One of the most important decisions in buying a monogrammed gift is selecting the monogram style and order of the initials. Here are a few general guidelines for monogramming to make it easier for you:
For a Married Couple (or soon to be):
The monogram will contain the bride’s first initial, the surname of the couple, and the groom’s first initial, in that order.
Monogramming a Gift for a Woman:
A monogrammed gift for a woman should include her first, middle and last initial or if she is married, her first, maiden name, and married name initials. Traditionally, a woman’s monogram is presented in first, last, middle initial order.
Tradition dictates that a woman’s maiden initials are always appropriate to use, even after she is married. However, it is more common to use a woman’s first, maiden, and married surname initials once she is wed
Monogramming a Gift for a Man:
For men’s gifts, it is very important to consider the shape of the item to be monogrammed when choosing the order of the initials. When monogramming something for a man, many people prefer to use the initials in the first, middle and last order. This letter format is often found on personal items such as briefcases, luggage, shirt pockets and cuffs.
Monogramming Gifts for Children:
Children often receive monogrammed or personalized gifts when they are born and to commemorate special occasions such as birthdays and christenings. The same monogramming rules apply for children as for adults. Gifts for small children, both boys and girls traditionally follow the first, last, and middle initial order.