(Closed) What’s in a monogram? No really…..what letters….?

posted 13 years ago in Paper
Post # 17
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Lol thanks…yeahhh we figure we’ll just put one big K on things if we do any kind of initial/monogram type thing…blah.

So cute when you say the names together…not so cute when you want a monogram haha

Post # 18
495 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

You could do a K&K type of monogram, that might be cute!

Post # 19
2 posts


You mentioned something about the silver and linens only having the "maiden" initials ~ This dates back to the trousseau or dowry, in which items were handmade (or compiled) by the bride and her family before she was even of an age to marry. 

Post # 20
1449 posts
Bumble bee

I dont know about the monogram, but the womans name goes first if you are not saying "Mr & Mrs. First & Last Name"  So on any stationary or printed items for the wedding the womans name comes first.  This is because the man is not supposed to be separated from his last name.  If you say "Mr & Mrs John Smith", his last name is still next to his first name.  If you say "Jane & John Smith" his name is still next to his last name but if you put "John & Jane Smith" his first name would be separated from his last name. 

Post # 21
18 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

Miss Ballroom:  As far as I know, this also applies to items post-wedding – but you are probably right re. how the tradition started!

Post # 22
1 posts
  • Wedding: June 2000
Post # 23
324 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Our monogram would be vDm…anybody out there thinking it should be mDv (with his initial before mine (Vanessa).  Just wondering because I don’t want anyone thinking of venereal disease when they see our monogram.  The monogram will be incorporated with a cartouche (Besty White Love Logo #16 invite on bestywhite.com if anyone is interested).  Which would you suggest?

Post # 24
6 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

Mmost everything I have read says the woman’s initial goes first.  And everything also says that the man first name should not be separated from his last name.

Just when you are reading one person’s monogram you read first initial, last initial, and then middle initial, if you put the man’s first initial last then when you read it, it’s actually before his name.

For instance if a girl’s name is Anna Beth Smith.  Her monogram would be ASB (with the S slightly bigger).  If they are the same size, then it would be ABS.

The way monograms are set up is to read the first initial, the last one and then the middle one.

So if Anna Smith who marries Chuck Bass, their monogram becomes ABC, and would be read Anna and Chuck Bass.  Thus his first name is no separated from his last name. And the woman’s initial goes first.

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