Marriage Monogram: What is it? And what does it symbolize?
What is a marriage monogram? It’s one in which husband and wife combine their initials to create a joint monogram. This is, surprisingly, something that just recently became a trend with marriage monograms. In the past, newlyweds had their own special monograms on different things. In today society’s, most couples create a joint monogram as a symbol of their love, their union, and their new life as husband and wife.
Marriage Monogram: Creating a marriage monogram when the bride decides to change her last name to her husband’s last name-
If the bride decides to change her last name, we put the first initial of the joint last name as the center initial. We’ve all heard and have grown accustomed to the saying “Ladies first”. Not in this case. When creating a marriage monogram, the groom’s first initial of his first name goes to the left of the center initial and the bride’s first initial of her first name goes to the right of the center initial.
- For example: Anna Rose Carter and Sam John Gold. The marriage monogram would be: SGA.
Side note: We would not use their middle name initials for this type of marriage monogram. Also, remember that the center initial is always the biggest in size and the left & right initials are smaller and equal in size to each other.
Marriage Monogram: Creating a marriage monogram when the bride decides to keep her own last name-
If the bride decides to stick to her own last name while married, there isn’t really a set rule to follow when engraving a marriage monogram. There is, however, two different ways you can create the marriage monogram.
One way is: creating a monogram with the wife’s initials, creating another monogram with the husband’s initials, and then combining the two with a smaller symbol.
- For example: Anna Rose Carter. Her monogram would be ACR. Sam John Gold’s monogram would be SGJ. The joint monogram would be ACR • SGJ. Or vice versa. In this case, the bride’s monogram or groom’s monogram can go first in the joint monogram.
(To create a monogram for your own name, make sure to read our last post on “Engraved Monogram Etiquette”.)
Second way is: creating a joint monogram by combining the bride’s first initial of her last name with the groom’s first initial of his last name.
- For example: Anna Rose Carter and Sam John Gold. The joint monogram would be CG. Or it could be GC.