Many Marriages start with Monograms and Marshmallows and end with Moments of Merriment.
A monogram is a lovely nod to the two people the wedding is about. It can add a special little touch and brings the two of you together in an elegant way. A monogram can incorporate different styles and images and can almost be like a wedding ‘logo’. The best part is you don’t have to stop at your wedding – you can print it onto personal stationery.
Monograms can include any variation you can think of including names, wedding dates, initials surnames – it’s up to you! US designer Kimberley at The Event Essentials designs gorgeous monograms and she told me:
‘Monograms are fun. Coming from a marketing / advertising background of 9 years, I try to tell my brides to think of their monogram like a logo for a business. Do something that says “YOU” not “MARTHA STEWART” (I Love MS, by the way!!!)
A monogram is more like a logo for a couple, so incorporate anything fun that basically states the couple. And find a way to use design elements that you can continue to use in the future. Like on your mail, photos, etc. I will also do a monogram that shows the couple utilizing their two names together and then using their two names together and new last name.
Etiquette states the last name or initial shouldn’t be used in anything prior to the ceremony. Those rules can bend a little, however, if it’s important to a couple, I will always create two monograms for their use. One with just their first names (or initials) and the same exact design with their last name to use in pieces after their ceremony (menus, gobos, etc.)’
Here are some of Kimberley’s monograms to get you inspired-
Monograms usually start with your wedding invitation – this is the prelude to your event and can set the tone so using a monogram on your invitation can set the scene!
Flourish Invitation from Alannah Rose Stationery
Your monogram can then become a feature throughout your wedding.
From your Stationery…. Order of service booklets, place cards, menu cards and guest books
Order of service, place cards and menu card from brides.com. Guest book from Jenni Bick Bookbinding
Other ideas include water bottle labels, thank you cards, thank you tags, coasters, tissue packets
…….To your wedding day look– dress, parasol, bouquet
Wedding dress label from The Gartermaker, Monogram parasol from Martha Stewart, bouquet from Martha StewartOther ideas include a charm around your neck or hanging from your bouquet,
……To the reception…. serving plates, entrance ways, dessert, table runners
Dessert plates by marthastewart.com, Hanging letters from Martha Stewart graced the party entrance at this wedding, small cakes adored with the couples married initial by Martha Stewart, table runner from Filigree Monograms
Other ideas include hanging letters, champagne flutes, dance floor design, cake knife, chocolate letters, napkins, coffee toppings, guest book pens.
…….To your wedding favours
….And Your Wedding Cake
Melissa & Brian’s Wedding Cake from Theknot.com, Monogram cake from Martha Stewart, cake from brides.com, Kristen and Billy’s wedding cake from theknot.com
Also consider a cake topper using steel, crystals or wooden letters.
There are even companies that specialise in bringing your monogram to life. Wonderful Graffiti Wedding is a company that creates beautifully designed vinyl pieces which you can adhere to almost any surface – flooring, walls, glass windows and more! It removes easily and can create the most beautiful touch to your wedding!
For The Newlyweds
If you’re a wedding guest- why not get the newlywed’s monogram put onto something special for them. Ideas include:
- table runners