Script fonts are based on handwriting, and as such they have more variation and fluidity than typeset fonts. They can be casual or formal.
Tangerine is a calligraphic typeface inspired by italic chancery hands from the 16th and 17th centuries.
The Sacramento typeface is monoline script inspired by hand lettering work in brochures from the 50s and 60s
Oleo is a flowly script typeface perfect for a casual lettering effect, suitable for headlines and packaging.
Most formal script fonts are based on letterforms from 17th and 18th century writing masters. It can be very technologically challenging to get script fonts to join up and look like real handwriting.
Script fonts can be difficult to read if they are too small or if they’re crammed together in wall-to-wall text blocks. They are ideally suited for ceremonial documents like diplomas or invitations.
Even free script fonts have lots of variation: Lobster is blocky and bold, Pacifico is loopy and rounded, and Tangerine is more typically classic and elegant. Choose the script that fits you best!
It’s probable that the wedding industry is the single biggest user of script fonts. Save the date cards, invitations, menus, place cards, and even titles on wedding websites often use script fonts.