We’ve talked about the importance of the monogram and its use throughout history earlier this week. It was a riveting discussion. Today, I would like to expand on that lecture and talk about the placement of letters in a monogram. Please – take a seat – class is in session. Try to stay awake long enough to read through this brief examination.
Why do we need to cover this topic? Well, the people here at Giftsin24.com, like me, would like to take the time to educate our devoted clientele. We eat and sleep stationery, people! If you haven’t already guessed, we actually think this stuff is pretty darn interesting. Use the following information wisely because your next personalized monogrammed stationery will depend on it.
It’s true – a monogram is still a monogram as long as it contains 2 or more letters. Technically, the rules have changed over the years and today you can place any letter anywhere your heart desires. Why this tutorial on the monogram then? Well, tradition plays a big role here. We have all conformed, in some way or another, to the rules of tradition and etiquette. Yup, etiquette is also a big player and it’s a stone cold opponent. Tradition and etiquette work hand and hand, providing us with the rules that we should faithfully follow. There are many factors like the expected roles of men and women and cultural differences that can be stated to further explain why a monogram is a monogram. I will save you the pain of reading that information for another post.
1. A traditional monogram consists of three initials.
2. Two or more initials uncombined, meaning they do not touch, is not a monogram. It is called a cypher.
3. You must use your first name and last name (surname) initial. Your middle name initial should be included.
4. Your last name initial is always in the middle and embellished in some way. It is usually the largest letter in a monogram.
5. Couples should pay close attention here. The male’s first name initial is always placed on the left side of the monogram. The female’s first name initial is on the right and the shared last name initial goes in the middle.