Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wedding Stationery Guide: Fonts, Part I

So far in the Wedding Stationery Guide, we've reviewed the printing methods offered at Banter & Charm, learned a bit about invitation paper, and gone over ink color options. Now it's time to start talking about the actual design and layout of the invitation, and since fonts are such an integral part of the design I thought we'd start there!

Today I'm going to review the font options available at Banter  & Charm, then we'll talk a bit more how you can personalize your invitation fonts later on.

There are hundreds of thousands of fonts out there, so to keep things simple, we've put together a catalog of our favorite fonts for wedding invitations. Other fonts are available though - so if you don't see exactly what you're looking for, please ask!

First up are serif and sans serif fonts. These styles are the workhorses - they are versatile, come in different weights and cases, and are ideal for large blocks of text when legibility is key. I recommend that you choose one serif or sans serif family to use for the main text throughout your wedding stationery.

Next we have the script fonts. Since there are so many different styles of scripts, I've broken them down into different categories.
Formal scripts are going to be your more traditional styles. They are elegant, and flourished, and are a great way to highlight the bride and groom's names on the invitation. Because they tend to be ornate and have many fine details, these script fonts work best at larger sizes and are not recommended for large blocks of text.
 Now we have some more casual script fonts. A little less embellished than the formal scripts, these styles tend to be easier to read and a bit more modern looking.

The hand drawn script category features fonts that mimic real hand calligraphy. They are a bit more rustic or vintage looking, and can be a nice alternative if hand calligraphy isn't in the budget.

The display category features fonts that are unique and embellished. They work best at large sizes so that you can see all the details. I love using a display font to highlight the wedding date on a save the date card, or as a heading on inserts. 
Lastly is the "Miscellaneous" category - basically, anything that doesn't fit into one of the previous categories! Some modern, some retro, some grungy, and some art deco - these fonts are wonderful if you're looking to add a fun touch to your typography.

Check back soon, because I'll be sharing some tips for selecting a font for your wedding invitation, and showing some examples of how changing the font can really change the style of the entire suite!

You can find all the posts in this series here: The Wedding Stationery Guide

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