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Here’s a collection of my favorite calligraphy and wedding fonts with links to their sources so you can have a complete collection of fonts the next time you’re designing for weddings, ceremonies, stationery like graduation announcements, and more.

Some of the fonts are free, some are paid, but they’re worth your while!

Calligraphy and Wedding Fonts

Calligraphy comes from the Greek κάλλος kallos, meaning beauty, and γραφή graphẽ, meaning writing: literally, “beautiful writing.” What we recognize as calligraphy is historically considered to be Western calligraphy, which emerged around 600 BC in Rome. Various other forms of calligraphy, such as Slavic, East Asian, Indian, Persian, Nepalese, Tibetan, Islamic, and Maya, also exist.

The art of calligraphy is a dying breed; only a handful of calligraphers still exist in most cities. My mom is a professional calligrapher and taught me long ago how to hold a calligraphy pen. Typically, each calligrapher learns the popular/historical fonts, and they also create their own signature font, which they use regularly. Calligraphy is often found on diplomas, wedding announcements, graduations, awards, and as its own masterpiece in matted prints.

As calligraphy is often expensive, people have turned to digital replicas of the real thing. While I’m still a huge proponent of utilizing and employing local artisans, there are times when you need a digital calligraphic font for websites and other computerized art. So here are some of my favorite calligraphic fonts and other fonts that are perfect to use for weddings and other special occasions. But don’t take my word for it! Read on to find some great cool fonts.


Whitechapel BB Regular by Blambot




Lee Ann from Typadelic


Intima Script by Lián Types


Champion Script by Parachute


Beurre by Wilton Foundry


Arabesque by Scholtz Fonts

Simona by Autographis


Martina by TureBlue


Caramel Family by TypeSETit


Lisa Bella by Wiescher Design


Ability by Scholtz Fonts


Natalya Font by insigne


Nars by Eduardo Recife of Misprinted Type (if you don’t know already, he’s my hero)


Publius by Scriptorium


Lisa Fiore by Wiescher Design


Aphrodite by TypeSenses


Elisara by Autographis


Amazone by Bitstream


SG Bernhard Schoenschrift Pack from Elsner + Flake


Benevento by Scriptorium


Affable Complete Pack by Scholtz Fonts


Nelly Script by Tart Workshop


Ellida Complete Pack by Wiescher Design


Portfolio by Wilton Foundry


Monster Days, again, by the genius Eduardo Recife


Adagio Pro by profonts

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  1. Jason

    … I also find myself torn between the coffee shop and my dual monitor setup :)

  2. Cyndi Hall

    May I suggest ABR Viewer as an alternative to loading and trying each brush in Photoshop? It’s free, and I use it regularly. You may find this a great time-saving alternative!

    Hope it helps!

  3. Kendall

    Thanks for the referral, Cyndi! I’ll have to spend some time tonight trying it out.

  4. 4elves

    I love you to pieces man!!

  5. Lia

    I wished and wished for a Mac, then was given one at work.

    So I moved all my files over.

    I HATE it. I’m a designer. I have about 50 folders for 50 different projects. I name the banner psd “banner.psd” for all of them. Try and search for them all, yeah the Mac finds them but then you have to do “get info” for each one (or change some such setting and still click on each to see where the dang thing is located. On windows. I glanced at the path to the folder and voila. Yeah changing permissions on Vista is a headache but it’s far better than the constant problems I have on the Mac. Photoshop is twitchy at best, the thing crashes, although my Roku, PS3, Wii, personal laptop all do fine with my wirless, the mac drops it all the time. I use multiple monitors. Oh my god what idiot thought of leaving the application menu on one screen when the application is on another? You can only choose one little sprout because Steve Jobs knows better than you how you should work.
    can’t wait to ditch it.

    sorry tirade over.

    ps tons of free windows applications out there.

  6. Obcali

    Um… how about not naming all of your files the same name? Sounds more like an organizational issue than an operating system issue, either way.

    I might recommend using an identifier and THEN _banner.psd? I assume it’d be difficult to find photos as well if every picture on a drive had its own folder and was named “photo.jpg”.


  7. Russell

    Ok, so… I’m a total newbie to photoshop. I have CS5 and a brickton of brushes. I have tried renaming them, but they do NOT show up in the list like I want them to. I’ve played around with it for like a half hour. Can anyone please help?

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