If you pick up a wedding invitation and take a look at it, you’ll notice that the fonts adorning the stationery aren’t always the same. However, they always seem to pair well together and provide the invitation with a certain mood or feel. Font choice is important, and knowing which typefaces to pair with one another is another crucial element. But if you’re not a typography expert, it’s not always easy to know what goes with what. Here are some tips for pairing fonts on your wedding invitations:
What kind of wedding are you having?
Is it a formal ceremony? Informal? Outdoors? Indoors? The fonts that you pair together can reflect the style of your nuptials. For example, an elegant curvy font may not accurately depict an informal ceremony.
Determine how many fonts to use
Traditionally, couples choose two fonts. Although, the number of fonts you throw into the mix is completely up to you. However, it’s important to keep in mind that too many different fonts can be distracting and ultimately clash with one another. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to keep your invitation clean and simple.
Play around with different fonts
We would advise against picking out two typefaces in your head without seeing them right next to each other. Sit down and play around with a variety of fonts to see which ones please the eye. Here are a few strategies to consider:
Go opposite: It’s often that a curvy, elegant text works well with a more structured font. Opposites attract, even in the world of typography. When you pair together typefaces, which are different in scale, weight, width and spacing, you liven up your invitations and make it easier and more pleasant for your guests to read.
Go similar: Fonts within the same family often pair well together due to a set of consistent traits. It’s like pairing the same type of flower together in an arrangement, with different colored blooms – they’re different, but still match.
Go historic: This unique way of choosing fonts encourages you to understand how a font was created. You can choose perfect matches by picking typefaces which were designed for the same tool, like a brush or a pen.
TypeConnection is a website which allows you to choose different fonts and pair them together, then the site tells you if the fonts you chose work well or not. It explains why the pairing works and describes each font in great detail, helping you to figure out a combination that’s right for you and your wedding.
Want more tips? Check out our Wedding Fonts 101.
How are you choosing your wedding fonts? Share your thoughts with us!