- Your invitations set the tone for your wedding
- Tips for Choosing Wedding Fonts
- Elegant Fonts for Formal Invitations
- Random invitation fonts
- The best of both font worlds
Your invitations set the tone for your wedding
Your wedding invitation sets the tone for your wedding and gives your guests an idea of the formality of the event. If your wedding is planned for an open space with a terrace, you can choose an elegant font. Nothing more formal would suit the mood of the day. However, an extravagant wedding with a full staff requires a traditional invitation and font.
If you work with a marriage counselor, the font the counselor suggests should work well for the invitation. However, when designing your wedding invitation, there are a few things you should know about choosing and using fonts.
Tips for Choosing Wedding Fonts
Not all fonts are created equal. When choosing a font for your wedding invitation, keep a few things in mind:
Many formal or “Old English” fonts become unreadable at small sizes. You may need to limit its use to the body of the prompt and then choose a simpler, more readable font for the small bits, such as RSVP information.
Speaking of RSVP, a lot of fancy formal fonts look terrible in all caps. If you need all caps anywhere on your invitation, such as with the term “RSVP”, please review the sample before making your final choice.
There are many free fonts available on the web, but not all of them are created equally well. Once you’ve found a font you like, search for a character set that includes all the letters, punctuation, and numbers that appear in the font. For example, if the font set is missing numbers, it won’t work for you. The same can be said for special characters such as the ampersand. Be sure to check that every character you need is included in the font and that you like how the special characters look. Do not think
Elegant Fonts for Formal Invitations
And here’s the bride, elegant in Scriptina or formal in Fraktura – that is, wedding fonts. There are many traditional wedding invitation fonts, mostly script and some Blackletter fonts with a few decorative fonts to make things interesting. While these fonts aren’t the best choice for textbooks or resumes, they often work well for invitations.
Though they mimic handwriting, elegant script fonts today are more sophisticated than handwriting and have long been popular for use on formal invitations. You can also go back to Handwriting Styles and choose the formal Blackletter font. Some traditional options are:
Spencerian scripts such as Exmouth, Palace Script or Edwardian Script are elegant and traditional.
While some blackletter styles are too dark or gothic for a wedding party, softer Rotunda styles, including Typographer Rotunda or Cresci Rotunda, may be right.
Some Carolingian fonts might be perfect for this formal Irish (or not) wedding.
Calligraphic fonts like Bispo are elegant and slightly easier to read than scripts and pure blackletter fonts. Traditional certificate fonts such as Vivaldi and Blackadder are often used on wedding invitations.
Random invitation fonts
For less formal invitations, you can use normal script, italics, or even a decorative or themed font:
Use a neat but casual script like Noodle Script or something a little more chic like Caffe Latte. For a final personalized invitation, scan your own handwriting as legible.
For a non-traditional wedding, try a non-traditional wedding font like Pacifico.
If Boho is your style, check out Inspira or Wild Spirit.
Match your wedding font to a theme based on your personality, location, or interests. A western font can be appropriate for a country wedding or a fun poster-style invitation. Typewriter fonts can be a suitable touch for a couple reading and writing together.
The best of both font worlds
Mix trendy and simple fonts. Some decorative fonts are great in small quantities, but useless for important details like date, time, and location. You want everyone who receives the invitation to be able to read the text easily. Combine the decorative script for the names of the bride and groom with a legible serif or sans serif font for the rest of the information. Avoid mixing two script fonts or two distinctive decorative fonts. They tend to overwhelm each other.
In most cases, whether you choose text centering, script, or another decorative font, wedding invitations are easier to read if the lines of text are short. For legibility, use larger wedding fonts than in most books – from up to 16 points is a good starting point for most of the invitation.