Monograms in weddings really took off in the nineties, when receptions started to grow sleeker and more personalized. Today, they’re still a very big trend. In some weddings, they’re a grace note sprinkled here and there. In others, they’ve expanded to become the actual theme.

And what’s not to love about monograms?
They’re elegant, understated, versatile, and a dramatic visual
reminder of your new life together.

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Ways to Rock your Monogram

Getting an actual replica of a custom-designed monogram isn’t always easy. But if you’re willing to let that slide, you can find a monogrammed version of just about anything you’d ever imagine in weddings.

Like what? Well, stationery, ranging from save-the-dates and sticker seals to custom postage stamps. And in bridal attire, you’ll find them on bouquet wraps, garters and handkerchiefs, and embroidered onto gowns, inserts or trains.

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Ring bearer pillows are a popular way to bring monograms into the ceremony. So are unity candles, programs, guest books, floral wreaths and door banners. And the reception? You could conceivably add them to head table linens and chair covers, place cards and dinner menus, cocktail napkins, matchbooks and coasters, or custom-labeled bottled water or wine.

And that’s not to mention hand fans and paper parasols, specialty lighting, cakes and cake servers, and any number of favors ranging from monogrammed cookies to petits fours and personalized mini-notepads to shot glasses. Plus, don’t forget those personalized bridesmaid totes.

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More Monogram Hot Spots

Couture Cakes

Of course, the wedding cake (being such a fabulous focal point) has seen a lot of monogram action over the years. Favorite treatments: embossed in icing, ‘glued’ on in chocolate or gumpaste, hand-painted with food coloring, or everyone’s favorite: in the form of spectacular cake toppers.

Hot toppers come in clear acrylic and wood, chrome and silver-plate. Some are elaborately covered in colored crystal rhinestones. Some rise to the heights of “cake jewelry.” Some are embellished with a nest of free blooms or flower petals, while others stand alone. And some couples choose just one letter to represent their new shared name, while others use all three.

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But I Need More, More, More!

Okay: showcase your monogram in a backlit, elegant ice sculpture. Engrave it on toasting flutes. Hang pretty white wooden letters from the church door from ribbons in your wedding colors. Stamp away on luminary bags, out-of-town gift bags and favor box lids.

But How Do I Get a Monogram?

You make it! Many brides find they can “roll their own” using Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. If you’ve played around but don’t like the results, call on an arty friend who routinely uses Photoshop or Illustrator.

Design Your Monogram in Microsoft Word

Choose Insert ->
Textbox. Type and format the letter the way you like it.
Do this three times. Now click on all textboxes and choose Format->Textbox.
Choose Color: No Fill (so you can overlap
letters) and Line: No Line. Select all letters,
right click, and choose Group to lock in the arrangement. You can
now copy your image into Microsoft Paint and save in several formats,
such as JPEG.

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Design Your Monogram in PowerPoint

You’ll want to “Insert Text Box” to create your letters. Once you have a letter to your liking, select it and copy to create two more. Format them to your specifications. When you’re done, select all the letters, right-click, and choose Grouping->Group. Now you can click on your image and right-click for “Save as Image.” PowerPoint lets you save directly in a variety of useful formats like JPEG, PNG and TIFF. Or, watch this quick, simple how-to video.

Designing Details

The bride’s initial usually goes first in a monogram. When the bride takes the groom’s last name, the order is: bride’s first initial, shared last initial (usually larger), groom’s first initial. If the bride keeps her name, one option’s a four-initial monogram (bride’s first, bride’s last, groom’s last, groom’s first). Or just join the couple’s first names (Jenny & Mike).

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Maxing Out Your Monogram

You’ve got your own now — it’s hot. Naturally, you want to slap it everywhere. Where to start? Here are some popular options.

Monogram Wreaths and Banners

You can make beautiful free-hanging wreaths in the shape of your letters using wire, styrofoam or green floral foam, and silk flowers … or even moss. You can
also cut a heavy fabric like canvas or muslin into letters for your base, and hot-glue or sew silk flowers.

Rubber Stamp It

The custom monogram stamp is so very useful. Need a completely personalized design? Just get a super-high quality image of your monogram (try a friend who’s a whiz at Photoshop or Illustrator), and get something ‘bespoke’ for minimal moolah at a place like this.

Aisle Runners

This is a really big-impact way to use a monogram. And plenty of online vendors are happy to whip one up — or you can do it yourself. Here’s how to start:

Have a sewing machine? Great, you can buy and hem the length of fabric you need for next to nothing. Now, gather some fabric paint, a pencil, an exacto knife and card stock. Then, decide where you want to place the monogram. Some runners feature it at the bottom, where the procession begins. Others choose the top, near the altar, or right in the middle. Some use all three!

Now print out your monogram and blow it up to life-size on a copying machine. If your fabric’s on the sheer side, you can now trace your monogram directly onto the fabric with pencil. Fill in with fabric paint, and you’re done.

Otherwise, tape the enlarged monogram onto the cardstock and cut out the shape with an exacto knife. Trace inside your new template lightly with pencil. Fill in with fabric paint. Follow the same procedure to make your own monogrammed table runners, or even chair covers.

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Dance Hall Days

Fun lighting effects are some of the most dramatic ways to trot out a monogram. Specialists can project yours on the dance floor, or train it on the wall with theatrical uplights. To project a monogram, you (or your lighting crew) need a custom metal plate called a “gobo,” which you can easily find online for about $100. The tricky part: once made, you’ll then need special lights equipped with a pattern holder to use it. Sometimes your DJ or even your venue can either offer these, or help you find a source.

Trade Ideas

How are you using monograms in your wedding? Trade ideas, upload pics … and ask the hard questions, below!

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23 Responses

  1. april

    thanks so much for the idea of using word to do monogram it totally worked n the invitations came out beautiful!!!

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  2. Melissa

    I am able to lick grouping— but then it won’t let me select group. Whats the deal with this? i am using Power Point.

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  3. Angie

    How do I download the fonts? I keep saving them, but I don’t know what to save them under or how to bring them up in Power Point. Please help!!!

    Thanks

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    • Alison

      **For PC users!!**

      When you down load a font you should save the file to your desk top. (Tip: download a few fonts at a time so you have a couple of options to play with!!) Then go to the start menu on your computer and click on the magnifying glass that says [search]. A new window will pop-up that says Microsoft “Search Results”. Click above the dog, or paperclip character where it says [All Files and Folders]. In the top box labeled [All or part of the file name] type the word FONT. This will start a search for all of the files with the word font in it. Stop the search when the file titled “Fonts” located at C:/Windows. Double click on the [Fonts] folder and it will open. This is your Microsoft font cache. Minimise the window and go back to your desk top. Highlight all of your downloaded fonts, and [RIGHT] click your mouse. An option menu will come up that says “Extract to: ….” click on that and all of the files will be compressed into 1 folder. Open that new folder and copy all of the font files within that folder. (Everything else can be deleted!) After that simply paste the new files into your [Font] folder and you’re GOOD2GO!!

      If you have windows open when you start this process close it and restart it – your new fonts should be uploaded!!

      😉 Hope that helps!!

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  4. Brian

    The monogram lighting is expensive to buy the lights they run $350 at the low end and upwards of a $1000 for ones that you would want to use and show off the image clearly and effectively. The more expensive lights are extremely hot so it’s better to have a company do it for you so you don’t run the risk of liablility. Hire an event rental company and use a seperate company to design the light for you. Or you can find a combinatino for a savings. Generally a Source 4 Light is what is used. These come in different flavors of strength and intensity and have different options if you want them to spin or other effects you might be interested in.

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  5. Kelli

    Hello! I want to have our monogram on the favors and programs. (which I will be making) Has anyone ever bought a monogram stamp online? I have used rubber/ clear stamps before, but can’t find what I want as far as fonts go.
    Thanks so much for your help!
    Kelli

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      • Melissa Jaramillo

        I used Mutlu for the pink P (it’s in a lower case) GE Twill Script for Melissa & Rex and university Roman (in all caps)
        sorry for the delay

  6. Layla Newman Wood

    I love this website, it was very helpful with my recent wedding on May 31, 2008. My new lastname SHINE and SPARKLED.

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  7. Shay

    I’m very frustrated, I tried following the direction on the powerpoint video, but I can’t hightlight all the boxes to save as a picture. I hit the control button , right clicked and clicked on grouping and then group, but the group isn’t highlighted. What should I do?

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    • Cristy

      I also saw where Group wasn’t highlighted but I selected it anyway and when I went to move the monogram, they all moved and I saved it then. I am now in the process of figuring out what to do with it. LOL

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  8. Dawn P.

    Hi Debbie, you see this done both ways but the correct way is to put this bride’s name first, this is a holdover from chivalry and a very good one. 😀

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  9. Debbie

    what is the correct wedding mongram brides 1name on left or right,last name in center ex. sue & dan edwards s d e

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  10. Kerri

    HELP! PLEASE! I can’t get the fonts that I download to work in PowerPoint? I tried following the directions on the website that was provided in the video, but I can’t seem to get it to work? Where am I going wrong?

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  11. dorothy

    Hello Stephanie,

    Select all three letters by pressing the CTRL key while clicking on the letters with your mouse. Then, right click on any of the letters and select grouping them group. Finally right click again on the letters and select save as from the drop down. Save file type as a JPEG.

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  12. STEPHANIE

    I need help!!! I just got Powerpoint 2007and I am attempting to follow the powerpoint directions to create a monogram. I can’t select the three letters so that I can save them as a picture. If anyone can help me i’d greatly appreciate it.:((

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  13. Mai

    hi im kinda new here, but everytime i clink on the links they don’t work, actually im trying to get the font sheer elegance for free, does anyone know where to get it?

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  14. Crystal

    I love the Monogram theme idea – it is so simple and elegant. Brides magazine had an article in the May/June issue about a company called Wonderful Wedding Graffiti that makes custom monograms that you can use on the walls, chairs, favors, cars, and anywere you can think of! They are so easy to use and most places will let you use them because they don’t damage the walls at all!!! They look like they are painted right on to the wall – it’s amazing!! I posted some pics on my wedding blog – check it out: http://budgetdreams.wordpress.com/2006/06/13/hot-new-wedding-trend-wedding-graffiti/

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