Understanding Monograms

We have all seen Monograms. They are beautiful, or can be. Monograms can be found on Linens, Napkins, Invitations and more.

Okay, got that, Monograms are really pretty. But how is a Monogram written? Which letter comes first? What is the order of the letters that make up a Monogram? If you are asking these questions, know that you are not alone.

So let’s explore the topic of Monograms together. We will start with the basics and go from there.

The first question you need to answer when designing and working with Monograms is the who. Who is the Monogram for? The “Who” will determine how the Monogram is written.

Traditional vs Block Monogram

The Tradition Monogram uses a 3-Letter Rule. The first letter of the last name is in the middle and it is the largest letter. The letter ordering is first name, last name and middle name, using initials.

The Block Monogram is a little easy. All the letters are the same size. The ordering of the letters is first name, middle name and then last name.

A Monogram for a Woman

Traditionally, a Monogram for a woman is presented as her first name, last name, and middle initial. If the woman is married, the Monogram is her first name, maiden name, and married name initials.

A Monogram for a Couple

What is the monogram is for a couple and not an individual? Then there are a couple of things to consider. If the couple shares the same last name, then you can use the Monogram Rule for 3 Letters. The first letter of the last name is in the middle. The initials of the first names go on the left and right side.

That should get you started.

While these tips are basic and don’t cover everything, the general information should be enough to get you started. If  you still have questions, please post a comment and I will do my best to help you find the answer.

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