A wedding monogram is, in the words of Always a Blogsmaid, “the graphic representation of two individuals uniting.” Monograms are elegnant, understated, and classic. They are used to add a personal touch to invitations, wedding decor, and household items. Couples have used their unique monograms to grace their wedding cakes, programs, guestbooks, centerpieces, ring bearer pillow, wine or water bottles… even projected onto the dance floor. Some people enjoy using their monogram beyond the wedding, by having it embroidered on towels and sheets, etched onto glasswear, or printed on handbags, caps, and clothing. For even more ways to incorporate your monogram into your wedding celebration, see Best Wedding Sites.
Usually, the couples initials are used to create a unique design that reflects their personalities. Some monograms provide the actual wedding theme. “To get started,” says AisleDash, “You will need to know a little about what you want. Are you an edgy, contemporary couple or more traditional? What colors are you using for your wedding? Answers to these basic questions will help you or the artist create a logo you’ll love.”
There are two ways to get the perfect monogram: Do it yourself, or hire someone else to do it for you. Always a Blogsmaid suggests several websites you can visit to create a customized monogram:
1. I Do Weddings – For $45 they will send you a selection of 4 designs. These were for a beachy wedding theme:
2. MC Designs – They will create an array of gorgeous monograms that they can imprint on items like towels, napkins and more. They are monograms for a lifetime (and are priced as such- $275!) but they are classic, traditional designs.
3. Marry Monograms – This site offers over 200 monograms sorted into six different styles (Romantic, Classic, Contemporary), each for about $40.
Here are some more options:
True Love Logos – Check ’em out now, they’re having a winter sale! Monograms are $34.99 instead of $49.99. Custom monograms start at $75.
If you want to create your own wedding logo, Best Wedding Sites has some tips on how to do it. If you are a graphic designer or have access to Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, you already know what to do. For the lay person, you can try one of these options:
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.
You’ll want to use “Word Art” to create your letters. Click on the blue tilted “A” on the bottom toolbar for each letter. Format them to your liking. When you’re done designing, 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 formats like JPEG, PNG and TIFF.
For more tips, including how to create your own monogramed isle runner, or how to project your monogram onto the dance floor, see Best Wedding Sites.
At Perfect Postage, you can even create customized monograms for your postage stamps!
Feature image from Avonlea Cards.com
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Brian King says
Some great resources listed! A custom monogram definitely creates a high end feel and establishes a strong visual anchor for the wedding. Another way for the DIY bride is goboprojectorrental.com. Everything you need to show your monogram at the reception or rehearsal dinner including design or using an existing one shipped to you. Great for areas where you can’t get one in your area.