Lost in a Font Fog?

Are you overwhelmed with all the different options when it comes to choosing a script font for your invitations?

You're definitely not the first, and you're definitely not alone!

Choosing fonts for your invitations can be a difficult task, to say the least. So today's post offers you some gorgeous selections of script fonts.

I've chosen two of our most popular types of script fonts for you to see today: Elegant/Classical, and Whimsical/Lovely. Each has their own place, and are equally stunning. To see examples of wedding invitations using these fonts, head on over to annelizabeth.com.

Elegant and Classical:

First up is Burgues Script. This font is incredibly beautiful on wedding invitations because of the graceful swirls called, "swashes" that extend from the letters.

Next is Edwardian Script. This is such a classic-looking font, you can't go wrong!

Bickham Script is what you see in the example below. This is a nice font if you're looking for beautiful swashes like you see in Burgues Script, but a little toned down.

Our next example is called Adios Script. This script font is the perfect marriage of playfulness and elegance. It's so versatile that it can be used for informal and formal wedding invitations alike.

PF Champion Pro is similar to Bickham Script, but is a little more free-flowing. I'm pretty sure it's impossible for you to go wrong with this one!

Whimsical and Lovely:

Next up is Feel Script, which is a nice hybrid between classy and cute. It comes off as a little more casual, but paired with the right block font, it could be used for a more formal invitation if you chose it.

The next two script fonts are from the same family. The first is Carolyna: a super-cute, hand-written-esque font. We love the look of this one paired with a floral paper. So pretty!

Second is Carolyna Pro Black. It's Carolyna's thicker twin. We love this font and how it is playful and elegant, kinda like Paris.

Last but certainly not least is the lively Jacque & Gilly. This font is dainty and feminine, and looks AMAZING when printed with Letterpress. Love.

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Graphic Credit:

Burgues Script, Adios Script, PF Champion Pro, Feel Script, Carolyna, Carolyna Pro Black, and Jacque & Gilles graphics come from their respective pages on MyFonts.com. Each photo links to that page.


Demolition Therapy: Bigger is better!

Have you ever wanted to take a sledge hammer to a wall?

We did... Check us out! 

Ann, showing us how it's done!

Ruth, ya gotta keep your eye on the prize! Good work, though.

The demo is always messier on the other side...

Dave, our handy-dandy demo man.

We are smack-dab in the middle of a killer remodel project here at Ann Elizabeth.

If you've been to our studio, you'll remember our meeting space being right there as you come in the door. No more! It will now be around the corner where Ruth's reception area was. We're swapping those two spaces, and knocking out a wall that stood behind Ruth's desk in order to make room for... (drumroll, please!)

OUR FABULOUS NEW SHOWROOM!

We are SO excited for this new space we're creating! It will be the perfect area for showcasing our collection of invitations and meeting with our clients. We hope our new showroom will inspire our brides to create the invitation ensemble of their dreams.

Estimated completion date is in a few weeks. We'll send sneak-peeks, don't worry.

Did we mention how ecstatic we are about this project?? We hope you are, too.

In fact, we'd love your opinions on what to include in our showroom! Conversation area? Mini bar? Please weigh in and leave a comment below! We're here to please.

Here's to demolition and new creative spaces!


Solving the "Adults Only" dilemma

You're engaged to the love of your life, and you've started to plan your big day.

You've got ideas for colors, centerpieces, flowers, favors, and more. Your pinterest account is overflowing with wedding inspiration boards. It's all you think about, day and night.

Everyone you ever knew (and lots of people you don't) will be at your reception. This is huge, and you're starting to feel the gravity of it all. This is your first day together as a married couple, and you want to start it off just right: with a gorgeous reception. Only kicker is- you have loads of people you would like to be there... just not their children. Nothing against kids or anything; it's just that you know you (and you're mother in-law alike) will have a heart attack at the sight of little Tommy dipping his fingers in the cake. We don't blame you!

We love kids, but a lot of times weddings aren't the best place for them to play.

If you're in this boat, you're probably concerned at what others will think of your decision to not have children at your wedding/reception. Some will support you in it, but some will have strong opinions against it (and won't hesitate one bit to share them with you). You'll have to be ready for that.

So the question is, how do you break the news that the little dears aren't invited?

This is a concern for many brides, and I'm happy to clear this up for you.

You'll be glad to hear that there are a few different ways this can be accomplished while maintaining formality and respect. Both good!

Go the traditional route

Traditionally, those who are addressed on the inner envelopes are those who are invited to the event. A problem with that is that tradition is slowly diminishing over time, and many brides these days don't have inners envelopes- just outers. And you and I both know that a lot of people disregard who an envelope is precisely addressed to. It's a piece of mail, and they're anxious to open it; the envelope ends up in the trash.

It's all in the wording

Many brides are concerned that it's tacky to mention "Adults Only" anywhere on your main invitation. Our answer to that is: it all depends on how you say it. If you were to flat out say, "Adults only," you can bet your boots that will come off as offensive to many, so make sure to check out our examples below.

RSVP round up

Check out these examples from a couple invitations we did recently. These are options we recommend to make it clear, without question, that only a limited number of guests are anticipated.

Examples

 

 

Consider this...

If leaving the kids out is out of the question, but you're still concerned they'll be a nuisance, an option is to offer a babysitting service at your reception. Plan fun activities to occupy the children's hands and minds, like a photobooth, crafts (so many great kids' crafts can be found on Pinterest), etc. The Knot has some great suggestions in this article for some ways to keep the kiddos busy.

There are various options for every event; if your event happens to be formal enough that kids would be a distraction, by all means, feel free to request that they stay at home.

Keep in mind that a great wedding maintains the balance between the comfort of the guests and the wants of the bride and groom. You know better than anyone how the event should go, so make it happen!

What's next?

You're most likely wondering what to do next. If you're still undecided, I would suggest doing some more research on options for you. Each wedding is different, so you have to be the one to really do some feeling around and see what's right for your event.

Chances are you're not quite sure whether or not your guests would cringe at the idea of a children-free event (or visa versa). Ask them! Don't hesitate to get feedback from a few choice people you trust. Visit with your spouse-to-be and see what they think. You two will decide together, and between you and me, your guests will deal.

Last, but certainly not least, don't stress! Your day will turn out great, and you'll look back on it with fond memories. Good luck and let us know if you have any questions!

-- Dana and The Ann Elizabeth Team

PS, make sure to share this with your friends! We know you know someone who could benefit from this.


How to Create a Gorgeous Wedding Invitation

"What's the big deal about designing wedding invitations? Can't I just do it myself?" This is a question we know many brides ask as they start planning their weddings-- especially if said bride is on a budget. This post was designed to outline the basics of all that wedding invitation design entails and help you answer that ever-burning question: "Can't I just do it myself?".

Keep in mind this is a very simple outline, and that with each of these steps come different issues and intricacies that make the job a bit more difficult than one might imagine. Headaches like this are why we (Ann Elizabeth) exist: to alleviate your stresses in wedding invitation design. We know how stressful wedding planning can be, so if there's any chance we can ease that for you we'll take it!

Hopefully that list hasn't scared you, but made you more aware of the different steps necessary for wedding invitation design and proper etiquette. Custom design is an excellent option if you aren't feeling too keen on tackling all of this yourself, and you've most definitely come to the right place for custom: Ann Elizabeth.

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Here are some handy links for you to check out:

Wedding invitation wording guide

Choosing a printing technique