What Is A Monogram?

Let's begin with a definition:

monogram [mon-uh-gram], n.
a design consisting of two or more alphabetic letters combined or interlaced, commonly one's initials

We like to think of a monogram as a one-of-a-kind personal logo made up of an individual’s or couple’s combined initials. Our signature deep-etched monogram makes every Clink glass or gift exclusively your own. Your selection is hand-engraved to your design specifications. The combination of fine glass and deep precision etching creates genuine Clink quality you can feel – or, as we say, “see with your thumb.”

Monogram Etiquette

There was a time when the arrangement of initials within a monogram followed a stricter protocol. In this age of anything goes, however, there no longer seems to be a “proper” way and it’s more a matter of personal preference. With that in mind, the following are some of the more common options for arranging initials with our different styles. Note that these are guidelines, not rules. Clink doesn’t believe in rules. It’ll suck the fun right out of your party.

For the purists, here are some explanations and diagrams of the more common arrangements.

Three Letter Monograms

Three letter monograms are the most common monograms. Depending on context and personal preference, three letter monograms typically appear in two varieties: with a larger center initial or with all letters the same size.

Individual Person

For
"John Patrick Hennessey"

One Large Initial

Three letter monogram one large letter

Same Size Initials

Three letter monogram same size letters
Married Couple

For
"Andrea & Michael Hilgeford"

One Large Initial

Three letter monogram one large letter
Married Woman

For
"Kimberly Schaffer Gastenveld"

One Large Initial

Three letter monogram one large letter

Two Letter Monograms

Two letter monograms are very common among couples that wish to incorporate only their first name initials. They are also great for business gifts or other situations when you may not know the recipient’s middle name. Both initials are the same size and can be positioned side-by-side or stacked.

Individual Person

For
"Makayla Roberts"

Side-By-Side

Three letter monogram same size letters

Stacked

Three letter monogram one large letter
Married Couple

For
"Molly & Daniel Greene"

Side-By-Side

Three letter monogram one large letter
Same Sex Couple

For
"Bradly Ellis & Alan Kovar"

Side-By-Side, First Names

Three letter monogram one large letter

Side-By-Side, Last Names

Three letter monogram one large letter

Single Letter Monograms

Single letter monograms are popular among people that want to personalize items with only their first or last name initial. Like the two letter monogram, this can be a great option for gift situations where you may not know the recipeint's full name.

Individual Person

For
"Kyle Cordsen"

Last Name

Three letter monogram same size letters

First Name

Three letter monogram one large letter
Married Couple

For
"Sarah & Aaron Rassel"

Last Name

Three letter monogram one large letter

Our Monogram & Personalization Selection

Clink doesn't limit your creativity to just a couple monogram styles. We have 17 different monogram and personalization styles to choose from. With up to four lines of type and several exclusive motifs, the sky is the limit when designing a truly unique set of barware. Below is a full list of our different monogram and personalization styles. To see a preview of your monogram on an item, just click the personalize button on any product page.

Monogram #1 - Casual

Monogram #2 - Roman

Monogram #3 - Panel

Monogram #4 - Diamond

Monogram #7 - Harlequin

Monogram #8 - Filagree

Monogram #11 - Ensignia

Monogram #20 - Script

Monogram #21 - Chic

Monogram #22 - Shield

Monogram #23 - Sport

Monogram #24 - Laurel

Monogram #40 - Names

Monogram #60 - Straight Line

Monogram #73 - Golf

Monogram #85 - Bar & Grill

Monogram #90 - Chateau


Ok, so you're a monogram aficionado and you've picked out the perfect style, it's time check out our product information guide to learn more about the different types of glass and crystal we have available.

Glass & Crystal Barware Guide »