One word of caution: once a gift is monogrammed, it is no longer exchangeable or returnable. It is a keeper. As such, it makes sense to ensure that the gift is the right style and size so that the extra expense and gesture of monogramming is not wasted.
Monogram wedding gift ideas are abundant - from the personalization of linens (sheets, comforters, pillowcases, tablecloths, napkins) to fine crystal, there is certainly a way to individualize a gift for everyone. The following are a few more monogram gift ideas:
- Trinket Boxes
- Photo Albums
- Photo Frames
- Wine Stoppers
- Bathrobes & Slippers
Monogram Fonts and Initialing
There are a few basic monogramming rules that one can use as a guideline when determining the correct order and pattern of initials. Remember, the placement is not about right and wrong Ã?Â? it's all about what the wedding couple will enjoy the most. Monograms are available in different fonts (classic/traditional, modern, and vintage), colors, and styles (arrangement of letters as symbols).
One traditional monogram pattern is simply to place the first initial of the groom on the left, the first initial of the bride on the right, and first initial of the groom's last name in the center. Reversing the pattern of first initials is fine; however, in most cases the center letter representing the last name will be larger than its surrounding letters.
Another option, of course, is to monogram the wedding gift with a single letter representing the last name only. This is a less expensive (but equally striking) look for couples choosing to share a single last name.
Hyphenated Monogrammed Gifts
This leads us to the question of the hyphenated last name. Monogramming for the couple sharing two last names follows the same basic pattern as that of the single-name couple. First name initials surround a larger font middle section of two letters (instead of one). One can intertwine the initials of the hyphenated names to symbolize that connection, but generally speaking the use of an actual hyphen is not popular. And then there are those couples choosing to double hyphenate their names. Most companies will suggest using all the letters, or keeping it simple with first name initials only. When monogramming wedding gifts, it may be helpful to ask the couple what their preferences are.
Whether you choose a simple monogram or a more detailed one, the recipients of this distinguished gift will cherish its symbol of unity and the extra effort that went into making it so personal. As the lights fade on a wedding celebration and the passing of time transforms a party into memories, the solid symbol of the monogrammed letter or letters will become an immortal emblem of devotion.