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Finding the Best Wedding Invitation Fonts

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Finding the Best Wedding Invitation Fonts with the Experts at Bliss & Bone

Details are everything, and that rule applies to your wedding invitations. For the most curated, style-forward design, you want wedding invitation fonts that complement your entire event. It’s no easy feat, but finding the best, most popular wedding invitation fonts can set your stationery apart and contribute to the overall feel of your celebration. And you’re in luck: The team at Bliss & Bone are detail- and font-obsessed, and there are hundreds of wedding invitation fonts to choose from — plus thousands of combinations that are recommended by our experienced designers. 

There are so many “to-dos” for your wedding, and wedding invitation fonts are a seemingly endless list on their own. In this guide, we’ll cover the many types of wedding invitation fonts, how to combine two or more different fonts, and we’ll show you examples of everything along the way. Below, you’ll find our expert recommendations and top picks among Bliss & Bone couples planning out their stationery and coordinating wedding invitation fonts. 

The Different Types of Wedding Invitation Fonts

Before we dive further into the most popular wedding invitation fonts and how they can define your event style, we have to review the variations available. You might recognize words like “serif” and “script,” but it’s important to distinguish them with clear definitions and examples. The following are considered the most common types of wedding invitation fonts (and fonts, in general). In general, it’s key to understand that fonts are digital, meaning they are not generated by hand. However, there are many types of fonts with a similar look and characteristics to handwritten text or calligraphy. With this in mind, we’ve included both handwritten and calligraphy as two items within the “wedding invitation fonts” category. 

  • Serif: By definition, a serif font is one that has a “slight projection finishing off a stroke of a letter.” For instance, in the classic Times New Roman font, you’ll notice how the points of each letter have a small stroke. It’s theorized that serif fonts derived from scribes using brushes or quills that left marks on some letters, according to a guide by Adobe. Understanding this, it’s common for serif fonts to be used when you need to have a professional or even historical topic to write about. In the world of wedding invitation fonts, serif options can provide a vintage or formal touch to your stationery design. 
  • Sans serif: Sans serif is the more modern take on wedding invitation fonts. In the history of fonts, Futura was recognized as one of the first popular sans serif styles back in 1928. They offer a more modern-minimalist feel, which is ideal for those looking to create more chic, sophisticated and updated wedding invitations. Many minimalist wedding invitations, for example, could have “members” of popular font families like Arial or Verdana. These types of fonts also work well with the smaller details or coordinating junctions like “and” or prepositions such as “to.”
  • Script: Script is an elegant typeface that’s evolved from handwritten text, and it typically involves letters that are strung together or connected in some way. They are most often used in design-forward projects, and they work particularly well as elegant wedding invitation fonts. These script fonts offer a bit more character and playfulness than their serif and sans serif counterparts, which is why it’s popular to include them in the space where couple’s names go on their wedding invitations.  
  • Handwritten: A piece of paper with handwritten words is just that; text that’s been written out by hand. As with the script font category, there are plenty of digital wedding invitation fonts that are available that appear to be handwritten. When comparing handwritten fonts to script fonts, you might notice that the former are more casual and effortless, since they appear to be more natural and organic. In some instances, your guests would be surprised to learn that handwritten options are popular wedding invitation fonts and not something crafted by hand. 
  • Calligraphy: Perhaps the most elegant wedding invitation fonts are created by professional calligraphers, and they involve varying degrees of thickness — thick down strokes and thin upstrokes. The individuals who call themselves calligraphers are experts in their craft, who handwrite wedding invitation fonts using a special pen to create those detailed strokes. That being said, there are plenty of wedding invitation fonts that look like they were prepared by hand, so you can also review your options that look like they had the careful eye (and hand) of a professional calligrapher. If you want to save money, some wedding couples learn how to do calligraphy for things like wedding envelope addressing. Of course, a professional expert can also be hired to do it all, from your wedding invitations to the addressing. 

The wedding invitation fonts you choose can tell your guests a lot, from the actual details related to your celebration to the expected vibe and atmosphere of the big day. By understanding the differences between the various types of wedding invitation fonts, you can seek out the ones that you think will work best with your wedding aesthetic. It should also be noted that you can always use the italicized version of a font to act as a secondary or tertiary font that will seamlessly coordinate with your primary font. 

Popular Wedding Invitation Fonts Pairings

To add dimension to your wedding invitation design, we highly recommend choosing a combination of wedding invitation fonts. While you generally don’t want to use more than two, there are some workarounds. If you find two that you like — say, one sans serif and one script — you can also add in the italicized version of the sans serif font as a technical “third” font. 

At Bliss & Bone, there are several popular wedding invitation fonts pairings that our designers often gravitate toward. Below, see how examples of digital wedding invitations on our site show off the use of two to three wedding invitation fonts. 

  1. Aaron Wedding Invitation Fonts: The wedding invitation fonts used in the Aaron design are La Luxes and Work Sans Regular. The couple’s names are typed out in La Luxes, a sort of hybrid between a serif and script font, since it has the serifs on the letters, but it also offers a unique style that comes with many script fonts. From there, it’s tied in with the more modern and straightforward Work Sans Regular. This sans serif font is all-caps, direct and just what you need to share the specific details. 
  2. Alyiah Wedding Invitation Fonts: You will see three wedding invitation fonts in the Alyiah template: Orpheus, Amoret Hand Alt and Balerno. Orpheus and Balerno are the popular wedding invitation fonts for serif lovers, and a few pieces of the text (“the wedding of,” “and” and “Denver, Colorado” are offset with the handwritten-style script font Amoret Hand Alt. 
  3. Amelia Wedding Invitation Fonts: In the Amelia wedding invitation, you’ll see two elegant wedding invitation fonts: Absolute Beauty Bold and Absolute Beauty Serif. They have similar names, but they couldn’t be more different. The couple’s names are presented in Absolute Beauty Serif, a serif font that has a vintage flair. Sandwiched in between the names are all of the details, typed out in Absolute Beauty Bold. This is one of the many popular wedding invitation fonts that give the feel of a handwritten design. It’s a loopy, script font that lends itself to a romantic and whimsical wedding invite.
  4. Arlo Wedding Invitation Fonts: Serenity and Inter Medium are the popular wedding invitation fonts used in the Arlo invite. Serenity takes the main stage as the font for the couple’s names and the date, and then the sans serif font Inter Medium is used for everything else featured on the invitation. This brings all of the focus to the two most important details: your and your partner’s names and your wedding date. 
  5. Carmella Wedding Invitation Fonts: If you’re interested in an elevated look that has extra warmth, consider the Carmella invitation, which has the wedding invitation fonts Abramo Script and Orpheus. Abramo Script is an elegant script font that’s used to write out the couple’s names, and then the serif font Orpheum is employed — in both all-caps and in sentence-case — for everything else provided in the invitation text. The script font also plays well with the floral and butterfly accents provided in the original template for the Carmella invitation. 
  6. Kieran Wedding Invitation Fonts: Modern minimalism meets colorful fun in the Kieran wedding invite, which uses variations of one font: Recoleta Medium. This is a unique option for couple’s who want an effortless look to their wedding invitation fonts. Recoleta Medium is one of the popular wedding invitation fonts that looks great in lower-case and all-caps. And as you can see in this example, you can mix up the text with those two typeface styles.
  7. Navy Wedding Invitation Fonts: The power duo of wedding invitation fonts for this one is Serenity and Ramillas. Serenity is used in all-caps to write out the couple’s names and their wedding date, while the serif font Ramillas shares the other details. For even more coordination, “reception to follow” is in the italicized version of the Ramillas font. 
  8. Shira Wedding Invitation Fonts: Exmouth and Noceur are the two popular wedding invitation fonts that take up the majority of the space on the Shira design. “The Wedding of Shira and Anthony” is the headline, of course, and the Noceur font helps establish this. For extra details like the time, venue, city and cocktail attire, the sans serif font Montserrat Regular is a subtle yet bold choice.
  9. Vera Wedding Invitation Fonts: The Vera design is another example of wedding invitation fonts that can be used in more ways than one. Civane Norm Thin and Noceur are the main wedding invitation fonts featured on the digital card, but there are a few words (“of their,” “and,” “of” and “cocktail attire”) that are typed out in the italicized version of the Noceur font. There’s even more differentiation within the text thanks to the two-color style of the wedding invitation’s design. 
  10. Vivienne Wedding Invitation Fonts: There’s a moodiness and chicness to the Vivienne wedding invite, which has two fonts featured: Noceur and Lato Regular. Noceur is one of those popular wedding invitation fonts that is incredibly versatile, too. It also works well with virtually any sans serif font, but Lato Regular is an excellent pairing. 

The wedding invitation fonts you choose for your invite often work together to create the custom look you and your partner want. All of the examples above show the pairings that our designers and wedding couples alike prefer, but you can personalize all of them even more. The key is to find two contrasting styles that match, like a sans serif and script or serif and handwritten-style font. You can always test out your ideas and see what looks good together by using Bliss & Bone’s online wedding invitation builder. In the section marked by “A,” you can explore all of the font options available, move around the text and see the final result in the preview window. 

Angie Wedding Invitation
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Arlo Wedding Invitation
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Poppy Wedding Invitation
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Beckett Wedding Invitation
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Bradford Wedding Invitation
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Harlow Wedding Invitation
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Emily Wedding Invitation
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Julianna Wedding Invitation
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Navy Wedding Invitation
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Stone Wedding Invitation
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Determining the Best Theme for Your Favorite Wedding Invitation Fonts

Not sure where to start with wedding invitation fonts? It might be helpful to think about your wedding theme first. Let’s say you want to plan an outdoor country western themed wedding. That will likely look a lot different than an elevated New York City hotel wedding. From there, you can imagine that a wedding invitation, as well as the wedding invitation fonts used, will also be vastly different. To give you an idea of what fonts go with what themes, we have outlined a few concepts below. 

  • Serif: As the history of serif fonts suggests, it goes back to yesteryear. With that in mind, a classic, retro or vintage wedding invitation should have some sort of serif font that goes with it. You don’t necessarily have to stick with one serif font throughout, but it is a good idea to use it for any of the wedding details you want to share on the invitation. 
  • Sans serif: Because it is more pared-down and simple, sans serif wedding invitation fonts are best for modern and minimalist wedding themes. Not only that, but they are also excellent complements for script or handwritten wedding invitation fonts. 
  • Handwritten: Depending on which ones you choose, handwritten wedding invitation fonts can have a custom and casual or custom and elevated appeal. So, there’s a range for wedding couples interested. Anything from backyard weddings to garden weddings to over-the-top vintage-inspired weddings will pair nicely with these whimsical and elegant wedding invitation fonts.
  • Script: You can think of script as the more upscale sister to handwritten wedding invitation fonts. They look more digital than their more natural handwritten counterpart, but they still have the elegant swoops and connectivity of a romantic font. If you plan to host a more formal and classic wedding celebration, make sure to use a script font somewhere on your invite.

This is a window into the different types of wedding invitation fonts and how they coordinate with specific wedding themes. There are no hard and fast rules here, but these recommendations can help you get started when designing your own wedding invitations. So, whether you see yourself as a boho bride or want a classic wedding, there are so many popular wedding fonts that can inspire your own designs. Later on, we’ll discuss how they can be added to every aspect of your wedding — down to the cocktail napkins passed around after the wedding ceremony. 

Choosing Wedding Invitation Fonts for Print vs. Digital Styles

Before you can think about the types of wedding invitation fonts you want, you need to determine whether you are interested in preparing print or digital invites. There are plenty of pros to both options, but here are the main differences:

  • The turnaround time required to prepare your wedding invitations: You can complete the process of designing your own digital wedding invitations on the same day. Simply go to the online builder, find your favorite template and then input your details and send them out to your guests. For printed styles, however, you need a few weeks to approve your proofs and ultimately send them out to your guests’ mailing addresses. With that, you need to consider your wedding planning timeline before making your final decision. 
  • The price of your wedding invitations: The cost of digital versus print wedding invitations varies widely. Digital wedding invitations are the most cost-effective option, and most end up costing about $1 per invite. Printed wedding invitations are generally more expensive, and there is a scale within that. Digitally printed invites are the most affordable, and then advanced printing methods like letterpress, embossing or engraving hikes up the prices even more. So, you’ll want to evaluate your budget and talk it through with your partner and wedding planner before you start designing your invites. 
  • The effect on the environment: Mother Nature can weigh into many wedding couples's big decisions, too. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, a digital wedding invite might be more appealing. Because they are sent through to guests’ emails, you don’t need to use any paper. This, of course, is also why digital wedding invitations are significantly less expensive than printed invites. 
  • The overall experience for your guests: Opening your email and seeing an invitation is very different from going to your mailbox and opening an envelope. This may matter to you and your partner, and some couples definitely prefer one experience over the other. If you are dreaming of a more tangible, formal process, printed wedding invitations might be best for your particular event. 
  • The wedding invitation fonts you can use: Not all fonts that you can use for digital wedding invitations are available for print styles. There is more flexibility with digital designs, since they aren’t printed, so you want to refer to the different sections and see which style fits your aesthetic best. If you are curious about using a different font for your printed wedding invitation, you should add a note to the designer with your order. Your dedicated designer will take any notes into consideration as they craft your first proof. 

There is a lot to consider when you make the move to create digital or printed wedding invitations. Both bring their own unique, interesting style, but the experience, cost and impact on the environment all varies. Before you purchase anything, have an honest conversation with your partner about how much you plan to spend on everything for your wedding — including your wedding invitations — as well as your aesthetic preferences. Open communication is the first step to establishing a solid foundation for your one-of-a-kind wedding day. 

The Best Google Fonts to Consider for Your Stationery

In an effort to learn more about popular wedding invitation fonts, we turned to Google’s most frequently used styles. These aren’t necessarily for wedding invitations, but understanding the top picks for Google fonts could provide more suggestions for couples exploring their options. We toggled to see the best fonts based on popularity, according to Google, and the results for the top three are:

The most popular serif fonts are Merriweather, Playfair Display and Lora, and the top picks for script or handwritten fonts are Dancing Script, Pacifico and Caveat. People use Google fonts for a wide range of tasks, but they can also inspire your wedding invitation fonts. If you like the idea of combining one font from each category, they can also become the font duo your wedding invitation needs. Simply play around with different styles and see which ones match your vision. These can serve as starting points as you see your wedding invitation design come to life. 

How to Coordinate Your Wedding Invitation Fonts with a Logo or Monogram

A perennial wedding trend? Customization. We see it all the time at weddings, but there is just something about a piece that’s handcrafted just for you and your partner. One way to make your wedding invitations, other stationery and more look one-of-a-kind is through the use of a personalized logo or monogram. Before we dive in, let’s cover the basic definitions of both:

  • Logo: A logo is often a graphic design that may also have letters in it. There is a little more flexibility in the definition of what constitutes a “logo” versus a “monogram.” The Coca-Cola logo, for example, is a designed series of letters. When you’re talking about a wedding logo, you might see a graphic image, like a flower or pair of antlers, but you’ll also see a couple’s full name or shared last name written out. For even more detail, you can even ask to incorporate your wedding date or location. 
  • Monogram: A monogram is a design comprising one to three letters, though it’s most common to use three. Many people use it to identify their belongings, and you may have seen them on everything from notebooks to laundry bags. In the context of a wedding monogram, you might see a combination of three letters that represent your first name, your partner’s first name and your shared last name. For example, a monogram for Jack and Jane Smith might look something like, “JSJ,” with the “S” slightly larger than the two Js.

When you have decided which one will go best with your event, you can order your own through Bliss & Bone. Here’s how the process to create your own custom logo or monogram works: 

  1. Choose your favorite logo or monogram design. There are several logo and monogram styles to choose from at Bliss & Bone, so you should look through your options and select the best one for you. After that you’ll want to click on it and visit the product page.
  2. Decide how you want to use it. You can have a logo or monogram prepared for use on only Bliss & Bone products, other products outside of Bliss & Bone’s lineup or both. The prices range based on this decision, but costs start at $40. 
  3. Add your text. You need to type out what you want to be included in your logo or monogram. Click “Your Text” and add it in the box provided. If you have any extra notes for your designer, feel free to include them in this section as well. 
  4. Pay for your logo or monogram. After you are done, click on the “Add to Cart” button and submit your payment information. 
  5. Wait for your proof. Then, the waiting game begins. Within two business days, one of our dedicated designers will upload your custom logo or monogram to your Bliss & Bone account. 
  6. Confirm your approval. If you are happy with the look of your logo or monogram, you can use it on anything you want (depending on the format you purchased). However, it’s possible you want to make a change to it. One revision is available with your order, so if you need anything fixed, please email us at hello@blissandbone.com. You need to share your order number with us, plus any changes you want to make. After that round of revisions, all additional changes cost $40 per round. 
  7. Receive your files via email (optional). You can purchase a logo or monogram for use at Bliss & Bone, Elsewhere or Both. For those who purchased “Elsewhere” or “Both,” you’ll receive a print-ready file in your email inbox. 

Your wedding logo and monogram don’t have to be one or the other. If you want both, you should design one of each — just note to your designer that you want them to coordinate. From there, you can customize practically anything you can imagine. Most notably, you have the power to access them in your Bliss & Bone account and add them to any stationery you can think of, from your wedding website to rehearsal dinner invitations. Below are a few of our favorite creative ideas to get you and your partner thinking about how you want to bring them into your special day:

  • Aisle runner: Walking down the aisle is one of the most special moments in your life. To customize this experience to the fullest, you can see if you can order an aisle runner, complete with your own custom logo or monogram.
  • Cocktail napkins: What could be better than adding a nod to you and your partner on a detail as “small” as a cocktail napkin. Though it would be only a fraction of the details you come up with for your celebration, those little personalizations can make a big impact. Couples also love the idea of putting their dog or cat on cocktail napkins handed out following the ceremony. 
  • Seating chart display: Your guests will need to know where they’re supposed to sit at the reception, and that’s where the seating chart display comes in. You can keep it simple with table numbers followed by the names of your guests assigned to each one, or get super creative with unique names for each table. Some wedding couples will also share this information with shot glasses personalized with each guest’s name, luggage tags directing people to different “countries” (aka tables) and more. However you design it, the seating chart display is one of the many things that can show off your logo or monogram at the top or bottom. 
  • Any other signage: There are so many signs you can display at your wedding. Along with a seating chart display, you can have a welcome sign, or one propped up near the buffet table to direct your guests toward the food. Neon signs for the dance floor or somewhere at the reception are also popular, and they serve as a fun backdrop for photos. You can easily transform your wedding logo or monogram into a dramatic feature displayed at the ceremony or reception. 
  • Dance floor: Light up the dance floor — in more ways than one — by placing your monogram or logo at the center of the dance floor. This can inspire beautiful overhead shots, if your photographer is able to do so, and it’s one of those details everyone will notice. 

As you’re designing and dreaming up all of these significant details in your wedding celebration, you can add that you would like to include popular wedding invitation fonts. This way, everything will flow together and present your guests with the most elaborate, thoughtful curation of paper and digital products. 

Matching Your Wedding Invitation Fonts to Other Stationery Items

While there is freedom to design other aspects of your wedding stationery however you’d like, we are big proponents of cohesion. There are a variety of ways to differentiate certain pieces in your stationery, but having consistency in the wedding invitation fonts you choose can be a grounding feature throughout your set. 

  • Wedding website: Your wedding website is the information hub for all things related to your wedding. You’ll want to include more details that weren’t written on your Save the Date or invitation, and you can even add photos, recommendations for hot spots near your venue and there’s also an option to collect RSVPs. With Bliss & Bone’s wedding website templates, you can easily use one of the most popular wedding invitation fonts to share all of these details with your guests. The wedding website is typically prepared about six to nine months before the big day.
  • Save the Date: As you are preparing your wedding website, you will also want to start looking at your Save the Date choices. Whether you choose to create a printed or digital Save the Date, the decision you make on the aesthetic and style will ultimately decide how you make your wedding invitations (and the elegant wedding invitation fonts that go with them). These should go to your guests’ mailboxes or email inboxes at least six months before your wedding day — if not, earlier, especially for destination weddings
  • Rehearsal dinner invitations: The rehearsal dinner is often hosted by the groom’s parents, but you can still weigh in on the design decisions made for it. If you want the same popular wedding invitation fonts used on your rehearsal dinner invites, simply share your ideas with the hosts. Bliss & Bone also provides rehearsal dinner invite templates (available in both printed and digital formats) to consistently match your existing stationery suite. 
  • Wedding program: The wedding program is handed out to each of your guests on the day of the ceremony, traditionally by ushers who show everyone to their seats. These programs can include a schedule for your wedding ceremony, plus any additional information you want to share about the readings and readers, wedding party, songs played during the ceremony and more. Of course, all of this can be shown in any popular wedding invitation fonts. Because these are presented to all attendees, these are a printed piece that should be prepared ahead of the wedding day.
  • Wedding menu: You could go digital with everything at your wedding, but one paper product is a must: your wedding menu. These are often displayed on each table setting at the reception, so guests can learn about what meal options they can expect for dinner. Some couples also share fun facts or even ask guests to use a QR code to drop photos taken during the post-ceremony celebration. You can round out your stationery suite from Bliss & Bone with a coordinating wedding menu featuring popular wedding invitation fonts as well. 
  • Cocktail hour napkins and signage: As we mentioned, your wedding logo can be used for a wide range of items — including your cocktail hour napkins and signage. These are small nods to the couple that make a big impact on the day of the wedding. In addition to a monogram or logo, many couples opt to share a photo of their fur child (say, a dog or cat) on cocktail napkins, and there are so many examples of neon signs with “Mr. and Mrs.” on them. To connect these components to your wedding invitations, you can always see if the appropriate vendors can match your wedding invitation fonts to the design. 
  • Thank you notes: When all is said and done, you need to properly thank your guests for (a) attending your celebration and (b) for any gifts you received from them. And while you don’t need to use popular wedding invitation fonts for these, it would be a nice tie-in that guests will remember. At the top, you can feature your and your partner’s first names, your new shared last name or a simple “thank you!”

The preparation required for your wedding day can feel…extensive. There is a lot to do and a never-ending checklist. With these stationery must-haves, you are well on your way to feeling as organized as possible. To take the guesswork out of planning out your stationery, Bliss & Bone has a variety of curated collections, which are essentially groupings of all the stationery materials you need: templates for wedding websites, Save the Dates, wedding invitations, rehearsal dinner invitations and wedding menus. When put together, you have a cohesive grouping of stationery that looks like they were custom-made by a professional designer — because they were! Using our templates designed by talented artists, you can achieve the exact look for any wedding style and aesthetic.  

Get Started on Your Wedding Invitation Fonts Search Today

Now that you have the tools and historical knowledge of wedding invitation fonts, you should have a better idea of what you and your partner are interested in for your own stationery. Our team of designers is eager to help you generate the exact design and aesthetic you’re envisioning, and we’re always available to lend a hand. If you have any questions throughout your wedding invitation designing process, don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact us online through this form or send an email to hello@blissandbone.com, and we’ll respond as soon as possible. We look forward to working with you on your unique and special wedding invitations — and the fonts that make them stand out!