Philadelphia Stationery Design: Monogram Traditions + Modern Trends


Custom Wedding Invitations | Red + Black Wedding Invitation by April Lynn Designs

Custom Wedding Invitations | Red + Black Wedding Invitation by April Lynn Designs

Monograms are shortened versions of people’s names, so it’s kind of funny how much there is to say about them! I talked about monograms in this post from not too long ago. However, I realized recently that I’d only scratched the surface when it comes to monograms in Philadelphia stationery design. So here it is: part two of my monogram series! In this installation, I’ll be discussing your custom monogram options in relation to monogram traditions and modern trends.

Throughout, I’ll be using visual examples from this great article by Mark and Graham! It’s a super helpful guide, so if you’re trying to decide what your custom monogram should look like, check it out.

Traditional Monograms

Traditional monograms are appropriate regardless of how traditional your wedding will be. All that matters is whether or not you like the way it looks, and what it represents! Traditionally, a wedding monogram for a married couple will look like this for Lily Newman and Douglas Keane:

Philadelphia Stationery Design | Traditional Wedding Custom Monogram

From left to right: the woman’s first initial, the husband’s last initial (larger than the initials on either side), and the husband’s first initial.

For personal stationery, it is traditional for the woman to include her maiden name in her monogram. Her initials would appear like so on a Philadelphia stationery design:

Modern Monograms

The modern spirit of equality has brought tons of cool monogram options. A two-initial monogram can incorporate both of your last names or both of your first names, whichever you prefer. Then, you have the option of simply putting them side-by-side,

Philadelphia Stationery Design | Two Initial Monogram

or using something to symbolize your union, like a plus sign.

Philadelphia Stationery Design | Plus Monogram

I also like the understated simplicity of this design for two initials:

Philadelphia Stationery Design | Line Monogram

This strategy works well for people who want to hyphenate. If you’re two hyphenators from a long line of hyphenators, you might find yourselves with four surnames to contend with! Not to fear–most people simply use the first initial of the first part of their last name, although that’s optional. You could certainly include all four initials if you got a little creative!

Let me know your thoughts on custom monograms! Will you go the traditional route, or take a more modern approach? Tell me in the comments.

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