From Elegant to Formal: Best Fonts for Wedding Invitations

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Wedding Invitations Call for Elaborate Font Choices

Best Fonts for Wedding Invitations
Formal or casual, wedding invitation fonts are a personal choice although there are some traditional choices. © Jacci Howard Bear; licensed to About.com

Here comes the bride, elegant in Scriptina or formal in Fraktur—wedding fonts, that is. There are some traditional font choices for wedding invitations, mostly script and some Blackletter fonts with a few decorative fonts thrown in to keep things interesting. While these fonts aren't the best choices for text-heavy books or resumes, they can be just the thing for invitations.

Making Font Choices for a Wedding Invitation

If 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. If you are designing an invitation for someone else, start with the standards and only go avant-garde if the client indicates it.

Use Elegant Fonts for Formal Invitations

Although they mimic cursive handwriting, elegant script fonts are more refined than handwriting is today. As an alternative, go way back in handwriting styles and choose a formal Blackletter font. Some traditional choices include:

  • Spencerian scripts such as Exmouth, Palace Script or Edwardian Script are elegant and 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.
  • Some of the Carolingian fonts may be perfect for that formal Irish (or not) wedding.
  • Calligraphy fonts such as Bispo are both elegant and a little easier to read than scripts and pure Blackletter fonts. Traditional certificate fonts such as Vivaldi and Blackadder are often used in wedding invitations.

Use Casual Fonts for Casual Invitations

For less formal invitations, you might want to use a casual script or handwriting font or even a decorative or theme font. 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 invitation, 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 invitation. Typewriter fonts may be the perfect touch for the couple that reads and writes together. 
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The Best of Both Worlds

Mix fancy and plain fonts. Some decorative fonts are quite lovely in small doses but for important details such as date, time and location, you want everyone to be able to read the text easily. Pair 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 distinctive decorative fonts. They tend to overpower each other.

Keep It Short

In most cases, whether or not you choose a centered text alignment, script and other decorative fonts, wedding invitations tend to be easier to read when the lines of text are kept short. It also helps to use wedding fonts at a slightly larger point size than you would find in most books—14 to 16 points makes a good starting point.

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Bear, Jacci Howard. "From Elegant to Formal: Best Fonts for Wedding Invitations." ThoughtCo, Oct. 24, 2017, thoughtco.com/best-fonts-for-wedding-invitations-1077811. Bear, Jacci Howard. (2017, October 24). From Elegant to Formal: Best Fonts for Wedding Invitations. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/best-fonts-for-wedding-invitations-1077811 Bear, Jacci Howard. "From Elegant to Formal: Best Fonts for Wedding Invitations." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/best-fonts-for-wedding-invitations-1077811 (accessed January 24, 2018).