Monogram Tips with Font and Thread Choices

PLEASE NOTE: Some fonts are ‘Initial Only’ or ‘Name Only’. Circle and Mastercircle fonts are monogram (initials) only. Please review the order of letters in your font choice. Some initials don’t translate as well as others in all fonts. In cases that we think another choice will look better, we’ll reach out to you. Please make sure your email address is accurate during the ordering process. Thanks, M&P

Monogram Tips

WHEN PLACING YOUR ORDER PLEASE ENTER THE MONOGRAM INITIALS AS THEY WILL APPEAR ON YOUR ITEM. ON OUR ORDER FORM THE CENTER INITIAL IS THE LETTER THAT WILL APPEAR IN THE MIDDLE OF THE MONOGRAM. Making sure your monogram is in the correct order can be a little confusing. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding monograms.

While the beauty of custom monogramming is the ability to express one’s individuality, there are a few traditional guidelines when it comes to personalizing monograms. Typically, a monogram is a variation of an individual’s initials – first, middle, and last name. If you’d like to have some fun, look to our “creative ideas” at the end.

Traditional Monogram: The middle letter (family name) is larger and in the center. It is flanked by two smaller letters representing the first name on the left and either the middle or maiden name on the right. Traditional monograms are usually used for women or couples.

Women’s Monogram: The conventional format for women is a monogram consisting 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 (family) name, the smaller letter on the left is for the first name, and smaller letter on the right is for either the middle name or the maiden name of a married woman. Example: Mary Jane Smith’s monogram is MSJ.

We’ve recently seen high fashion accessories with women’s monograms in the ‘block’ format, first/middle/last initials or just first and last, two initial monogram. We like this look too. Traditional or contemporary, a monogram is all about you, and your style!

Men’s Monogram: The traditional format for a man is his horizontal initials, also known as a block monogram. Each letter is the same height and appears in the same order as the actual name: first name, middle name, last name. Example: George Henry Smith would be GHS.

Couple’s Monogram: Traditionally, when the bride takes the groom’s last name, the monogram is the bride’s first name, their shared last name, and the groom’s first name. If you’re undecided, just monogram the last initial for a simple and sophisticated gift. Example: George and Mary Smith would be MSG. There are other monogram protocols for hyphenated names, so let us know if you need more information or examples for other married name scenarios.

Children’s Monogram: The same guidelines apply to children as for adults. However, for a boy, it may be more appropriate to follow the women’s guidelines first, changing to the men’s guidelines as he gets older. Monogrammed gifts are a wonderful way to commemorate a child’s birthday, christening, and other important milestones.

Accessories: Use the first name or first initial for a personalized bag, bath wrap, etc. For men, use either the first name initial or last name initial. Use the last name initial for a man or couple if you are planning to monogram with a single initial.

Creative Ideas:
· Use only a last name for a family gift.
· For a newly engaged couple, use “Mr. & Mrs.” Or “Mr. Right and Mrs. Always Right”
· Use something other than a proper name – embroider items with an intended use such as pool, beach, lake, boat, drinks, lost & found, etc.
· Use the name of a meaningful location or boat, “Lucky Lady,” “Welcome to the Lake,” or use a street address or zip code.