By: Cynthia Andrews
It is your wedding day, and you want everything to be perfect, but do not overlook the items you need in the months leading up to your wedding. In particular, choosing the best wedding invitation can be the backbone to a great wedding planning experience. Most companies allow you to personalize the wedding invitations according to your specific preferences. When that is the case, choosing a font can be extremely overwhelming. Here is how to pick the right font for your wedding invitations:
Choose a font that makes sense for your wedding’s theme. If your wedding has a clear theme, having a font that falls in line with that theme is a good idea. For example, if your theme is a tropical or island wedding, you may want to choose a font that resembles the waves or ocean. If your wedding does not have such a clear-cut theme, you can still pick a font that works with the mood. For example, if your wedding is classic and elegant, use a classic, elegant script font, while if your wedding is modern, and use a modern, clean font.
Ask about pricing. Sometimes, certain general fonts are included in the overall pricing, while special fonts cost more. So, before you design the wedding invitation of your dreams, look at the costs. For couples on a budget, sticking to one of the more general fonts might be the best bet.
Look at a mock-up if possible. Sometimes the prettiest fonts do not work well for your specific invitation because of the spacing. For example, if you italicize a font, it might move one of the words to the next line, pushing all of your words and throwing off the design. In addition, a size in one font might not be the same size as another font, even if they are the same number. If possible, look at a version of the invitation with your preferred font to ensure that the spacing and sizing work with your design.
Consider multiple fonts. Again, pricing matters, but sometimes the best font choice is to use multiple fonts. Remember that your names should be the main attraction, but make sure that the date, time, and place are all easy to read. Using multiple fonts is sometimes more expensive, but that depends on where you order your wedding invitations.
Search the Internet for font ideas. If you are designing your own wedding invitations, you often do not have to be inhibited by the fonts that are already on your computer. There are thousands of websites that offer free fonts that you can download, and thousands more that sell fonts for extremely low prices.
Have a font designed for you and your significant other. This option is undoubtedly the most expensive, but there are graphic designers that can design a font specifically for you and your finance. Graphic designers are expensive, but if you purchase a font, you will own it. This allows you to use the font for anything you like. You can meet with a graphic designer, talk about fonts you like and do not like, and come up with a perfect font for you.
Start looking early. Try not wait until the last minute to start looking for your wedding invitations. It can take a few weeks or even months to have your wedding invitations shipped to you. You have to send them out with enough time for your guests to make plans and reply – and if you have a destination wedding that requires extensive invitations, you have to send them out even sooner. If you wait until the last minute to order, you may only have stock font options.
If you are having a hard time deciding what looks best, consider sticking to the stock font that comes with the wedding invitation you have chosen. Do not automatically assume that your wedding invitation looks cheap or generic after choosing these options. In actuality, highly paid designers are usually the people responsible for the wedding invitation fonts and designs that are available. You can rest assured that they have made beautiful design choices. So, instead of putting the pressure on yourself to choose an amazing wedding invitation font, consider simply using what the original designer recommended. As an added bonus, going with that option may typically be the least expensive choice!
Your wedding invitations are important to your wedding because they provide valuable information to your guests. These invitations should reflect the couple; therefore, you should carefully consider the font that is chosen. For some people, wedding invitations are last-minute afterthoughts. However, when you choose your wedding invitation, you set the tone for your entire wedding. If you make a great font choice, the stage should be set for a great wedding day.