18 Free Script Fonts for Your DIY Wedding Invitations


Fancy modern fonts for zero dollars

by Maddie Eisenhart, Chief Revenue Officer

Free Script Fonts for DIY Wedding Invitations

If you’re thinking of doing DIY wedding invitations, the trick is all in finding the right fonts (particularly if you’re not an illustrator or designer. Cough, raises hand). Luckily, since the Internet exists solely for making your wedding easier (that’s why it was invented, right?) there are hundreds upon hundreds of free fonts to download, available at your fingertips.

Unfortunately, that means there are also hundreds upon hundreds of really terrible fonts at your fingertips. Fonts that would put Comic Sans to shame. And since you’ve got way more important things to do with your time than sift through them, we’ve rounded up eighteen of the nicest, least terrible free script fonts we could find, all of which you can download for absolutely free. If you’ve done design work before, you can skip straight to the downloads below. But if this is your first time at the rodeo, here a few tips for working with free fonts:

  • Pay attention to what you want to write with your fonts. Some characters look better than others, so a font that looks terrible spelling out “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog,” might look amazing when you spell your wedding hashtag with it. So take advantage of the previews offered by font services. You may be surprised by which fonts end up speaking to you.
  • Not all free fonts are created equally. Some are free because their creators wanted to give something free to the world. Others are free because they aren’t the “pro” version of the font, meaning that they don’t contain the complete character set. In some cases, you’ll never notice this (i.e., the “complete” set contains a lot of special characters you have no use for). In other cases, this means you’re going to have to do without important characters like an ampersand (if a font below is featured without an ampersand, it’s because the font set didn’t offer it). Font services like dafont.com will show a character set on the page where the font lives, so you’ll be able to check which category your font falls under before you download.
  • If you’ve got your heart set on super fancy calligraphy, a lot of script fonts come with an extra “swashes” font, that contains extra flourishes. If you’re using a graphic design program (basically anything that’s not Microsoft Word) to design your invites, you can use these swashes to fancy up your text (like we did in the graphic below. Which was made with Sverige Script, in case you wanted to steal it for your own designs.)

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Today’s download is just script fonts, but we’ll have other categories in the near future. If you have a request for something that’s been impossible to find, leave it in the comments!

18 free script fonts for your wedding invites

Candlescript Free Font Download

Respective Slanted Free Font Download

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Her Von Muellerhoff Free Font Download

Signerica Free Font Download

Jasmine Reminiscentse Free Font Download

Mademoiselle Camille Free Font Download

Janda Stylish Script Free Font Download

Monmica Free Font Download

Tamoro Script Free Font Download

Bacana Free Font Download

Maratre Free Font Download

Karine Aime Les Chocolats Free Font Download

Housegrind Free Font Download

Sverige Script Free Font Download

Anacondas Free Font Download

Mutlu Ornamental Free Font Download

MF Queen Leela Free Font Download

Brev Script Free Font Download

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Chief Revenue Officer. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and whether flower crowns will be out next year. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband, Michael and their mastiff puppy. Current hair color: Purple(ish).

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  • Ashley

    I loved collecting fonts for our Save the Dates. I hated having to choose the fonts we would actually use. It was like I had to mourn each font that was left behind.

  • BB

    Thank you!!! The pretties!!!
    Does anyone have recommendations for services to do your printing through? I want some lovely quality paper for the design a dear friend is illustrating, but not sure who to use…and something on the cheap. Printed.com? Zazzle? Minted? Who loves what?

    • Juliet

      I used a local quick-print/copy shop and thought the quality was great. It’s also nice to be able to see a “test” copy in person before you give the go-ahead.

      • BB

        Did you buy paper through them or purchase your own then asked them to use what you brought?

        • Juliet

          I bought paper through them, because I had NO. IDEA. where to start with paper. I basically said “I want a thicker paper that’s white but kinda looks cool,” and they were very helpful. I’m an online shopper by nature, but this was something I’m glad I did locally- it took like 4 hours, also.

          • BB

            Thank you!

    • KateS

      everybody always seems to love vistaprint and they have tonnnnnnns of deals, like, always. so that’s a super cheap option, although i found their interface sort of annoying to search and customize stuff and they didn’t have every paper size under the sun, which isn’t necessarily an issue, especially if you know that going in and make sure your design is a more standard size.

      http://www.uprinting.com is where i just ordered our STDs from and the site was super easy to use, free proofing, printed and shipped quickly, and they offer every size of everything you could possibly want (although only basic white envelopes/paper). plus really, really affordable, so personally i’d recommend them over vistaprint if all you need is nice quality white cardstock for your designs. for what we ordered, it was cheaper (and overall easier) than vistaprint too.

      • Kayjayoh

        Their interface is mega-annoying. This is true.

    • Uprinting is a really good value for printing on the cheap. And they’ll let you do a physical proof, it’s a bit extra but worth it if you have the time.

      Vistaprint has always done well with business orders I’ve done, though their paper selection is limited. A great option for postcard Save the Dates though.

      Never used Printed.com, I’ve had mixed results with Zazzle printing. They did a lovely job on the APW mugs I’ve seen, but some paper products haven’t been as great—though that could be an artwork problem as much as a printing problem.

      If you buy your own paper you could also go through a local Kinkos/Fedex Office, great larger company options for paper are Neenah Paper and Mohawk, though they have ZILLIONS of choices so it’s easy to get decision fatigue there. Neenah and Mohawk tend to pop up in office stores though, so you can try and get a feel for the paper type locally before ordering (they also do samples).

      Local businesses are also a great option, but shop around and look at proofs, not all of them will be the same quality and some places are literally just people with wide variety of personal printers.

      Hope this helps!

      • BB

        Super helpful, thanks Lucy!

    • PurpleHeather

      I can wholeheartedly recommend https://www.printed.com/

      We had our A5, full colour invites, printed on both sides from them, and for 65 invites it was about £55. The quality was amazing, and they also offer personalisation, where they print your invitees’ names inside each invite – so worth it to avoid the faff of handwriting them all, and great as I have horrid handwriting.

      • BB

        ooo yay good to know!

    • Sarah

      I used a local printer that a friend of my mom’s recommended. I actually just received my invitations TODAY and I’m very happy with the quality and the price.

      • BB

        yay invites!

    • Anna P

      We used CatPrint. They were a good deal (cheaper and more flexible for us than VistaPrint), and we talked to a real person to troubleshoot and get things perfect. Even if you don’t end up using them to get stuff printed, I recommend watching some of their videos about bleed and file setup if you’ve never designed printed materials before.

      Also, a free trial of Adobe Creative Cloud was a lifesaver!

      • BB

        Awesome, awesome. Ill look into it!

        • Kelsey

          I second CatPrint. Great customer service (even when the mistake was my fault) and a free proof, for a really good price.

    • Weddash

      We used Cards and Pockets. http://www.cardsandpockets.com/
      They were super easy to work with and we were pleased with the quality of the paper and the quality of the printing. The customer service in helping me ensure my design would work was also great.

    • Amy

      I used White House Custom Color for my save-the-dates and invites. They are really great people (called to let me know one of my files was wonky instead of just letting it print and having me find out that it looked like crap when it arrived) shipping is free, and orders arrive in 2-3 business days. You have to order cards in sets of 25, which wasn’t an issue for us, but you might end up with extras you don’t need if your numbers aren’t close.

      PLUS when you set up your account, they ask you to upload five pictures, which they print at 8×10 for you, free, so you can see the quality of their work. And they send you paper samples, which was nice because I was kind of snobby about the paper I wanted. (I went with the bamboo, which had a nice tactile feel and weight, but wasn’t terribly expensive. I ended up spending more on swanky envelopes at Paper Source than I did on our invite printing.)

  • Kayjayoh

    Just remember: use script fonts sparingly. Use script fonts sparingly. Use script fonts sparingly. Use script fonts sparingly. And use script fonts sparingly.

    Don’t use them for any important information. Use them for your names, and that’s about it. :)

    • Maddie Eisenhart

      I want to upvote this again. :)

  • As if it didn’t already take me long enough to pick a font when I’m doing something fun. Now you had to go and add 18 more choices for me. Thanks!

  • I would love to see some free handwritten fonts, either script or print. For context, Lisa Congdon has beautiful handwriting fonts: http://lisacongdon.com/blog/2012/08/introducing-petit-lisa-my-first-ever-font/

  • Mandi P

    This tip: “Pay attention to what you want to write with your fonts. Some characters look better than others” is key. My name is easily readable is just about any of the fonts listed here. But my fiancé’s name starts with a capital F and also has a z in it. Those are trickier. Figure out what you want to write with fonts and try those specific words!

  • font-love here. LOVE this series!

  • Riah

    Fonts may have been my single favorite part of wedding planning. I love love love the fonts I found.

  • Ariel

    I wish this post was around when I was wedding planning! I spent hours and hours and hours finding fonts and then stressing over fonts.

  • Alison M

    If anyone else is looking for free hand drawn ornaments (wreaths, ribbons, etc.), check out freepik.com – I’ve been looking around for a while and just hit the motherlode there today. (e.g. http://www.freepik.com/free-vector/calligraphic-ornaments-pack_762235.htm). I’m so psyched.

  • Stacy {Woodsy Weddings}

    These fonts are gorgeous if used correctly. It is nice to see that there are so many options for free fonts if you want to DIY your invites.

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  • Butterscotch83

    I love these fonts and downloaded the sverige. When I use it in Word the tops and bottoms of the letters are cut off. Does anyone know what settings I need to change?

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  • You can also find some beautiful ones at http://www.100bestweddingfonts.com ! :)

  • josef

    thanks a lot…they are uniquely beautiful:)-josef

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  • Ebloom

    Wow, I come looking for free script fonts for my Save the Dates and I’m touched and blown away by the great gender neutral names used to show off they typography. APW win again.

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