I Fell In Love With a Font…

Fell in love at once and almost completely…

Ladies & Gents, I would like you to meet my new boyfriend (girlfriend?)

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Carolyna Pro Black by Emily Conners

I seriously want to write this entire post in this font, but I won’t.

I will explain how it came to pass that I went against my own rule and actually paid for a font. And it wasn’t even on sale or anything.

As you may know, there are plenty of gorgeous free fonts available for download. My favorite free site is DaFont, as I really love their collection of calligraphy fonts. I used Coneria Script to address our save the date envelopes, and it looked lovely.

Coneria Script, find it at DaFont

Coneria Script, find it at DaFont

Coneria Script is a little retro, a little fancy, and it worked so well to address the envelopes. For a minute, I considered it for our wedding invitation suite, but I was looking for something a little more…grand. Maybe if I hadn’t used it to address the envelopes…

Anyhow, it looking for wedding invitations, I came across these lovelies:

Calligraphy Script DIY Invite Quatrefoil by belletristics on Etsy

Calligraphy Script DIY Invite Quatrefoil by belletristics on Etsy

Designed by Becky King

Designed by Becky King

I was immediately totally smitten. Look at all the swirls! IT’S SO SWIRLY!! What IS THIS FONT? Clearly, these are all variations on the same font, but I had no idea which one, and searching through all the font websites did not sound enjoyable at all. Thank god there is What The Font?  All you have to do is screen capture the font, upload it to the site, and the bots figure out what you are looking for. Isn’t technology amazing? If for some reason, the robots fail you, there is also a (fascinating) forum where you can ask for help from actual humans. There is also an iPhone app, should you want to do a little sleuthing on the road.

Once What the Font told me I was looking for Carolyna Pro Black, I went off to download it. I was momentarily paused (ok, honestly, it was a three-day pause) while I mulled over spending $89 on a FONT. I successfully convinced myself that I will use this font for everything wedding related, and so far, it’s the truth.

Lovely Carolyna is the only font on our wedding invitation, and only one of two fonts in the whole invitation suite. I used it to make our ceremony programs and place cards. I also used to make various signage for the venue. And, I will be using this font to address our envelopes. Oh, and it’s our monogram and our return address stamp.

So, yeah, I feel like I’ve used it enough to justify the cost. Even though it wasn’t on sale.

Sometimes you just love something and have to have it.

I’ll show y’all our invitation suite after we’ve sent them, which won’t be for a while. But I promise I will show you!

Anyone else follow their heart on a wedding-related purchase? Anyone else obsessed with Carolyna Pro Black?

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9 Comments on I Fell In Love With a Font…

  1. 50Peach (@50peach)
    January 11, 2014 at 10:17 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh god… save the dates and invites are the next big thing after the dress and I’m already stressed. :/ You did yours yourself??? I wouldn’t even know how or where to start or what to do with a font once I bought it!

    I’m running away now. :)

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    • [email protected]
      January 11, 2014 at 10:20 pm (3 years ago)

      Ok god, no! I bought the font, and then hired someone from Etsy to design the invites. I did everything else myself, with said font. That ended up being: ceremony programs, escort cards, various signage, booklet for the welcome bag, and…that’s it. I think.

      My STD’s were from Minted.
      I have a lot of skills, but graphic design isn’t really one. :-)

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  2. Joanna
    September 20, 2013 at 10:54 am (3 years ago)

    I love this font too!! I actually just used it to do my wedding invitations and envelopes. Lucky enough for me, I was able to download it for free!

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    • Donna
      October 24, 2013 at 3:43 pm (3 years ago)

      Where did you get a free download for this font? I have looked everywhere..

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      • thatbridesgotmoxie
        November 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm (3 years ago)

        Hi Donna,

        I didn’t find it for free, I purchased it at full price. The designer and owner of the font, Emily Line, goes to great lengths to shut down any free download of her work that may be out there on the internet. If you like her work, support the designer by buying her work. She has bills to pay too! :-)

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  3. Mindy
    May 22, 2013 at 10:43 am (3 years ago)

    It’s so pretty! I love it. I have a tough time paying for fonts, too, since there are so many free versions out there, but I think you made a smart decision. $89 is still waaaaay cheaper than having all that stationery pro-made.

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    • thatbridesgotmoxie
      May 22, 2013 at 5:26 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks! Looking at the big picture, yes, I think I made a good call buying the font. But it was tough to take out the credit card that day. :-)

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  4. Corinda Bravo
    May 22, 2013 at 10:29 am (3 years ago)

    It is VERY pretty! I am always on the lookout for great fonts ( I love designing my own cards!). But I have yet to pay for one. Good Choice!

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    • thatbridesgotmoxie
      May 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm (3 years ago)

      This was the first font (and maybe the last?) that I will ever pay for! :-)
      Thanks!

      Reply

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