The most popular of monogram designs is a three letter format where the surname appears center and larger. Traditional etiquette is to use the lady of the house’s initials in the following order: First, Last, Maiden. However, modern tastes have evolved to replace the maiden initial with the husband’s first initial.
Example – Eloise Benton Morris, Eloise & Benjamin Morris
THREE LETTER MONOGRAM - STRAIGHT ACROSS
A three letter monogram is designed for an individual’s name and is not suited for couples who wish to combine their initials. Commonly used for gentlemen, this style is also popular for a modern twist throughout the home.
Example – Nicholas Robert Barlow
TWO LETTER MONOGRAM - CYPHER
A cypher is a decorative two letter monogram that can be used to combine a first and last name (dropping the middle or maiden initial) or two different last names when the partners both keep their last names.
Example – Mary Benton, Lauren Mahoney & Robert Baker
TRADITIONAL TWO LETTER MONOGRAM
A two letter monogram in traditional format will place both letters side by side the same size, and like the cypher can be used to either combine a first and last name or to combine two last names.
Example – Meghan Patterson, Samantha Matheson & John Palmer
A single initial can represent either the first or last name. Single initials are a nice option for a guest room or for informal table linens.
Example – Mary Smith, Thomas Moore