All About Monograms in 5 Quick Tips
Paperia | July 2016
Monograms have longed been used to personalize stationery – whether it’s for your standard, everyday notecards, an anticipated birth announcement, or a formal wedding suite.
But – those pretty little letter clusters can be tricky! Where to put the last name initial, what happens when you marry, etc…
Here are 5 Tips to help decipher the etiquette surrounding monogram usage:
- 3-Letter Monogram: When using this to represent a single person, use first name initial on the left, middle name initial on the right, and last name initial (larger) in the middle. Alternatively, you can make all three letters large and place them in name order – JAS for Jennifer Anne Smith.
- 1-Letter Monogram: Use single letters to represent a first name or a last name.
- Marriage Monogram: Represent the wife’s name with the letter on the left, the husband’s name with the letter on the right, and the shared last name with the (larger) letter in the middle. Note: this should only be used on stationery presented after the official wedding ceremony is complete.
- 2-Letter Monogram: Use this to represent two first names or a first name and a last name
- Monogram Style: The fun thing about monograms is that they can be portrayed in a wide variety of fonts, colors and type styles. Select the look that embodies your personality best – whether it’s sophisticated and clean, or fun and quirky. Strive to make your monogram as original as you are!