Here's come the bride, elegant in Scriptina
or formal in Fraktur
. Fonts, that is. Wedding invitation fonts. There are no rules about what font you have to use for wedding invitations, but there are some traditional choices — mostly Script
and some Blackletter
fonts with a few other decorative fonts thrown in to keep it interesting. While these aren't the best choices for text-heavy books
, they can be just right for invites.
Font Choices for Your Wedding
It's your wedding. Use the fonts you like. The rules for wedding invitations are simple, there are no rules. There are, however, a few tried and true options you may want to consider if choosing fonts is not a task you relish or if you want to convey a specific look and feel.
- For formal invitations, consider elegant script fonts.
Although they mimic cursive handwriting, these fonts are more refined than the actual handwriting of most people today. Or, go way, way back in handwriting styles and choose a very formal Blackletter font. Some traditional choices include:
- Spencerian Scripts such as Exmouth, Palace Script, or Edwardian Script are elegant and very traditional.
- Although some Blackletter styles may be too dark or gothic for a wedding celebration, the softer styles of Rotunda including Typographer Rotunda or Cresci Rotunda can be just right.
- Carolingian fonts may be perfect for that formal Irish (or not) wedding.
- Calligraphy fonts such as Bispo are both elegant and, perhaps, a little easier to read than some scripts and pure Blackletter fonts. These traditional certificate fonts are also commonly used in wedding invitations (and the font usage tips on that page can apply to invitations as well as certificates).
- For less formal invitations you might want to use casual script or handwriting fonts or even decorative, theme fonts.
Some less formal choices include:
- Go with a neat but less formal script such as Noodle Script or something a little quirky such as Caffe Latte. For the ultimate in a personalized invite, scan your own handwriting.
- Tie your wedding font to a theme based on your personality, location, or interests. A Western font might work for a country wedding setting or a fun WANTED poster-themed invite. Typewriter fonts may be the perfect touch for the couple that reads and writes together. The aforementioned Carolingian fonts as well as Uncial, Gaelic, and similar fonts are perfect for Irish-themed weddings.
"You can even just ask your designer to evoke the mood of the location; one of my favorite invites used western-inspired fonts for a Montana wedding. Stand in the Place Where You Live from About.com Weddings
- Mix fancy with plain fonts.
Some decorative fonts are quite lovely in small doses but for very important details such as date, time, and location you might want to be sure everyone can decipher your text easily. Consider pairing a lovely script for the names of the bride and groom with a nice, legible serif or sans serif font. It is generally best to avoid mixing two script fonts or two very distinctive decorative fonts. They tend to overpower each other.
- Keep lines of text short.
In most cases, whether or not you choose a centered text alignment, script and other decorative fonts used in most wedding invitations tends to be easier to read when lines of text are kept short. It also helps to use these fonts at a slightly larger point size than you would find in most books — 12 to 16 points as a starting point.
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