Cursive writing is increasingly rare – unless you’re talking about weddings. It turns out cursive script is a leading choice for printed wedding materials because of its nostalgic romantic associations.

The white wedding was popularized by Queen Victoria in 1840, when she wore a white satin and lace gown for her wedding ceremony. Before Victoria’s bold move, most brides simply wore the best dress in their wardrobes. So the tradition, while not that deeply rooted in history, expresses nostalgia and the drive to replicate the rituals of the past, bringing them forward in landmark life events like weddings.

In that spirit, cursive writing seems a perfect match for a traditional wedding, white or otherwise. Let’s talk about these cursive creations and how to personalize your wedding in thoughtful ways by using them!

A World of Typefaces

Look online and you’ll find hundreds of cursive wedding typefaces to choose from. Flowing cursive text, with its elegant loops, and whispers of style, elegance, and thoughtfully considered details, evokes elegance and luxury. People immediately recognize a cursive typeface as a signal that your wedding is well-curated and traditionally oriented.

On-trend wedding suppliers offer a wide range of customized wedding favors in cursive text. Choosing to purchase these ensures the consistent quality of your cursive creations. And they’ll all be in the same typeface, which is ideal because there’s nothing more jarring than mismatched typefaces. They can ruin the graceful effect of cursive script. The same typeface on all the materials you’re preparing for your wedding creates a consistent, formal look.

Next, let’s move on to the items you can apply cursive script to and how to use them to personalize your wedding.

Invitations

Your invitations take on a patina of high style when they’re printed in cursive. But make them even more glorious by choosing a large format style in heavy cardstock. Or imagine gold-foiled vellum being the medium for a cursive creation invitation. However you choose to word the invitation, make sure the presentation is attention-grabbing.

A wedding invitation that’s well-presented and beautifully printed is a keepsake for your guests but it’s also a memory for you. Choose to have them printed or make them yourself. Either way, you want your invitation to be intriguing enough that your guests are eager to open it first!

Labels

A party favor bag with the word “Welcome!” inscribed in cursive script is a good start. But add a label to an item in the bag — or to the bag itself — and it’s a customized, thoughtful detail, personalizing your wedding.

The labels you choose may be customized with the names of the bride and groom and the date or simply say “Thank you for celebrating with us!” This small detail can elevate a simple favor bag to a uniquely sweet way to thank your guests.

Signs

Signs

Signs are an aspect of weddings too often lost in the frantic shuffle of wedding preparations. But they’re crucial. Often wedding guests arrive at the reception venue and just drift around, not knowing what they’re supposed to be doing or where they’re supposed to be going.

Signs eliminate the confusion, adding a friendly written prompt that guests appreciate. To make your guests feel welcome and cared for, these signs are indispensable:

  • Welcome!

The welcome sign should really be a banner that hangs over the door to your reception space. It might simply say “Welcome!” or “Welcome to our wedding!” Get creative with a clever greeting or add the names of the happy couple. Alternatively, place your sign on a large, sturdy sign holder on one side of the entrance.

  • Seating Signs and Place Cards

For your seating plan, your place cards in cursive script are reminiscent of gentler times when hosts and hostesses carefully plotted out where guests would sit in relation to others. This practice ensures everyone’s comfortable sitting with a group of people they can truly enjoy the event with.

But to really go the extra mile, post a seating chart at the front of the hall, letting people know where they’re sitting. Add a sign over the chart that says, “Find your table and seat.”

The chart should feature the table number (indicated by a sign on each table in a standing card holder or other decor item), with the names of people seated there. When your guests arrive at their table, they simply find their place card! This step keeps everyone moving in the right direction.

Place Cards

  • Wedding Party Gifts

We’ve already touched briefly on favors, mentioning gift bags and labels. But you can take your cursive creations even further in this area, with something special for your wedding party. Here’s where the bride and groom can join forces in your wedding personalization efforts!

Handwritten notes (preferably in cursive script) for the members of your wedding party is an extra touch that speaks volumes about your appreciation for these ride-or-die friends. Choose blank cards for this purpose, or even postcards featuring a photo of you two, with space for a message on the back!

  • Guest Book

Situating your guest book in a prominent place is not enough. People tend to fly right by the guest book if it’s not clearly indicated so make it easily accessible and hard to miss.

Place your guest book where it won’t be overlooked. I suggest the entrance, right before wedding guests walk through the door, with a friendly sign asking that they record their names in the book. Once people enter the venue, they’re milling around, socializing, or getting a drink, so catch them before they get into party mode! And understand this: while video guest books can be fun, they have their pitfalls. A traditional guest book is a safe bet!

Cursive writing brings an elegant, nostalgic touch to your wedding, reminding guests of tradition, the poignant passage of time, and weddings past. Add the high romance of cursive creations to your special day, personalizing it thoughtfully.