From Casually Elegant to Formal: Best Fonts for Wedding Invitations

Your invitations set the tone for the wedding

Pattern stationery for wedding invitations

 Max Pixel 

Your wedding invitation sets the tone for your wedding and gives your guests a clue as to the formality of the event. For example, if your nuptials are scheduled for an outdoor tented area followed by a cookout, a casually elegant font choice conveys the mood in a way that a more formal font would not. Likewise, an extravagant wedding with a full complement of attendants demands a traditional invitation and font.

Here, we discuss a few things to remember about fonts when designing your own wedding invitation and offer a few suggestions to suit the spirit of your nuptials.

The Most Important Consideration: Legibility

As you explore the many fonts available online, keep in mind your invitation's core mission: To communicate clearly all the details of the wedding and reception. Don't make your potential guests have to squint or guess.

  • Keep the lines short. They're easier to read, no matter what font you decide on.
  • Go big(ish). For legibility, use wedding fonts at a larger size than you would find in most books. A good starting point is 14 to 16 points for the main part of the invitation.
  • Use plain fonts for the small bits. Many formal and Old English fonts are unreadable at small sizes. Limit their use to the main portion of the invitation, and choose a plainer, more straightforward font for details such as the RSVP information.
  • Preview your choices. Many lovely formal fonts look terrible in all caps. If you need all caps anywhere on your invitation, such as for "RSVP," see how well the letters play together before making your final choice.

Check the full character set of any font you're considering. Make sure it includes everything you need—for example, any numbers and special characters you plan to use—and that you like the way these extras look.

Elegant Fonts

Exmouth font map 

These are the traditionally popular fonts for wedding invitations: similar to cursive handwriting but more refined. The many choices in this category range from script and Blackletter to decorative. These fonts aren't the best choices for text-heavy books and resumes, but they typically suit invitations well.

Some traditional choices include:

  • Rotunda (Typographer Rotunda, Cresci Rotunda). Unlike many other Blackletter styles that are too dark or Gothic for wedding invitations, Rotunda's softer style hits just the right note.
Rotunda font
Manuel Strehl / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 
Carolingia font
  • Bispo. Calligraphy fonts like this one are both elegant and easier to read than scripts and pure Blackletter fonts.
A Swedish proverb makes light of worry with this lovely free font. Bispo by Jackson Alves
Blackadder font
 Inductiveload / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0

Casual Fonts

For less formal invitations, try a casual, decorative, or theme font:

  • Noodle Script. Neat but informal.
Noodle Script font
  • Caffe Latte. A little quirky and edgy.
Caffe Latte font
  • Your own handwriting. For the ultimate in a personalized invitation, scan your own script (assuming it's legible).
  • Pacifico. Stylish and non-traditional.
Pacifico font
Inspira font
KUsam / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 2.5
  • Themed fonts. A Western font might work for a country wedding setting or a fun "Wanted" poster-themed invitation.
  • Typewriter fonts. An appropriate touch for the couple who reads and writes together. 

A Mix of Plain and Fancy

Some decorative fonts are lovely in small doses but not legible enough for important details such as the date, time, and location. Try pairing a decorative script for the names of the bride and groom with a legible serif or sans serif font for the rest of the information.

Don't mix two script fonts or two distinctive decorative fonts. They'll compete with each other.