Monogram Rules & Conventions

Monogramming has a long history Рeven the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt carved their cartouche into their amulets. Throughout history, people have monogramed however they thought looked best. However, some conventions developed during Victorian Age.

For almost all monogram styles, if there is an initial that is larger or more prominent, then it stands for the family name (surname). If you use a single letter, it can stand for either the first or last name.


Use 3 Letters. Incorporate the First Initial for Both Spouses

The middle initial is largest and stands for the surname. An initial for the bride’s first name goes on one side while an initial for the groom’s first name goes on the other. Which side is used for which spouse varies from place to place and according to preference.

Three Letter Monograms

The middle initial is larger and stands for the surname. The first initial is for her first name. The last initial is for her middle name (or maiden name).

Two Letter Monograms

First name comes first (on the left). The surname comes second (on the right).

Three Letter Monograms

Men often choose a monogram where all three initials are the same size. In this style, the first initial is for the first name, the second initial is for the middle name, and the last initial is for the last name.

Two Letter Monograms

First name comes first (on the left). The surname comes second (on the right).

These are guidelines. Ultimately, your monogram comes down to personal preference.