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Using Cursive On Wedding Invitations: Still A Good Idea?

Printing a wedding invitation that has the soon-to-be-married couple's name on it in a cursive, or handwriting-style, font, is a long-standing tradition. But as cursive lessons gradually disappear from and reappear in schools, the ability of people to read an invitation printed with a cursive font is no longer guaranteed. While this doesn't sound like a big deal, it is important because not being able to read an invitation leads to miscommunications and more time lost to clarifying information. However, all may not be lost, cursive-wise. Whether or not you decide to add cursive fonts to your invitations depends on your desire for style, your attendees' education, and of course, the readability of the font and ink to begin with.

Shiny Fonts and Inks

One factor that can make cursive invitations less readable for anyone is the combination of ink and font. A perfectly readable font can be rendered unreadable if skinny, shiny fonts and inks in colors such as silver are used on light paper. If you are set on using a shiny silver font or something similar, cursive may not be the way to go -- plainly printed letters may be better.


Cursive lessons used to be mandatory in schools because that's how a lot of writing was done, and children needed to learn how to do it and read it. In the past few years, though, cursive has been eliminated from the mandatory curriculum in many places. Some schools still taught it while others did not; although, some school districts are now adding it back into their curriculums. The result is that many younger people, even up to young-adult age, may not be as good at reading cursive as older people who had to learn it early on. (This is a real issue; for example, during a recent trial, a college-aged witness confessed that she couldn't read a letter written in cursive that she had dictated to someone else.) If you're unsure about the cursive reading skills of your guests, not using cursive, or at least using a font where the frilly aspect of cursive is minimized, may be best.


However, cursive writing is still considered elegant, and if readability isn't an issue for your guests and you want to have a refined air surrounding your wedding, the use of cursive could be perfect.

One compromise, as mentioned, is a font that is overall cursive but not very frilly, or one that uses cursive-style letters that are not connected. It's essential that you see a printed sample of your invitations before ordering the whole batch so that you can see if the font you chose is too dense, too spidery, too plain, or too something-else. Wedding planners can help you navigate the maze that is getting your invitations designed and printed so that your guests have all the information they need.