Every bride and groom want a wedding that feels uniquely their own. And what better way to achieve this than with monograms? You can use them to personalize details of the day or as gifts for the bridal party. The design you choose can reflect your style,
Time it right. Monograms aren’t just for linens anymore. This is a big moment of transition for couples, and you can highlight it in all sorts of fun ways—like handing out temporary tattoos with your initials at a bridal shower! Just keep in mind: A “married” monogram should appear postvows only. Your guests will enjoy seeing the switch from prewedding initials on the ceremony program to the newlywed version on the reception menus. What’s in a name? Of course, many couples go nontraditional. There are plenty of hyphenated brides (and grooms), as well as couples who keep their own names. Regardless, the monograms of each half of the relationship can now be joined: You might pair your last initials, or connect them with a line or plus sign. Or even do the same with just first initials! Break with custom. An even more creative way to personalize your wedding is to incorporate a motif that both of you find meaningful. Maybe there is a symbol that represents an inside joke or a shared hobby. You could use that emblem to adorn everything from décor to cake. Design your own. You don’t need to be a graphic artist: Many calligraphers and independent designers, for a reasonable fee, will create a monogram that suits who you are as a couple; just do a quick online search. Or, if you’re buying gifts or registering for housewares, some retailers, such as Mark and Graham, have custommonogram generators on their websites for personalizing a range of products. Monograms everywhere. Finally, embrace initials! Have your bouquet ribbon or napkins embroidered. Give bridesmaids their own initials on necklaces or business-card holders. Order a stamp and use it on your menus, place cards—the works. (Etsy is a good resource for custom-stamp makers; many will let you upload your own artwork.) Or register for monogrammed items like china, then celebrate the symbol of your union for years to come.
THE DETAI LS: 1. Gold and silver initial tattoos, $1 for 3 letters, fashiontats.com. 2. Maya Brenner asymmetrical initial necklaces, 14k gold, $240 each, markandgraham.com. 3. Initial businesscard holder, $30, katespade.com. 4. Signature Monogrammed China Collection dinner plate, $335 for a 5-piece place setting, pickardchina.com. 5. Custom monogram (for wedding suite), price upon request, stephaniefishwick.com.