The Monogram Phenomenon
Monograms are increasingly becoming a popular and very stylish part of our everyday lives. From bath towels to luggage to…you guessed it…stationery, modern women and men are seeking monograms as a fun and unique way to personalize the goods in their lives. In a world of mass-produced, similar looking products, monograms offer a means of creative individualization.
Monogramming is simply the process of marking an item with an individual’s, couple’s, or company’s initials in a stylish way. A personal monogram serves a practical purpose: to identify the owner. And, often times more importantly, a monogram serves a decorative purpose: it allows the owner to send a message about her or his personal style.
Specifically when it comes to stationery, monograms send a message that the owner (or writer) knows who he or she is. When you have plenty of tasteful monogrammed stationery on hand, you’ll be able to send a message about your own personal sense of style each and every time you send a note in the mail.
What’s the correct order for my initials in a monogram?
The first initial of your last name should appear in the middle, with your first initial to the left and your middle initial to the right. For example, if your name is Jonathon Kevin Swift, your monogram would read JSK.
How do I combine my initials with those of my spouse to create our monogram?
If you both share the same last name, the first initial of the last name should be listed first, with (traditionally) the woman’s initial listed first (to the left) and the husband’s listed second (to the right). The monogram for Jonathon and Anne Swift would be ASJ.
For couples who will be keeping (or hyphenating) their names, the best rule is to follow what you think looks best. A simple option is to use each initial from the two first names. Another option is to include the first and last initials of each person (4 letters total).