Wedding Invitation Font Guide: Part 3

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Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve introduced the types of fonts we offer and how they differ (read Part 1 here) and some guidelines on how to pair them (read Part 2 here).

Today we’ll bring up a couple of conditional issues to consider when choosing your wedding invitation fonts!

1. What are your ink colors?
If your inks are both bold and/or dark, feel free to choose any fonts you like! BUT if you have any lighter inks you’re planning on using for text, keep in mind that some fonts have thinner lines. These fonts are more difficult to read if there isn’t enough contrast between the font color and paper color. When light inks are in the mix, we often recommend:

A) Using them as text “accents” — ampersands, bullets, etc.

Light ink color used as accent within text

B) Flooding the background with the light color, so it’s included but doesn’t affect legibility.

Light ink color used for flooded background

C) Choosing a thicker script font to keep the characters from fading into the paper

Thick script fonts are better thank thin for light ink colors

2. What type of information is included in your wording?
You might think you want an all-script font invitation, and if your information is short and simple, that should be fine. If you have a lot of details, such as a schedule of events or directions — anything that will be important for your guests to see plainly — block fonts are much easier to read.

For detailed information, you should strongly consider a block font

3. How much wording are you submitting?
Sometimes our customers want to include a wealth of information, especially if they’re having a destination wedding or expecting a lot of out-of-town guests. Depending on the type/size of product ordered, space can end up being tight! If you must squeeze a lot of info onto a card, consider the following tips.

A) As seen in #2 above, block fonts are much more legible at small point sizes. For sections of dense wording, using a block font is almost a must!

B) Some block fonts are wider than others, which can affect how many characters will fit on a given line.

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C) All-caps fonts are more difficult to read in tight modules. BUT for very small, isolated text, such as footnotes or street names on maps, all-caps is much easier to read.

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While our font preview tool is quite useful — and worth checking out! — it is not all-inclusive, which is why we’ve put together these downloadable font sheets for you to print out at home! With this as a guide, you should be able to make a more informed decision on which fonts are just right for you and your wedding invitations.

Click here to download our free font guide!

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