Wondering how to address party invitations to your friend with a hyphenated name? Want to personalize a gift for a contemporary couple? What about monogramming for same-sex couples? When in doubt, keep it chic and easy. The trick is to celebrate families, commitment and couple-hood without focusing on shared surnames.
When The Bride Keeps Her Name
- Monogram linens, stationery and cocktail napkins with first names or initials. (Scott + Ellen, S & E, etc.)
- Address envelopes to Scott Brown and Ellen Adams.
When Half Of The Couple Hyphenates
- Use first names or first initials as suggested above.
- Address envelopes to Scott Brown and Ellen Adams-Brown.
When Everyone Hyphenates
- Address envelopes to Ellen & Scott Adams-Brown.
- Use a block monogram for towels. (EAB & SAB, respectively).
For Same-Sex Married Couples
- Use single first initials (N & D) or single last initials (H + B) for stationery and decor.
- Follow guidelines for hyphenated names or individual names as appropriate.
Haute Tip: Monogramming for same-sex couples is no different than monogramming for heterosexual couples with two last names. See below:
When The Baby Has Both Last Names
- Avoid three-letter monogramming since the baby probably has four initials.
- Use first name or single-initial personalization for gifts.
- Simplify envelopes by addressing to “The Harris & Burtka Family.”
When You Just Want To Shake Things Up
- Monogram stationery with your Twitter handle, like the original @OscarPRGirl!