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Wedding Singer™

By Monotype

George Ryan

With all its typographic versatility, Wedding Singer will be popular for a wide range of projects, from product brochures and restaurant menus to signage – and, of course, wedding invitations.

The Wedding Singer™ typeface was designed – and named – by the stepfather of the bride. Typographer George Ryan had volunteered to design his stepdaughter’s wedding invitation, and he wanted to use a special font for the occasion. Ryan recalls, “I was working on a new sans serif typeface at the time and realized that its italic might make a good foundation for a friendly, modern script. It didn’t take me too long to make the changes to the basic alphabet and both my stepdaughter and I were pleased with the results.”

Four years went by before Ryan revisited what was to become the Wedding Singer family. “I was searching my hard drive for a set of fonts, and I came across the characters I had made for the invitation. Seeing them again, I thought, ‘These could make a nice little typeface’.” Ryan’s typographic instincts are good – he has been a designer of typefaces and involved member of the typographic community for over three decades.

Ryan drew the character strokes of Wedding Singer virtually monotone in weight, with no thicks or thins to speak of. However, the distinctive character shapes, generous counters, and ample x-height ensure that Wedding Singer ranks high on the legibility scale. To give his design verve and versatility, Ryan created a suite of swash and alternate characters that is available in OpenType® format. The two-weight family is available as Pro fonts, allowing graphic communicators to use these designs while benefiting from OpenType’s capabilities. In addition to the swash and alternate characters that Ryan drew, OpenType Pro fonts provide for the automatic insertion of ligatures and alternate characters, and also offer an extended character set supporting most Central European and many Eastern European languages. “For the original invitation, I only needed 12 or 13 caps, the lowercase, a couple of punctuation marks and a few figures,” says Ryan. “Now there are now over 880 glyphs in each of the Wedding Singer weights.”