On napkins, towels, and barware, a single letter monogram or, more typically, the initial letter of the couple's last name is utilized. For a person, the initial letter of their first or last name is also acceptable. There are no restrictions on what can be used for a monogram.
People often ask if a monogram can contain each party's full name? Can it include birth dates? Yes, absolutely! Names may be used in combination with other symbols or words to create a unique design. Dates are helpful but not required for couples who want to create a personalized wedding gift.
Monograms can be simple or elaborate depending on your budget and personal style. They can be created using computer-printed materials or hand-drawn designs. The only restriction is that the letters must be able to be seen clearly through the material. This means that thin fonts or small letters cannot be used for a monogram. It also does not matter how you arrange the letters - symmetrical arrangements or not - as long as they can all be read easily.
Wedding gifts have different budgets and styles. From custom-made blankets to hand-painted bowls, there is a gift for everyone on your list. No matter what type of wedding gift you get people will love seeing your name or monogram on something special.
Monograms are customary. The first initial of a person's name is followed by the last and middle initials. The initial of the last name (in the middle) is bigger than those on the sides. Sometimes only the first letter of the initial is used.
In English-speaking countries, it is common practice to use an initial for names that would otherwise be spelled out in full: John Doe, Jane Doe, Michael John Smith, Susan Mary Smith. This is called an "initialism" and creates some interesting word combinations such as "John Doe's eyes are blue".
In French-speaking countries, it is normal to use the whole name for these cases: Jean Doe, Marie Doe, Louis Doe. This is called a "mononym" and creates even more interesting words like "Jean Doe's eyes are blue".
In India, people usually use their surname as an initial. So, if my name was "Rohit Singh" I would be known as "RSingh" or sometimes just "Singh". This is because in India it is customary to use your surname as an initial when you have one. If you take away the last name from this text, it will still make sense even though there is no first name!
A personal monogram is made up of three initials (first, middle, and last names). If a person does not have a middle name, they will frequently use a dual initial monogram or their last name initial simply. For example, Alice Mary Buchanan would use an AMB monogram.
There are only so many ways to put together three letters, so most people use one of these three basic monograms: a single initial, a double initial, or a triple initial.
A single initial monogram uses the first letter of each of the two names combined with a hyphen to make a single word. The "a" in Alice's name becomes the start of her monogram. There are four possible single initials: AA, AE, AI, and AN.
A double initial monogram uses the first two letters of each name to make two words when read backwards. The "b" in both Bob's and Bonnie's names becomes part of their monogram. There are only six possible double initials: BB, BE, BI, BN, BO, and BP.
A triple initial monogram uses all three letters of each name to make three words when read forwards or backwards. The "c" in both Charles' and Chloe's names becomes part of their monogram.