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Picking the Best Fonts for Invitations

written by: Thursday Bram•edited by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•updated: 11/30/2009

With the right font, you can create a perfect invitation for any event you're planning. Whether you're inviting co-workers to a professional event or you're planning a wedding, putting together an impressive invitation is just a matter of finding the right typeface.

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    Two Fonts For One Invitation

    If you look at most professionally designed fonts, you'll notice that many use two fonts: one simple and easy-to-read typeface in which crucial information like the time and place is set and one decorative font that is used emphasize certain information. For instance, on many birthday party invitations, you'll see words like 'Where' and 'When' set in a bold typeface that grabs attention, letting a reader quickly focus on the information next to it in a simpler font.

    Pairing fonts for your invitation may be made simple by the fact that you already have one font in mind. A decorative font may have caught your eye — or you may have a specific style to follow, like a font matching the logo of a large event — and you just need to find a simple font to go along with it. In such cases, it's important to find a font that can be easily read and has at least a general feel that matches your decorative font. You wouldn't want to pair a cursive font, for instance, with a block letter text font. You'd want something with a little grace.

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    Seeking Out Fonts

    Start with the idea of the event you're planning. For a wedding, for instance, it's worth taking a look at fonts meant to be used for weddings, rather than hunting through thousands of general fonts. There are many fonts for specific events and holidays. If you aren't planning around something so specific — maybe you're working on awards ceremony not tied to the calendar or you're planning a dinner for a specific group of people, think about the overall theme of the event. You can even find fonts with football themes — there's no event that someone hasn't created a font specifically for.

    For plainer fonts, a good starting point may be the fonts you already have. Most desktop publishing programs come with a variety of fonts installed. It may not be a big enough collection to contain football or wedding typefaces, but you'll definitely have several good text fonts, perfect for communicating important information.






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