When choosing the design of your wedding stationery you may have to decide what fonts you want to use. Whether you are working one-on-one with a stationer or ordering something online chances are you will probably have a choice of fonts to choose from. But how do you know which ones to choose?
There are some simple rules to bear in mind when pairing fonts but first a little explanation of ‘font jargon’ may be useful.
- Script fonts are swirly fonts that can often look handwritten.
- Serif fonts are more traditional fonts with the little flicks and edges on each letter.
- Sans-serif fonts are more modern fonts that are smooth and have no little flicks or edges.
You may also hear fonts referred to as typefaces or typography – basically they all mean the style or combination of fonts. Don’t worry too much about these!
So some simple rules when deciding which fonts to choose are as follows:
I always like to combine two or possibly three different fonts in a design to create some interest and also you can use a particular font to highlight certain information – such as your names and date.
For a traditional and more formal look try pairing a script font with a lowercase serif font, like this example below.
If you’re after a modern look uppercase sans-serif fonts work well with a script font.
If you’re looking for something between the two – not too traditional and not too modern – why not pair your script font with an uppercase serif font instead of a lowercase one.
If you’re not keen on script fonts but still want to distinguish between different sections of text then maybe try combining an uppercase sans-serif with a lowercase serif,
or two serif fonts but with one uppercase and one lowercase.
The main thing to remember is to keep it simple, also trust your stationer’s recommendations – we pair fonts together all the time so have a pretty good idea of which ones work well together!