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Monogramming & Etiquette Tips
Women's Monograms: For most, the conventional monogram for women consist of three letters with a larger letter in the middle flanked by two smaller letters on each side. Traditionally, the larger middle letter is for the last name, the smaller letter on the left is for the first name and the smaller letter on the right is for either the middle name or maiden name. Check out the handy little example below:
Name: Jill Ann Smith
Now, if Jill got married to James Martin Barker and she kept her maiden name as her middle name here's what happens.
Name: Jill Smith Barker
Men's Monograms: The traditional monogram for a man is a horizontal monogram. Each letter is the same height and appears in the same order as the actual name - first name, middle name, last name.
Name: James Martin Barker
Monogram: JMB (all letters being the same usually in a block font)
Couple's Monogram: This is where it starts getting a little tricky for a lot of people. Traditionally when the bride takes the groom's last name, the monogram is Bride's First Name, Last Name, Groom's First Name. However, it is totally up to the bride and groom how they'd like their married initials to appear, so it is always good to check with the couple beforehand. If you are in a pinch, just monogram the last initial - it still looks great and they will have no clue how befuddled you were. Here's an example of a traditional couple's monogram:
Couple's Name: Elizabeth A. Jones marries Davis C. Kelly
Blended Monogram: EKD
The Single Letter Initial: If you are using a single letter monogram, how do you know when to use the first initial or when to use the last? The following are general guidelines, but remember, these are just suggestions - you are the one giving the gift...
Jewelry, Handbags, Bath wraps and Other Accessories for Women: Use the first name of a woman if you are going to monogram any of these items.
Glassware, Soap, or Candles: Use the last name of a woman, man or couple if you are planning to monogram with a single initial.
Stamps and Embossers: This one is tricky! For a woman, if you are putting a single initial, you can use either the first or last initial but the trend leans more towards the first name initial. If the stamp is for a man or a couple, we suggest using the last name.
Towels: I bet you never knew these can get you into hot water! Luckily, you can follow the same rule that we mentioned for stamps. You can use either initial for a woman's towel (using a single initial) with the first name being the most popular pick. For a man, or couple, the last name is generally more appropriate. article source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert=GinaMalon
PLEASE READ: Monogrammed Items cannot be returned or exchanged due to the nature of the custom product. Please make sure your order is correct when you place it as it cannot be changed.