We all wish we could live our lives like Emily Post and use perfect grammar, diction and tradition when writing and speaking with etiquette. As a stationery company, we make it our business to learn the rights and wrongs of stationery etiquette and thought we would share some tips for the most common etiquette errors we find on customers’ orders. Start a new trend today and begin writing your names and monograms with proper etiquette…
Individual Monogram: A three letter monogram with all letters the exact same size should be written in the following order: first name initial, middle name initial, last name initial.
Example: John Williams Smith would be JWS.
Individual Monogram # 2: A three letter monogram with the middle letter largest and the two side letters the same size should be written in the following order: first name initial, last name initial, middle name initial.
Example: John William Smith should be JSW (with S in the center & largest)
Married Monogram: A married monogram is a modern design in which a husband and wife combine their monograms into one. This should only be used when a couple is married, not engaged. The order of initials should be as follows: wife’s first name, last name of couple, husband’s first name.
Example: Kathy Smith who is married to John Smith should be KSJ (with S in the center & largest)
Writing Your Name:
When writing the name of a married couple remember that a man should never be separated from his surname (last name). This also is true when writing Mr. and Mrs.
Example: Kathy Smith who is married to John Smith should be “Kathy and John Smith”. It should never be written as “John and Kathy Smith”. You could also write this formally as Mr. and Mrs. John Smith.
Can’t get enough etiquette or still have additional questions? Feel free to contact our experts, consult our etiquette and advice section or visit Emily Post’s website on your own.