THE BASICS

What is a monogram? A monogram tells a story. It suggests who we are or want to be, puts forth our views on marriage, tradition and individual identity not to mention the wonderful things it does for linens, stationery and silverware. A monogram consists of a person’s initials —usually a variation on the first, middle, and last name —and much has been written about proper monogram etiquette. To help you get started, we’ve provided tradtional guidelines to monogramming along with a healthy serving of non-traditional ones, so you can make your own monogram tell a story about you.

GUY OR GAL MONOGRAMS

MARRIED COUPLE MONOGRAMS

LAST NAME CHALLENGES

ADDITIONAL RULE: THERE ARE NO RULES

If your monogram spells out an inappropriate word, switch them around. ANYTHING goes! It’s fine to switch the order of the initials in a monogram to make it look just as you’d like.
 

TEXTING AND TWEETING INSPIRATION

The world of texting and tweeting has gone acronym crazy — and we say if you can’t beat them, join them!
 
 

WHERE OH WHERE?

Ok, so now that you know how to create your monogram, the next step is all about location! location! location! But now you’re probably wondering: What gets monogram initials versus personalization? Where do either of those go? Whose initials are used for married couples? The mind reels. So we put together a little cheat sheet for you, including tradItional etiquette and some alternative options to consider.

TOTES MONOGRAM

TRADITION SAYS
use single initial oF last name

EBM SAYS
express yourself!
LEO    MOM    BEACH HOUSE

BARWARE MONOGRAM

TRADITION SAYS
use husband's single-letter or three letter monogram. exceptions: ice bucket, cocktail napikin, bar tray: use couple's last initial (either single or two-letter)

EBM SAYS
call it what it is:
NEAT    BOURBON    BOTTOMS UP

GLASSWARE MONOGRAM

TRADITION SAYS
use single initial, last name

EBM SAYS
be creative:
QUENCH/VINO on glassware,    LET THEM EAT CAKE on a cake stand

BEDDING MONOGRAM

TRADITION SAYS
use three-letter initials in the middle of the top sheet and single initials on shams

EBM SAYS
use acronyms from text/twitter or something unexpected

TABLE LINEN MONOGRAM

TRADITION SAYS
use single initial, typically the woman's first, married or last

EBM SAYS
for the 'not your grandmother's monogram' use: EAT    YUM    MMM

BATH TOWEL MONOGRAM

TRADITION SAYS
use three initials, center larger: first, last, middle

EBM SAYS
have more than one monogram in the bathroom. try: his and hers, mine and yours, mr a, mrs a