Making sure you get the monograms right can be a little confusing.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about monograms.
With a Traditional Monogram, the middle letter (the last name of the person) is LARGER and in the center. It is flanked by two smaller letters representing the first name on the left and either the middle or maiden name on the right. Traditional Monograms are usually used for women or couples. However, you can use this for a male - we would just suggest using a block font.
With a Block Monogram all the letters are the SAME size. Block Monograms are usually used for men. However, you can most definitely use block monograms for women. We do not suggest block monograms for a married couple.
Women’s Monogram: For most, the conventional personalization for woman is a monogram, consisting of three letters with a larger letter in the middle flanked by two smaller letters on each side. Traditionally, the larger middle letter is for the last name, the smaller letter on the left is for the first name and the smaller letter on the right is for either the middle name or maiden name.
Men’s Monogram: The traditional personalization for a man are his horizontal initials also known as a block monogram. Each letter is the same height and appear in the same order as the actual name – first name, middle name, last name.
Couple’s Monogram: Traditionally when the bride takes the groom’s last name, the monogram is Bride’s First Name, Common Last Name, Groom’s First Name. If you are undecided, just monogram the last initial-for a simple and sophisticated gift.
Single Initial monogram? Here are our suggestions:
Jewelry, Handbags, Bath wraps and other accessories for Women: Use the first name or the initial of her first name or her monogram. For Men: Use either first or last initial or name.Glassware, Barware, Soap, or Candles: Use the first or last name initial of a woman. Use the last name initial for a man or couple if you are planning to monogram with a single initial.
How else might I be able to personalize an item?
• Use only a last name - the entire family will be able to use the item!
• For a newly engaged couple, Mr. & Mrs. or Mr. Right & Mrs. Always Right
• Use something other than a proper name! Embroider items with their intended use (pool, beach, lake, boat, drinks, towels, etc.)
• Use the name of a location or boat (Lucky Lady, Welcome to the Lake, Lake Winola) Use a street address or zip code (21 Spruce or 90210). Use Latitude and Longitude Coordinates of your favorite destination.