Things You Need to Know About Monograms

Posted by Pande on 4/24/2014

Monograms are a bit of a divisive creation - some people think monograms are stylish and elegant and classy, while some think they’re tacky and overused. If you’re of the former opinion, there’s a chance you’ll like them however they’re done. If, on the other hand, you’re of the later opinion, there’s possibly a good reason it is so – people tend to forget there are certain rules to be followed when adding monograms to objects. That way, monograms end up drawing too much attention, and looking way too flashier than they should.

Whether you like it or not, monograms have been around for quite some time, since the times of ancient Greece and Rome. Back then, they were used by rulers, and were usually a part of the coins that were used as currency. Over time, they've went from being used by royals only to being used by artists and craftsmen as well, and later to being used by pretty much anyone who wants.

If you’re wondering how your monogram should look, you need to take your initials, the first letters of your first, middle and last name, and arrange them in one of two orders. If you want your monogram to have equally-sized letters, then you should arrange them as they appear in your name – the first, the middle, and the last. If, however, you’d like to accentuate the middle letter, then you have to put the first name first initial first, the last name initial second – and larger, and the middle name last.

You can apply your monogram to pretty much everything you like. If you want to apply it to clothing, for example, you should apply it to your dressing shirts. But you shouldn't do a large monogram across the back. For dressing shirts, monograms should be done on the top of the pocket, on the gauntlets or cuffs, or on the placket.

If you’re planning to have a monogram done on a wedding gift, which is a popular custom, you should include names of both of the parties to the marriage in the monogram. Traditionally, the groom’s first name initial goes first, followed by their shared last name initial in the middle, followed by the bride’s first name initial. The middle letter should be larger than the other two. If you’re giving them bedding sheets, the tradition dictates that the first letter should be the bride’s first name initial, followed by their common last name initial – again, larger than the other letters, with the groom’s first name initial being the last letter.