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Monogramming Etiquette

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Proper Monogram Etiquette: Everything You Need To Know

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The Basics:

Monogramming is a great way to add a personal touch to any project, but what exactly is a monogram? A monogram is a symbol or motif that consists of a person’s initials, typically some type of variation on the first, middle, and last name. Believe it or not, there’s been a lot written regarding proper monogram etiquette. To help you better understand, we’ve provided you with some guidelines.


The most traditional style is a 3-letter monogram, with a large letter in the middle. The largest letter represents the initial of the last name, the letter to the far left represents the initial of the first name, and the letter on the far right represents the initial of the middle name.

Taylor Alison Swift

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While the previous style is also appropriate for men, it is more common to use the initials in first, middle, and last name order. Additionally, under this monogramming etiquette, all of the initials are the same size.

Justin Drew Bieber

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Individuals Without A Middle Name:

For individuals without a middle name, it is recommended that you use the initials in order of first and last name.

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Individuals With Two Middle/ Last Names:

For those who have either two middle or two last names, use a 4-letter monogram style. Like the previous style, all initials are the same size and are in order of first to last name.

Adele Laurie Blue Adkins


For Married Couples:

The monogram that is suggested for couples who share a last name is to put the initial of the last name in the middle. This initial will be the largest. The initial to the far left represents the first name of the wife, while the initial on the far right represents the first name of the husband.

Victoria & David Beckham


Following these monogramming etiquette tips will ensure that your personal flair is on point and stylish. Get your favorite piece monogrammed with Pink Lily today!

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