This monogram ice sculpture was bought for a bride from her mother as a surprise for the reception of her wedding this past Saturday. This time we put a new twist on a classic elegant monogram design. We structured the two flanked swirls on each side of the pedestal to come in at an angle for an extra added flair. The sculpture was later lit in a bold fuchsia, the chosen accent color of the evening. Monograms in modern times have often been associated with the marriage ceremony, but this was not always the case. Monograms originally were found on clay coins dating as far back as 350BC where the monogram would allude to the different cities that issued the coins before a monetary system existed. As many years progressed, monograms were then utilized by wealthy individuals, particularly royalty, to show high status, ownership, and different ruling connections in relation to the lower social classes. Monograms, although far from being restricted to royal and wealthy individuals, still have some very surprising rules. For example, tradition calls for women to use their maiden initials, even after getting married, on linens, towels, napkins, stationary…etc. However, silverware is considered male territory, and therefore the initial of the surname is used. For glassware (and ice sculptures), no particular rules about ordering exist.