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Monogram Etiquette & Monogram Guidelines

When you want to give a truly memorable gift that will become a cherished keepsake, we think there is no better choice than a personalized gift. We believe that monogramming makes everything more meaningful. Here is the standard Emily Post Monogramming Etiquette that we normally follow -

Individual Monogram Etiquette - The most common rule is first name initial, last name initial and middle name initial, in that order. So Elizabeth Mary Sullivan's monogram would look as follows: ESM

Married Monogram Etiquette (2 Choices): Modern Monogram Etiquette: The most common rule is the Woman's First Name, the couples Married Last Name, Husband's First Name. So Elizabeth Sullivan married to James O'Neill the monogram would look as follows: EOJ

Traditional Monogram Etiquette: The most common rule to follow is Woman's First Name, Married Last Name, Woman's Maiden Name. So Elizabeth Mary Sullivan married to James David O'Neill's monogram would look as follows: EOS

Mens Monogram Etiquette Or All Same Height Block Font Etiquette: When monogramming something for a man or in our Block or Modern Font with ALL OF THE LETTERS THE SAME HEIGHT, the traditional monogram layout is "First, Middle, LAST. PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU CHOOSE THIS STYLE OF MONOGRAM WE WILL ADJUST YOUR MONOGRAM TO BE IN THE PROPER ORDER OF "First, Middle, LAST" so that it appears in this proper manner for you. For example, James David O'Neill's monogram would be entered as "jOd" on your order form, but we will adjust it as follows: JDO

It is also correct to put a gentleman's surname initial larger in the middle. For James David O'Neill the monogram is also acceptable as follows: JOD

SPECIAL NOTES ON THE ROUND (CIRCLE) MONOGRAM: PLEASE NOTE: THIS FONT CAN LOOK SLIGHTLY "CUT OFF" OR "SQUARED OFF" IF YOU HAVE A "J", "L" or "O" AS THE FIRST OR MIDDLE INITIAL, and a "D" in the left side position will come out backwards to keep the integrity of the circle. (PLEASE click on "Monogram Font Choices" in the left margin to see all letters before ordering this font).