Each Wednesday, we tackle wedding etiquette. At times, it’s a reader question or one from a colleague, friend or family member and other times we’ll cover a popular issue. This week, we are sharing a question about monogrammed bridesmaid gifts from Dee Lane’s advice column in the new Summer/Autumn 2016 issue of New Orleans Bride Magazine.
— Melanie Warner Spencer
Question: I’m getting married late this summer and plan to give each of my bridesmaids a monogrammed beach bag. My matron of honor was married last year and decided to keep her middle name and to hyphenate her last name: Rachel Elizabeth Henry-Landis. How should that monogram look: REH or RHL?
Answer: Neither, actually. First the basic rules: Typically, with a three-word name, monograms are composed of the first name initial on the left, the middle or maiden name first initial on the right and the last name first initial in the center, larger than the other two. So for your matron of honor’s maiden name, her monogram would be: RHE. In recent years, four letter monograms, especially in instances such as this, have become popular. Depending on how you want the monogram to look, you have two options: RHLE or RH-LE. Either one is appropriate; it just depends on your preference.
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