Monogram Etiquette

Monogram Etiquette

We’ve all been there. You find the perfect item and you want a monogram on it. You are ready to check out and then the mental debate starts…”What is the order is the order of my monogram????” The sweat starts pouring down your face and you rack your brain trying to remember if its first name, last name, middle or first, middle, last or its the ever-confusing couple monogram. NOOOOOOOO!!!! The letters start swirling around in your head and before you know it a monogram is out of the question because you’ve forgotten your own name.

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Okay, maybe your experience hasn’t been that traumatizing, but either way we want to take the confusion out of the monogram. Monogram etiquette does not have to be a mystery. There are rules, but no need to memorize them all! We are here to help.

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Letterpress printing a monogram on stationery or an invitation is timeless. Make sure you get it right by following these simple monogram etiquette rules:

Monogram for a Woman

A monogrammed gift for a woman should include her first, middle and last initial, or if she is married, her first, maiden name, and married name initials. Traditionally, a woman’s monogram is presented in first, last, middle initial order. So for Annabelle Grace Carter her monogram would be aCg

Monogram for a Man

When monogramming something for a man, many people prefer to use the initials in the first, middle and last order. For example, Michael William Rogers would be MWR

Monogram for a Married Couple

In the “etiquette world” there is quite a debate on who’s first initial goes first. Traditionally, the Groom’s first initial would be first, followed by the joint last initial, then the Bride’s first initial.  Where as now modern feminism is stepping in to say, “ladies first!” This debate may go on for quite a while, but when in doubt the traditional married monogram is always safe choice.

Monogram for Children

The same monogramming rules apply for children as for adults. Gifts for small children, both boys and girls traditionally follow the first, last, and middle initial order. For example, both Sarah Amelie Whitlow and Samuel Andrew  Whitlow’s monogram would be: sWa. As Samuel Andrew Whitlow grows older, it will become more appropriate to move to the first, middle, last initial order for his monogram.

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Monogram Ideas

Do you love a monogram, but don’t know what to monogram? Monogrammed letterpress stationery is a great treat for yourself or for a friend. It makes the perfect newlywed wedding gift. A lot of our customers love ordering a new bride letterpress stationery with her new monogram. Our brides often want a monogram letterpress printed on their wedding invitation or on a belly band. We don’t expect you to memorize these rules though so if you have questions about a monogram just ask! We would love to help! Contact us today at!


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