette: What Newlyweds Need to Know

Whether you’re looking to personalize something with your new last name (ek!) or are looking to give an extra special gift to the bride and groom, there are a few monogramming “rules” to follow. So before you go adding a monogram to a set of towels or go gifting the bride with a monogrammed robe for her wedding day, be sure to read on!

Chances are you’re familiar with monogramming from back in your elementary school days when you had a backpack emblazoned with your initials on it. Now that you (or a friend) are getting married you have to take into account whether they’ll be changing their name.

Couple Monogramming:

 

Traditionally women either take their husband’s last name, only changing their last initial, or shift their maiden name to the middle name slot, taking their husband’s last name in place of their own. Many women also keep their maiden name professionally and take their husband’s last name socially. Men on the other hand don’t usually change their initials unless he and his spouse opt for a hyphenated last name. When it comes to couple monogramming, we outlined a few options above. If the bride and groom decide to share a hyphenated last name, a hyphen is also used in the monogram.

If the bride keeps her maiden name, the couple’s monogram would be dual initials, having the two last name initials separated by a dot, asterisk, etc. This will help to differentiate the monogram from a hyphenated last name monogram. In the example above, Elizabeth Grace Brown and Charles William Smith would use B*S as their combined monogram.

Types:

Most monograms can be divided into two main categories: monograms where letters are all the same size (block) and monograms where the center initial is larger. The larger center initial style is mostly used for couple monograms.

Style:

When it comes to the actual typography, the sky is the limit! If you’re gifting a monogrammed item, it’s best to stick with basic block lettering. If you’re personalizing something for yourself, you can go as intricate or as simple as you would like. Some people even have a custom illustration or crest drawn for them. This is your chance to really let your own or your couple personality show.

What to Monogram:

If you’re trying to decide what exactly to mongoram, the options are endless. The most commonly monogrammed items are linens, towels, china, and stationery. A lot of couples will already have these items picked out on their wedding registry with their chosen monogram, so you won’t have to worry about which to chose. 

*All photos via The Knot

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