(Closed) Real deal with fonts. Help!

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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7173 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@Melissa.erin: can you post a picture so we can see?  or how many fonts did you use?

I think if it’s readable, that’s all that really matters.  Although, I think I remember a graphic design artist friend saying 2 fonts was usually the best in terms of readability.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve always read that you shouldn’t use more than 2 fonts on a wedding invitation.  I think a lot of people do one script/calligraphy font and one regular type font.

At the same time, it’s really up to you. 

Can you post a picture of your invite and we can give you our opinions?

Post # 4
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5786 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think your friend is reading too much into things but I’d also be interested in seeing your draft. Too many fonts can make it confusing, 2 is best and 3 is prob ok.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Generally, you want to stick to one or two fonts when designing something (this applies to all design, not just wedding invitations) however I did my invitations with lots of various typefaces because I too am going for a rustic theme and I chose typefaces that mesh well together. I am a professional designer though.

Frankly, I think you should just make them whatever way you want. I think the people around you sound like they’re being too critical about it (especially the size of “marriage”, who cares?). Don’t sweat the small stuff. πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@LGenz: Agreed — some designers are amazing at combining multiple fonts, but most people should stick to two or three on one page, and then use those again on other pieces of the suite.

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Font limit: only in the scope of overwhelm—if there’s so much going on that your eye doesn’t know which way to go, then it might be a tad busy, but if you’re going for a specific style (which is what it sounds like), go for it.

Some might suggest 3 fonts, though, 1 for small articles and little details like addresses, a larger, ornate font for your names and any big words you want to emphasize, and one that’s somewhere in the middle for the rest of the words. But, really, as long as there’s enough negative space (white–or whatever contrasting background color–space between the words and groups of information) to balance the design, things’ll be fine.

Word size = importance: Yup. Bigger size=more important, and not just words. Goes back as far as ancient Egyptian carvings where the Pharoah was always larger than his subjects and even they were larger than slaves or captives. (I realize that has nothing to do with wedding invitations, it’s just an example πŸ™‚ ) When I designed my brother’s invitations, they also wanted the word marriage emphasized–no one seemed to bat an eye at it.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I used a total of 3 different fonts: 

 

Harrington

Albemarle Swash

Times New Roman

 

On my actual invite it’s just the 1st two, but for the directions, rsvp, and more information card, I used Times New Roman so it was a bit clearer. 

 

I think that as long as it flows and looks okay and not crowded then you should be fine. 

 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

@Melissa.erin: Overall, I really like it! The colors are nice and I especially like what you did with your names. Great job! πŸ™‚ However, I do think you could stand to cut out a font or two to make it look more uniform. Maybe use the script font, the font you used for “marriage” and the “of their daughter” font and replace the other fonts with those. That way you keep the eclectic, mixed-and-matched look, but it will appear much less busy. That said, do whatever you want, it’s your invitation. πŸ™‚

Post # 14
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Helper bee

I love them! The only font I see being a little problematic (aka pluggy) is the date font (which could be just the way it looks on screen, as you mentioned they can print clearer). And I’d probably chance the “at the” line to match the “request the…” font and color just because it’s such a small line but stands out a little more than it needs to, actually drawing attention away from “marriage.”

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