Post # 1
I bought my bridesmaids and MOH two gifts: A really pretty blue topaz necklace to wear for the wedding, and personalized bathrobes. The bathrobes arrived today, and they’re super cute… but I totally effed up the monograms. They’re script initials with the center letter slightly enlarged, and all of the robes have the middle initial in the middle instead of having the last initial in the center, flanked by the first and middle initials.
At first I thought the vendor screwed up, but I went back and looked at the ordering options… and they definitely said to list the initials in first-last-middle order, and I had definitely listed them first-middle-last instead. (In my defense, the text with those directions sort of bled into all the other text on the monogram page, and when you’re dealing with brides, don’t you think you should make things like that really super obvious? In, like, huge giant letters so women like me who are also trying to think about caterers and flower arrangements and not killing their mothers can’t possibly misunderstand?) I definitely messed it up all on my own.
So now I’m at a loss… the middle initials aren’t so ridiculously oversized that they don’t make sense. So I could conceivably give them to my bridesmaids anyway and either (a) they might not notice/care or (b) I could tell them the story and we all have a good laugh about what a moron I am. Or I order a new set of robes and actually follow the directions correctly this time… but the idea of the additional expense seems so wasteful and awful.
Moral of the story: Quadruple check before getting something monogrammed. Because I swear — I swear! — I triple-checked this order and had it exactly right. Ugh.
Post # 3
Tell them the story and laugh about it. Who cares about the monogram. Plus it may make them smile every time they see it.
Post # 4
Yes, I would give them anyway. I think it’s stupid how monograms go first – last – middle. It should be in order!
Post # 5
ya i say still give it to them with your explanation. its a bathrobe. i know i would still wear it no matter what.
Post # 6
I would say the same, just tell them about your mistake and laugh about it. I don’t think too many people will see them in their bathrobe anyways so it’s not like it will be a huge deal.
Post # 7
Yeah, give it to them anyway. More personal than ever 🙂 still an awesome gift!
Post # 8
Thank you! I needed that. You’re all right — it’s a bathrobe, not the end of the world. And I think they’ll get a smile out of it.
Post # 9
Give it to them. Definitely makes a great story and really not many people are going to see them.
Post # 10
I think it makes it even more special – I would laugh hysterically if that happened!
Post # 11
I didn’t even know that monograms went first, last, middle lol. If I was on the receiving end of your gift, I wouldn’t even KNOW! Just give them. Totally up to you whether to make them privy to your mistake.
Post # 12
Tell thge story and laugh about. That’s why they are your bridesmaids anyway!!!!
Post # 13
OMG I’m so glad we’re not alone!!! My FI bought these cooler chairs for his groomsmen and the exact same thing happened!!!!! We have so much time I think he is going to take them to an embroidery place and let them know what happened and see if they can fix it BUT I think since a robe is something your girls will only wear in their own home, give it to them anyway, it is a cute mistake! lol
Post # 14
What a great gift idea! And honestly, I’d rather have it go first middle last…I think the other way is a little strange! Your girls will love the gift!
Post # 15
Tell them! Bet they won’t care.
My parents had this same issue with ordering a wine cooler only it was the companies fault, or I’d never know it goes first-last-middle (which I don’t like anyhow).
Post # 16
OK, there’s this commercial on TV with Neil Patrick Harris, and the monogram on his door goes nPh! I noticed this in an intoxicated state last night and had to write myself a note to tell you this later XD So maybe there’s more than 1 good way to do it