Your wedding day is all about personalization—from writing your own vows to creating the perfect menu from scratch. And just as the food, music, and ceremony should be totally you, we think your wedding décor should be as well. And thankfully, there's no easier way to personalize than with your monogram!
But when it comes to using your monogram on your wedding day, you have several options. We love the modern take on the monogram, which involves using the bride and groom's first initials only (think A + C). See below, but it looks so minimalistic and fresh when done in a sans serif font. (This is also a great option if you're not taking your partner's last name.) Then, there's always the option to use combined initials if you're taking your partner's last name—in this case, you'd put the bride's first initial on the left, last initial in the middle, and the groom's on the right (same-sex couples can choose their own order). And, of course, you're welcome to use your new monogram (first, maiden, new last name) if it's something like a linen napkin you'll use in your new home. There's no right or wrong way to use a monogram at the reception but remember: If you're using a monogram before you officially say "I do," you should use your maiden name. We know, we know, you're excited to use your new name but that's what makes the big debut all the more special.
Keep reading to see examples of how to use your monogram or initials on, before, or after your wedding day. You'll see a personalized aisle runner, bar set up, drink stirrers—and more!
This is one of our favorite ways to use the monogram. Why, you ask? First, an embroidered linen napkin looks oh-so-beautiful on top of a vintage plate rental like this one. And two, it's a keepsake you can hold onto long after the wedding. As for what to monogram the napkin with, you can use yours (and keep it yourself) or personalize it for each guest (wedding favor alert!).