Mad for Monograms!

I must say, I love the look of a monogram. There is something about the beautiful script and the sense of ownership that just says “class.” There was a time when I thought that monograms could be snooty, and I think the lesson to be learned is: don’t go overboard – understated is better.

There are so many options for monograms, especially during wedding season, and many local embroidery shops will stitch monograms on just about anything from linens to purses and children’s clothing.

Generally, monograms come in a single, double, and triple styles in a variety of scripts (cursive, block, capitals, intertwined), shapes (round, diamond, square), and styles (including polka dots, flowers, and plaid).

A single monogram looks like this:

A double looks like this:

A triple looks like this:

Monogramming an entire name is also popular and may look like this:

Monograms at Home

There are many options to monogram home accessories. For example, I have some gold-monogrammed wedding china. I love how the golden letter catches the light during special dinners. It reminds me of our wedding and how I felt to be a bride.

Even more popular than monogrammed china are monogrammed linens, towels, and bathrobes. Many couples choose to put a monogram on their pillowcases, guest towels, or napkins. I have even seen monogrammed flatware and stemware. Monograms have also found their way onto bar accessories and cutting boards, so you can customize just about anything!

I love to give an engaged couple a beautifully monogrammed gift as a wedding present. I try to pick out something I know they will use and enjoy.

Monograms for Travel

Monograms can personalize luggage, purses, garment bags, and luggage tags. A simple initial or set of initials in a bright color can make conventional baggage easier to spot in a busy airport or train station!

Monograms in Mail

Some of the more traditional places to find a monogram are in stamps bearing an initial (like a seal) or in custom stationery. Of course, most paper shops carry stationery sets in every letter of the alphabet since monogrammed accessories have become popular gifts.

Monograms and Children

Many parents choose to personalize their children’s clothing by stitching an initial onto the outfit. This can be especially helpful with multiple children who may get clothing confused. Monograms can also add a bit of flair to a backpack, diary, or make lovely wall art in a nursery or bedroom.  This has become an especially popular trend in recent years.

Leaving Your Mark With a Monogram

One thing I have seen a lot of in recent months is a custom stamp, similar to an address stamp, that bears the name or monogram of a person with the words: “From the Library Of…..” or “From the Kitchen Of…..” These are helpful for folks who enjoy swapping books or recipes.

Further reading: There are plenty of online resources for monogram etiquette and the various styles of monograms available.