I really like a well made personalized gift when I pick out gifts for most occasions. This personalized gift appealed to me when I saw it online but sometimes those photos can be deceiving. Not in this case! The newlyweds were thrilled with it and thought the staircase idea was clever and it appealed to them starting their "Step By Step" journey together! She thought about keeping her Maiden name but decided against it. For that reason of ambiguity, I chose NOT to include the groom's last name on this gift. It just has their first names and they loved it. Plus they KNOW their last names and the gift is for them, so I saw no reason, under any circumstance, to state it.