Monograms 101

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Posted by admin 02/07/2015 0 Comment(s)

Just about everyone loves to give or receive something with that special personalized touch, and a monogram is the perfect way to make a nice gift more thoughtful and that much nicer! We recently realized we aren't the only ones a bit thrown off by all the rules and tricks when it comes to monogramming or personalizing gifts for ourselves or friends, so we compiled a list to help sort out the do's and don'ts of properly creating personalized gifts.

 

Hopefully you'll find it as helpful as we do!

 

Cheers!

 

Below are a few general guidelines for monogramming to make it easier for you, we recommend you choose a monogram style that will complement both the taste of the recipient and the item you are monogramming — traditional, modern, whimsical and so on. 

 

 

SINGLE LETTER MONOGRAMS:

Single letter monograms typically represent the last name. 

To achieve a single letter monogram using your last name in PatternPop, simply insert your last initial in the Last Name Initial field. For example, if Samantha Patterson wanted to create a single letter monogram using her last name, it would look like this on the product page:

However, as a slight twist, children sometimes identify with their first name much sooner than their last name, so an informal gift intended for a child or a teenager may use the initial of his/her first name or nickname. To achieve this single letter monogram using your first name in PatternPop, you would simply insert your first initial in the First Name Initial field. For example, if Becca Thompson wanted to create a single letter monogram using her first initial instead of her last, it would look like this on the product page:

 

 

TWO LETTER MONOGRAMS:

Single Person

Two letter monograms typically use the first and last initials of one person. 

To achieve this personalized two letter monogram on PatternPop, insert your first and last name initials in their corresponding fields. For example, if Rebecca Thompson wanted a two letter monogram on her item, it would look like this on the product page:

 

Married Couple (or Soon-to-Be)

Two letter monograms for couples typically use the first name initials of Bride and Groom, and no last initial. Traditionally, the Bride's name is listed first, or on the left, with the Groom's name on the right.

To achieve this personalized two letter monogram on PatternPop, insert the Bride's first name initial in the "First Name Initial" field, followed by the Groom's first name initial in the "Last Name Initial" field. For example, if a couple named Sally and Frank Herschel wanted to make a personalized product using a two letter monogram, it would appear like this on the product page:

 

Same-Sex Couples

For same-sex couples, traditionally both partners last name initials are used in a two letter monogram. That"s not to say that you can"t use both first name initials if that's your preference.

          

To achieve this personalized two letter monogram on PatternPop, insert the first partner's last name initial (or first - it's up to you!) in the First Name Initial field, and the other partner's initial in the Last Name Initial field. For example, if Robert Green and Sam Howell wanted to create a two letter monogram using their last names, it would look like this on the product page:

Using the same example, if Robert Green and Sam Howell wanted to use their first name initials in place of their last name initials, they would insert their first name initials in the same fields mentioned above, but use their first initials instead. It would look like this on the product page:

 

THREE LETTER MONOGRAMS:

The three letter monogram is the most traditional, and for that reason, the most common of all monogram options. Below are the most common iterations of this monogram style.

Single Person

For a single person, the monogram will be the same regardless of age or gender. The most common way to show a single person three letter monogram features the first name initial on the left, followed by the last name initial larger and in the middle, and then the middle name initial on the right.

To achieve this personalized three letter monogram on PatternPop, you would insert your first initial in the First Name Initial field, your middle initial in the Middle Name Initial field, and your last initial in the Last Name Initial field respectively. For example, if Olivia Ann Baxter wanted to create a three letter monogram for herself, it would look like this on the product page:

 

 

Married Couple (or Soon-to-Be)

When a couple gets married, there are several options for appropriate monograms. The most common choice is a joint monogram including the initials of both the Bride and the Groom as well as their newly shared last name, symbolizing the union between the two individuals.

This then begs the question of whose initial should go first. The new norm is for the Bride's name to appear first on the left, followed by their newly shared last name larger and in the middle, and finished off with the Groom's name on the right. This is a more modern and fresh take on the traditional couples monogram, and is less formal and more representative of today's more casual lifestyles. It’s what we prefer for our own joint monograms and is what we recommend to those who ask.

To achieve this personalized three letter monogram for a couple on PatternPop, you would first insert the Bride's first initial in the First Name Initial field, followed by the Groom's first initial in the Middle Name Initial field, and finally their shared last initial in the Last Name Initial field. For example, if Ashley and Matthew Smith wanted to create their three letter monogram, it would look like this on the product page:

 

Married Woman

A married woman’s monogram can go a couple different ways. It depends not only on the adoption of her husband's last name, but also on her preference of the middle initial. A traditional practice is for the woman to use her maiden name initial in place of her middle name initial. This follows the same practice as the single person three letter monogram, except that the middle name is switched out in favor of her maiden name.

To achieve a personalized three letter monogram for a woman using her maiden name on PatternPop, you would first insert the woman's first initial in the First Name Initial field, followed by her maiden name initial in the Middle Name Initial Field, and finally, inserst her married last initial in the Last Name Initial field. For example if Courtney Elizabeth Hornsby Nguyen wanted to create a three letter monogram for herself with her maiden name, it would look like this on the product page:

 

Another option is to leave off the maiden name and instead just use her middle name In this case, the monogram is exactly the same as a single person with her first name initial on left, followed by her new last name initial, and then finished off with her middle name initial on right.

To achieve a personalized three letter monogram for a married woman using her middle name on PatternPop, you would insert her first initial in the First Name Initial field, then by her middle initial in the Middle Name Initial field, and finally her last initial in the Last Name Initial field (this is the same as the single person three letter monogram). Using the same example as above, if Courtney Elizabeth Hornsby Nguyen wanted to create a three letter monogram only using her first, middle and new last name (not using her maiden name) it would look like this on the product page:

 

Same Sex Couple

For same-sex partners who both prefer to keep their last names, the norm is to simply include both partners first and last initials. One partner's first name initial on the left, followed by their respective last name initial larger and in the center accompanied by the other partner's last name also larger, and finished off with that partner's first name initial.

                

 

To achieve this personalized monogram for a same-sex couple on PatternPop, you would first insert one partner's first initial in the First Name Initial field, followed by the other partner's first initial in the Middle Name Initial field, and finally, you would insert both partner's last initials - in their respective order (so partner 1's last initial should be listed first, then partner 2's last inital). For example, if Sarah Collins and Pheobe Rookin want to create their monogram as a couple, it would look like this on the product page:

 

 

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?

We hope this post will help you become a master of monograms, but if we missed anything or if you still have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We love to help, and want you to feel confident in your personalized creations! 

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