The bed shower is a tradition that endures: What better way to start a life together than between wonderful new sheets? Taste in bedding is individual, so it's best for the couple to register. (A well-stocked linen closet has both the basics -- flannel sheets -- and life's little luxuries -- monogrammed pillow shams, for instance.) Linens were once monogrammed with initials from the bride's maiden name only, as they were part of the trousseau she amassed before the betrothal. Today, it's up to you.
Martha Stewart Weddings, Volume 1 1995