Deciding how to personalize a gift can get overwhelming — especially if you don’t know what exactly “monogram” entails. Below you’ll find a guide to different types and examples of personalization to help you make the perfect choice.
3-Letter Monogram with Center Initial Larger: In the first picture, you see first name initial, a large last name initial, and middle name initial. (Example: Elaina Renee Moore)
3 Initials with Initials All The Same Size: In the second picture, the first name initial, middle name initial, and last name initial are all printed in order. (Example: Brooke Danielle Campbell)
For men monograms are generally done with all three letters the same size, so keep it simple with first name initial, middle name initial, and last name initial in that order. (Example: Benjamin Henry Moss)
A single large last name initial is perfect for gifts that are small or that may be used by both the bride and the groom. “Mr. and Mrs. last name” is a classic and cute way to monogram a joint gift.
For couples’ monograms that use names, we generally see the bride’s first name (or initial) first, a larger last name initial, and the groom’s first name (or initial) last. There really is no right or wrong order for the bride and groom’s names, so we recommend personalizing your items with the names in the order you prefer.
If you prefer the traditional monogram style of 3 initials, there are plenty of styles that accommodate couples’ initials too. (Example: Paula and Steven Brown) Start with the bride’s first name initial, then the large (new) last name initial, and finally the groom’s first name initial. If you want a more modern look, layer the initials. Put the last initial in the background and the bride’s and groom’s first initials, smaller, on top.
Picking a Monogram Style
How big is the item you are personalizing? What fits best in the space? For small items like rocks glasses, a single letter works best. If you’re monogramming a bag or something like a trough, you have plenty of space to play with initials, names, and layout.
What is the pattern on the item? The busier it is, the simpler you’ll want to make the monogram. A single letter in a plain font is better than 3 initials in a script font if the item has stripes, polka dots, or even just a glittery material.
Monograms are an easy and elegant way to add depth to a gift. A seemingly simple personalization goes a long way towards making a gift more meaningful.