Post # 1
I made a post on the stickied fonts’ board, but it doesn’t have a really good track record of activity as of late, so I thought I’d make a post.
Basically, I am working on my DIY stationary suite right now and I need a good, “boring,” informational font! I am using this script for all the accented things, names, etc.
What’s a good, free serif or sans-serif that would go with this? (I don’t even know which would be better, to be honest!)
( And while I have you here, any clue what these fonts are? )
Thanks so much! 🙂
Post # 3
@Fanciful: For ecletic/handwritten-esque scripts like those in the Jellyka family, I typically pair with very simple or classic serifs. Just depends on the feel I’m going for. I can’t tell exactly from the angle of the photo, but honestly, the text is just a basic serif – something like Garamond would suffice.
As for the titling/heading I am also not certain, but either of these would be a good one to play around with to get a very similar look:
Ruritania (for the decorative first letter)
Post # 4
Thanks! This is what I have come up with. Thoughts? I really like the serif I chose, and wanted to use it for the rest of the ppaper, but it doesn’t have an italic or bold (Daun Penh). Grrrr. Back to the drawing board, I guess! And I may like your fancy letter better than my own!
I think figuring out exactly what that invite’s serif is is more of an obsession at this point, like something I refuse to let beat me.
Post # 6
@Fanciful: The script and the block text go together very nicely!
However, I think the formatting/spacing definitely needs to be tweaked. It’s kind of all over the place. I feel like it would look more unified if you kept all of the text aligned to the left instead of starting at the left, then centering. Basically… I feel like it should look like it came out of a page of a storybook.
Also, if you must keep everything spelled out, I would at least change it so that all important words/dates are capitalized, not just random ones, and that all numbers are spelled out. I would also remove the “and” in spelling the years.
I would also add another line of space before “happily ever after” — the swashes in the word “after” bump up into the word “begins” and it needs more space.
eta: I realized my suggestions sound confusing, so I went ahead and whipped up a mock-up to better describe the changes I would make if it were my own invitation. Not the correct fonts or colors, but it shows the specific changes I would make. Hope it is helpful to you!
Post # 7
@maraschino: Thank you so much for you constructive criticism! And thanks for even going the extra mile to show me exactly what you mean. It looks great. I knew my alignments looked wonky but I couldn’t really figure out what to do with them. Center, center, oh let’s go right! center, center…
What body font did you use?
Post # 8
@Fanciful: You are so very welcome dear! I had seen several of your recent posts regarding your DIY invites and it seemed like you were genuinely reaching out for helpful feedback, so I was happy to give additional input. DIY invites are exhausting!
And I used Perpetua for the body with 1pt tracking (spacing between letters) 🙂