Learn the Right Way to Monogram
Monograms are an essential element of Southern style. They can also be complicated.
Monograms are an essential element of Southern style. Let’s get real: monograms are, in fact, a mandatory element of Southern style. They make a statement. They make your statement. Monograms put a personal spin on everything from tote bags and cufflinks to silverware and shams to pillows and pocket squares. Monograms can also be tricky. Mastering the order (“What goes in the middle?”) can be complicated and downright confusing. But knowing how to present them is key to telling your personal story. And once you get it right, the options are endless on how to make them look great–and just like you. There are so many different shapes, sizes, and weights. And so many color options too. For example, a single woman with a double-name will have a monogram that looks incredibly different than a single woman without a formal middle name. What’s the proper order? Should everything be an upper case letter? We’re here to set the record straight.
For an individual, the first name initial is followed by the last and middle. The last name initial (center) is larger than those on the side.
Three Letter Monogram
Place the initials in order (first, middle, last) at the same size for an individual monogram.
Two Letter Monogram
If you don’t have a middle name, place the initials in order (first, last) at the same size.
Double Name Monogram After Marriage
Many girls with double first names aren’t sure how their monogram should look after they get married. Start with the double name initials stacked. Then the married name initial in the center, followed by the maiden name initial. The double name initials when stacked should be the same size as the maiden name initial. The married last name initial (center) will be the largest.
Multiple Middle Name Monogram
If you have multiple middle names, start your monogram with your first name initial. Follow this with your middle name initials, and end with your last name initial. All of the initials should appear at the same size.
Traditional Couple Monogram
Begin with her first name initial, followed by the married last name initial, and end with his first name initial. The last name initial (center) is larger than the first name initials.
Double Last Name Couple Monogram
If the individuals both keep their last names, start with her first and last initial followed by his. The two last name initials (center) will be larger than the two first name initials.
Hyphenated Last Name Monogram
For an individual with a hyphenated last name, begin with the first name initial, followed by the two last name initials, and end with the middle name initial. The two last name initials (center) will be larger.