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Download Free Fonts for Your Wedding Invitations

Where to Download Free Fonts For Wedding Invites

Between the bachelorette party, bridal shower, save the date, rehearsal dinner, and actual wedding-day invites, there are a lot of paper — or, for the most tech-savvy brides, online — goods to go around. If you're designing your own wedding stationery, then a beautiful set of type makes all the difference. Fonts can set the tone for style just as much as the color scheme, and installing custom ones are really easy on both Mac and PC.

We've scoured the Internet for the most elegant font freebies the web has to offer. Whether you're planning a romantic retro-, black-tie-, country-, or fairy-tale-themed affair, these type foundries have fonts fit for every type of wedding. Check out the premium, professional-grade lovely letter offerings, provided gratis.

The Big Dogs

These sites have hundreds of fonts collected from design firms or individual typographers.

  • Font Squirrel — The ultimate resource for free fonts licensed for commercial use (which you don't need to worry about for your wedding invites, anyway). Font Squirrel has a great selection of elegant script and calligraphic options.
  • Behance — The graphic design showcase isn't just an online portfolio for conceptual digital work; it's also a great place to find beautiful free fonts from up-and-coming designers too. Some of our favorites: the straight-out-of-Mad Men Brandon Grotesque and the subtly whimsical Valentina.
  • Open Font Library — This home for open-source fonts promotes all freedoms as related to the use of type. Anyone is free to use, study, share, and remix the fonts available on the site. Sofia is a fresh take on traditional script, and Caledo is a dramatic, bold choice for a more formal event.
  • MyFonts — The site claims to have the "largest collection of fonts," and while most of the fonts aren't free, MyFonts does have a selection of incredible, progressional-grade type that's available without charge. Mimix, for example, is $0 for personal use, but costs $39 for commercial applications, and Bergamot's ornaments are free, but the lettering costs $10 and up. Poke around, and you'll find some incredible downloadables.

Boutique Picks

These sites don't have as much to offer, but, as they say, less is more. You'll find more unique typefaces from independent designers here.

  • Font Fabric — The type foundry unveils a new font every week and has 49 free offerings. The playful Multicolore and graphic Rex font families caught our eye.
  • Type Together — The two-person, Czech Republic-based design team has some great reinterpretations of classic fonts, like Abril Fatface.
  • Ten by Twenty — The design firm has a great pixelated font for a techie wedding called Munro. There's also a fun icon set that could be used to call attention to important info on your invites, like directions or a phone number.
  • Type Depot — This small design studio has minimal, playful types like Piron.
  • Exljbris — Look in the left navigation bar under "free fonts." Designer Jos Buivenga specializes in crafting sans-serif type.
  • The League of Moveable Type — From the bubbly Sniglet to the kaleidoscopic Knewave, this open-source type foundry has a wide array of fonts available.
  • To Type Away — The students of University of Northamton specialize in fonts that look like hand-lettering.
  • Lost Type — This design co-op is donation-based, so give what you can.
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Ruggero14961961 Ruggero14961961 4 years
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calamari calamari 9 years
no problem nikki_ You weren't being stupid. Computers are tricky and do weird things sometimes. I've been saved many many times by different people online, I'm just glad I could help someone else.
nikki_ nikki_ 9 years
OMG. Calamari, THANK YOU!!! I'm being stupid, I know but thanks! I tried the first one and it's pure genius..
calamari calamari 9 years
Hi Vsugar, Are you installing the fonts using fontboook? Or are you dragging them into the "libary/fonts" folder? If you are dragging them directly into the "library/fonts" folder, then you need to restart your machine before the fonts will show up in Word. Sorry, should have mentioned that before. Let me know if that works. In the meantime, I'll do a little research online and see if there are any specific issues with TrueType fonts and Microsoft Word for the mac.
Vsugar Vsugar 9 years
Calamari - Thanks for your help with this, but I did exactly what you said to do, and the fonts still aren't showing up in my Word file (Oh, I have a mac). Am I missing something incredibly obvious here? I type something, and I want to change the font, and so I go into the fonts dropdown, and the font I just installed isn't there. How do i get it there??? Hmmm, and that's interesting about the number of fonts slowing down the computer. Hmmmm.....
calamari calamari 9 years
Okay, there are a couple of things you can try. If you just want to install a few fonts, open up your "Macintosh HD" and open the "Library" folder. You should see a folder named "Fonts". Drag the .TTF file into this folder. This is a way to install fonts without using fontbook. I'm not exactly sure what's wrong with your font book app. You might have a corrupt preferences file. The preferences file for font book is located in your "Macintosh HD" here... /Users/yourusername/Library/Preferences/ You can trash this file and then relaunch your font book app to see if that fixes the problem. But if all you want to do is install a few fonts. Just dragging them into the Library Fonts folder should work fine. Let me know if you're still having problems
nikki_ nikki_ 9 years
Oh, and sometimes when I press install, nothing happens, no dialogue or whatever.
nikki_ nikki_ 9 years
I downloaded about five fonts and the same errors kept on coming up.. I'll try again.
calamari calamari 9 years
That's really weird nikki_ I went to the site just now and downloaded a font called "Loki Cola". I was able to double-click the .TTF file and font book launched no problem. I clicked on "install font" and it worked. Have you tried a few different fonts? Does the error occur every time you try and install a font? Or just with one specific font?
nikki_ nikki_ 9 years
Hey! I'm having problems with fonts from Fonts 500, Font Book opens up and tells me that if I install the font, the system might crash. Why does that happen? Do I install the font anyway?
starburst697 starburst697 9 years
Hey, just be careful with finding fonts from dafont. While there are some great ones on that site, a lot of them are shareware, so you can only use them for on screen. You can't print them, and would have to buy the typeface to print it, even if you try to outline it it won't show up. The types aren't expensive though, usually only like 5-10 bucks, so if you love it, I'd say go for it. Just letting you guys know. :)
calamari calamari 9 years
Macgirl is absolutely right you guys. Having lots of active fonts can really slow down your computer. Especially if you are inexperienced in managing fonts, you probably shouldn't get too carried away downloading and installing free fonts. If you want some advice on how to manage or uninstall fonts, then post a question here and I'll post some tips.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
Calamari- if fonts are like friends I don't want any ;-) Keep in mind while free fonts are tons of fun, add too many and it can really slow down your system. I just had a client yesterday complaining how slow her system was (Mac Pro with 6GB's of RAM, beefier than your average user) she had 610 active fonts. I turned them all off and her speed returned. I wouldn't keep more than 100 active at once, but that's just me. :-)
DearMissPriss DearMissPriss 9 years
DIY invitations are the beginning of the end of high design. =(
calamari calamari 9 years
Here's a basic step-by-step guide for installing fonts in Windows. Give this a try and let me know if you're still having problems. 1. Choose Start > Settings > Control Panel Note: In Windows XP, choose Start > Control Panel 2. Double-click the Fonts folder. 3. Choose File > Install New Font. 4. Select the folder that contains the fonts you want to install. (Make sure you have unzipped them first.) The fonts in the folder should appear under List of Fonts. 5. Select the fonts to install. 6. To copy the fonts to the Fonts folder, make sure the Copy fonts to the Fonts folder check box is selected. (This is a good idea, so the fonts are in your "fonts folder" and then you can delete the original copy sitting in your "downloads" folder). 7. Click OK to install the fonts.
calamari calamari 9 years
Hi greengen, It depends on what version of windows you are using (Vista, XP, etc.)? Let me know and I'll help walk you through the installation process.
greengen greengen 9 years
I'm trying to download the fonts on a PC. How do I get them to work in Word??
Tech Tech 9 years
Thanks for the help, Calamari!
calamari calamari 9 years
Hi mrc011 and vsugar, I went to the site this morning and downloaded one of the fonts. It was a truetype font (which works on both macs and pcs) so I may have mislead you earlier when I said to make sure you are downloading the correct version of the font. There is only one version of the font and it will work on both macs and pcs. mrc011, installing fonts on a mac is easy. Once the font is downloaded, open the folder and you'll see a .TTF file. Just double-click that file and it should launch a program called "Font Book". It should display the font in a new window and you'll see a button that says "install font". Click this button and the font is now installed on your computer. Installing fonts on a PC is a bit more tricky so, vsugar, if you're using a PC, let me know and I'll help walk you through installing fonts on a PC. FYI, if you download and install lots of fonts on your computer, it can really start to slow down your computer. So if you are planning on downloading, say more than 30 fonts, then you might want to consider downloading a font manager program. There are some free ones online. If you want one, let me know and I'll send you a link. Let me know if you're still having problems. good luck
mrc011 mrc011 9 years
I'm in the same boat as vsugar. I've got a mac and I'm not sure how to install the fonts properly. Help would be great! thanks!
natali3nguyen natali3nguyen 9 years
ooo cool!
calamari calamari 9 years
Hi Vsugar, Are you running windows or mac on your computer? I know this seems obvious, but make sure that you are downloading the correct font for your type of computer. The fonts should be available for either mac or PC If you are using windows, what version are you using (Vista, XP, etc...)? Let me know and I walk you through the process of installing the fonts on your computer so you can use them in Word.
Vsugar Vsugar 9 years
Um, I need help. I'm downloading the fonts, and everything seems to be working fine, but they aren't showing up when I use word - how do I get them into Word so that I can actually use them?? Help =(
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