A wedding monogram is the perfect way to combine a couples initials and showcase their union.
Scroll on to everything you need to know about how to Learn how to research, design, and collaborate with a graphic designer to create the perfect wedding monogram for your special day.
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Find your perfect wedding monogram in 5 simple steps
1. Do you research
Before you approach a designer or hop on Etsy, you need to figure out what exactly you’re looking for. And, to do that, you need to know a few basics when it comes to wedding monograms.
2. Know your (wedding) style
After you’ve done the research, write down a list of characteristics you want in your monogram. For me, it was a traditional font, a simple design, and floral elements.
Having a clear idea of what you want will help you articulate this to your graphic designer or help in your template search.
3. Set a budget
Custom designs are obviously going to be more than buying a pre-made one on Etsy. Be realistic with your budget, and set accordingly. For me, this was more of an extra detail. I set a max budget of $40 for my custom design.
4. Define your design
When it’s time to approach someone with your design, you will be totally prepared with a clear idea of what you want because you’ve done your homework. This is super helpful in directing the graphic designer.
I suggest sending along with some examples of art and other monograms you love, so they have a better idea of what you’re thinking.
I live by the rule show, don’t tell. If there isn’t an online portfolio for you to look through, always ask. They should be more than happy to send one along.
?SIDE NOTE: At the end of the day, this is your design. If you’re not in love, over the moon, and ready to show everyone you know, don’t accept the design. You’re not going to hurt anyone’s feelings.
I repeat: YOU’RE NOT GOING TO HURT THEIR FEELINGS. Most designers are okay with, and even expect revisions. So speak up.
Wedding Monogram Designers and Etsy Shops
Here are a few graphics designers who specialize in wedding monograms for you to browse at different price points.
- KMS Digital Designs | $13.99+
- MV Creative Maison | $15.00+
- Little Magic Prints | 10.00+
- Minted Weddings | FREE
- Weekend Studio Design | $24.00+
- Campbell Card Co | $120.00+
- KearsleyLloyd.com | Custom
My Wedding Monogram
Hello, my name is Sophie and I’m a control freak.
I’m finding this out about myself more and more everyday. It became particularly noticeable when I began looking at stationary for my wedding. I didn’t like anything.
There were some designs that came close, but something always seemed to be off. The tiniest details were sticking out and I just couldn’t commit.
So, I decided to put my marketing background to good use and design everything myself. Hopefully this is not a mistake and it turns out I have been expert stationary designer all along.
Before I even start thinking of a stationary designs, I wanted to nail down a wedding monogram. And I was off to a good start- with the only problem being, that getting my finance to agree on the aesthetic was a little tricky.
I poured through hundreds of designs on Etsy ( here are a few examples) and he just wasn’t a fan of any. It was back to the drawing board. My next step was to have one customized for us.
I’m not trying to spend thousands of dollars on this, but I felt that this design was best left up to the experts. Well, the experts of Fivver.
As mentioned in my latest post, I’m kinda in the middle of a floral obsession and I’m really feeling the garden party vibes for my May wedding. After an hour of scrolling I found an artist whose portfolio had adorable hand-drawn logos. SHE WAS THE ONE.
In all, I paid $30 of the design and unlimited revisions. Here is the outcome:
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FIRST OFF: I want to say she did an amazing job and I totally would recommend her work to anyone. BUT, I am a control freak with a vision… what this vision is I’m not sure… I just know what it’s not.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t loving the design; even after multiple revisions. To save us both the trouble, I accepted and paid for the design but was back to square one.
The only solution I could think of was to do it myself. I pulled out my IPad and got to work. Side note: I love Procreate. 1000% would recommend.
Here is what I came up with. I pulled inspiration from tons of illustrations on Pinterest and absolutely love the outcome.
I threw the image in Photoshop, added some text, and boom. My wedding monogram (well, more like logo) was created.
It’s simple and floral.
I hope my experience and tips help! I never in a million years thought I would be the type to be making her own wedding stationary. I’m also super impressed with myself. Next step: creating Save the Date cards. Wish me luck!