Wedding monogram basics for an elegant reception

One elegant way to make your wedding ultra-personal is to design a custom monogram to use on your big day. But did you know there are rules of etiquette for using a wedding monogram? Here’s the scoop on monogramming and some ideas for incorporating this personalized trend into your big day:

Monogram 101
Etiquette dictates that wedding monograms shouldn’t be used until after the couple says “I do.” Of course, rules are made to be broken, but if you want to stick with tradition, hold off using your monogram until the reception, where there are plenty of places to show it off.

There are three different ways to do a monogram. Many couples go with a single letter – the first letter of the groom’s last name – to signify their union. Another option is to include the initials of both the bride and groom. If you plan to do it this way, the bride’s first initial should be on the left, the groom’s should be on the right and the first letter of their last name should be in the middle – usually larger than the other letters.

If the bride isn’t taking the groom’s last name, they can still use a monogram! It’s pretty popular these days, especially for more laid-back nuptials, to use the first initials of each person joined by an ampersand, heart or plus sign.

Reception basics
Incorporate your custom monogram into the reception with both your wedding napkins and your custom dinner menu. We also love the idea having a simple but gorgeous cake that incorporates your monogram, either as a wedding topper or directly on the fondant or buttercream.

Customized barware
​Another fun place to incorporate your monogram is in your bar accessories. We like the idea of fun monogrammed stir sticks and matching custom coasters to add a personal touch to your signature cocktail or beverage bar.

Personalized favors
Favors are also a good place to use your monogram, especially if you want it to be just one element of your big day rather than the theme. Custom matchbooks just seem like them were meant for a fancy monogram, don’t they? Or, send guests home with something that will last a little longer and remind them of your fun day – notepads personalized with your initials and wedding date.

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