How to Select & Specify the Correct Monogram for your Engraving:
One of the most important decisions in buying a monogrammed Wax Seal Stamp is selecting the monogram style and order of the initials.
How you should specify your Initials: FROM LEFT TO RIGHT AS YOU WANT IT TO APPEAR ON YOUR STAMP.
In most cases, the last Name is in the Middle (larger than the other letters) with the First Name Initial on the left and the Middle Name Initial on the right. Example: For Susan B. Williams you would enter the Monogram on our website as :SWB
For a couple with a common last name, Ladies first! Then Last Name and then his First Name. Example: Susan and Jack Williams-specify on our website as "SWJ.
Please NOTE: We cannot be responsible for putting them in the right order, as we do not know what the order is. You could be ordering a duogram or a monogram, or you could be ordering for someone else, so please list the Monogram in the order in which you wish it to appear on the die, from left to right.
You can select either your first or last name, there is no right or wrong; only your personal preference.
For a Married Couple (or soon to be):
The monogram will contain the bride's first initial, the surname of the couple (large in the center) , and the groom's first initial, in that order. So Bride first, couples Last name larger in the middle and then Groom to the right.
or a Single Person (Man or Woman):
The surname initial goes in the center and is larger. The first name initial is placed to the left, and the middle name initial is placed to the right. For example Rachel Christitine Montel's Monogram in this case would be RMC.
or All Three Letters Letters the Same Size:
Another common way to arrange Monograms, especially for Men, is to arrange the Initials in the order as they appear in the name, all the same size.. Therefore, Rachel Christine Montelís Monogram in this case would be: RCM
Monogramming a Gift for a Married Woman:
A monogrammed gift for a married woman is traditionally presented in first Name, Last Name (larger) and middle initial order.
For a married woman who wishes to incorporate her maiden name initials into the mix, the sequence is: The surname initial of the married couple is placed in the center. Her first name initial is placed to the left; and her maiden name initial is placed to the right. Though not seen much today, this was quite common up to the middle of the 20th century. It is usually reserved for more formal things like cut glass, china, and silverware. Therefore; Nina Gavin-Smithís monogram would appear like this: NSG
You would use the initial letters in the first and last name for a two-letter monogram. Couples may use the two-letter monogram to unite the initial letters of both their first names.