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Monogramming Rules and Etiquette FAQ

HOW DO YOU SET UP A COUPLE'S MONOGRAM?

When choosing a gift for a couple, we have found that 98% of our customers prefer this new modern pattern:

Her  First Initial   Their Last Initial    His First Initial

BKN

For instance, if her name is Barbara and his name is Nick and their married last name is King we would put her first initial on the left of the last name which will be in the middle and larger than the two first initials of the couple.  

WHAT IF I AM UNSURE IF SHE IS TAKING HIS LAST NAME?

Often our customers struggle with a monogram choice when they are unsure if a woman will be changing her last name to her husband's name.  In this case we sometimes overlap the two letters of their last name as shown:                


                                                H

                                                     K

 


Or we will play it safe and just use the letters of their first names such as:

B&N or B+N


WHAT ELSE COULD I USE INSTEAD OF INITIALS?

For a wedding gift we will often put the date of the wedding on the item which speaks for itself.  We have done anything from a new address for  a housewarming to a number for a big birthday.  The possibilities are endless.

 

DO YOU USE A WOMAN'S MIDDLE INITIAL OR MAIDEN NAME AS THE MIDDLE INITIAL?

Some people are unsure as to whether the woman they are monogramming a gift for uses her maiden name or her given middle name as the middle initial on her monogram. We have found that 95% of women use their maiden name (Facebook is a great place to find that initial).  In the case of someone with a double first name such as Mary Ann many of these women usethe M and the A as their first and middle initials.