One of the things I get asked a lot is about monogramming. Most of the questions are about placement – but there are two things that need to be considered regarding monogramming – Placement and Etiquette.

Let’s look at etiquette first so that we can use monogramming to create the perfect monogram.

His and Her Examples

Rachel Marie Bolen

George Michael Howard

f1

Initials
Same size
First,Middle,Last

f3b

B
Single Initial
Last

f2

Initials
Center larger
First,Last, Middle

m1

Initials
Same size
First,Middle,Last

m3

H
Single Initial
Last

m2

Initials
Center larger
First,Last, Middle

For Individuals with VON, VAN, DU, etc., that have a two-word last name such as: Rebecca Ann Van Gogh

Individuals with “O”, Mc or Mac but a one word last name such as: Patrick James O’Leary

van1

Initials
Same Size

vg2

Initials
Same Size
Last Only

ol1

Initials
Same Size
First,Middle,Last

ol4

Initials
Last Only

ol3

Initials
Center larger
First,Last, Middle

Married Woman Who Hyphenates Last Name
Rachel Marie Bolen-Howard

Married Woman Who Keeps Maiden Name
Rachel Bolen married George Howard

hyp1

Initials
Same Size

hy2

Initials
Center Larger

hy3

Initials
Last Only

m3

Single Initial
Married Last

hy2

Initials
Center Larger

keptn

Initials
Last Names

Couples Examples

If Rachel Marie Bolen and George Michael Howard Marry
Their Combined Monograms Would  Look Like This

If Rachel Keeps Maiden Name (when she marries George)

c11

Initials
Center larger
Wife’s First
Married Last
Husband’s First

mar2

Single Initial
Married Last

mar3

Hyphenated
Wife’s First
Last Names
Hyphenated
Husband’s First

keptn7

Single Initials
Last Names
Casual

keptn

Single Initials
Last Names

mar1

Initials
Center larger
Wife First
Married Last
Husband First

Couples with Van, Von, Du etc.
Couples with “O”, MC, Mac

vg2

Initials
Same Size
Last

vanm1

Initials
Center larger
Wife’s First
Married Last
Husband’s First

mc4

Initials
Center larger
Wife’s First
Married Last
Husband’s First

For Same Sex Couples
List alphabetically using first names
The set up is the same for men and women

Example: Alex Turner and David Miller

ss3

Initials
Same Size
Both Last Names

ss1

Initials
Same Size
Both Last Names

ss4

Initials
Same Size
Both First Names

I hope you found the monogram etiquette handy. Next week we’ll have a post on monogram placement.

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