OOoooh! Typography is my passion. I can hopefully be of assistance!
For reference, serif fonts have the little feet (think Times New Roman) and sans-serif font don’t (think Arial, Helvetica, etc).
Some rules to think about when working with fonts:
1. Script fonts are very pretty but very difficult to read when used for body copy (paragraphs, lines of text, etc). I would use script fonts for your names or the headline, whatever that may be. Keep script fonts to a minimum and you will actually accentuate their beauty. By using too much script you will actually make it look less attractive as the type will be illegible and make the design look cluttered. As such, its best to pair a script font with a complimentary serif or sans-serif font. Which of those to use depends on the script font you choose- if you use a hefty script like Buffet Script, I would pair it with a hefty font like Copperplate. Too much contrast in the weight will be overpowering and distracting. The best thing to do would be to play around with different combinations.
2. Never mix to different fonts of the same classification- don’t pair a script with another script, or a sans-serif with another sans-serif, for instance. The short explanation for this is that it clashes and looks wonky.
3. Palace is gorgeous but very thin, so keep that in mind for when you’re printing. It probably wouldn’t work well to print light text on a dark background, especially on an inkjet as it has a tendency to bleed. It depends on your brand of printer (Epsons bleed pretty bad on non-epson paper, something Epson did on purpose actually, grr) and also the type of paper. If you can manage to print using a laser printer you’ll be in great shape because toner has a tendency to bleed less than inkjet printers. Test it first on regular paper, and then test on one of your invitations before printing a whole batch.
4. Back to Palace- it’s thin, so I would pair it with a thin/light weight serif or sans serif font. In the example I made, I paired it with some fonts I thought would look nice, but also two that I think are too heavy- Copperplate and Rockwell. I had to pay for some of those fonts but there are plenty of free alternatives that are similar. For instance, Century Gothic is a geometric sans serif, and there are tons of free geometric sans serif fonts on dafont.com.
5. I would stick to just two fonts, and that includes font families- if you use a medium/book/regular font, and then use a bold variety, or an italic, think of that as your second font.
6. Sizing! I wouldn’t go below 9pt, but I wouldn’t go too big either. Making it too big can actually make it look crowded and thus LESS legible! I personally like to work in 9pt in my design work as I think anything bigger looks clunky, but it depends on the font and the amount of text.
7. Whitespace! Whitespace is your friend! Make sure you leave plenty of "unused" room in your design. It will not only look a lot better but it will be much easier to read.
These are just some guidelines to keep in mind when working. I’m a graphic designer so to me these rules are sacred, haha, but its good to experiment. Sometimes breaking the rules works if the result looks amazing! As far as which fonts to use, I suggest picking a few different serif and sans-serif fonts and playing around with it. Dafont.com is great because you preview the text before downloading, so I recommend taking advantage of it!
Please post your design here when you’re done. I can’t wait to see it!
Sorry for the long geeky post, but I love fonts.