As more and more non-traditional couples tie the knot, the traditional rules of etiquette and ritual get neatly tossed out the window. Couples have non-church weddings in all manner of settings — at ranches and cabins, scenic lookout points, concert venues, nightclubs, warehouses. If you can think of it, a wedding is being planned there. So sometimes the formality of a snowy-white engraved invitation isn’t in keeping with your wedding/yoga retreat, or your casual “We’re Hitched!” BBQ. That’s where quirky wedding invites come in. Unlike our previous posts on classic and modern wedding fonts there are few guidelines with quirky fonts. There are a few common categories, though. Let’s check out the options.
1. Delicately ornamented
For this brand of quirky you take a mix of classic, modern and decorative fonts and mix liberally. But here you’ll be using them at small sizes and with a light touch to maintain a sense of airy prettiness. The other thing you’ll need in terms of fonts are faces comprised entirely of type ornaments.
Some ornament fonts:
Some delicate quirkiness in action.
On this one from Minted.com flourishes are paired with two top hat engravings.
2. Boldly typographic
In this style the key is to use type as your ornamentation, especially by using specific symbols at a large scale you can create a whimsical and extroverted look. Slab serif and decorative fonts are striking and useful for this look.
Some slab serifs:
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Some decorative fonts:
The boldly typographic look in action.
And Now from Minted.com
Bold Brackets from Minted.com
3. Hand lettered and illustrated
Hand-lettered/illustrated invites are often truly hand-done one of a kind pieces done by an artsy bride or groom, an artsty friend of the couple or a company such as Rifle Paper Company. While you may not have artsy friends or have the budget for custom invitations you can still get a hand-done look with some fonts that mimic it’s irregularities. (Can’t help you with the illustrations though. Maybe a street caricaturist?)
The hand-lettered look in action.
Barn Party from Minted.com
Custom invitation from Bird and Banner
4. Innovative materials
OK, so this isn’t really specifically about fonts but these invitations are super creative, which tends to be a hallmark of the quirky style. They’re also quite inspirational.
These invitations from Bird and Banner were printed on a random collection of vintage handkerchiefs. Each invitation was completely different.
This invitation, also from Bird and Banner, was printed on wood and mailed in a monogrammed, drawstring cloth bag.