13 of the best pretty fonts to glam up your projects

A sample of Beautiful Things, one of the best pretty fonts

Pretty fonts may sound like quite a subjective category of typography, but our picks below have a few things in common. They're generally light and delicate, with personality and a touch of whimsy. And they're perfect for invitations, flyers, ads and anyone inspired by the new Barbie movie.

Many of the best pretty fonts that we've selected below are handwriting fonts, but we've also have a nice clean sans serif in there and a couple of more novelty fonts. These are premium fonts so they do have a charge for professional use, but we've included options for a range of budgets. If you're looking solely for free fonts, make sure you check our list of the best free fonts.

The best pretty fonts for your projects

01. Barbie Doll

Barbie doll font, one of the best pretty fonts

A cute Barbie font for the current craze (Image credit: Yoga Letter)

Want to join the Barbiecore craze around the new Barbie movie? The Barbie Doll font from Indonesian type designer Isroni Yoga Prasetya is on trend for that Barbie logo look. The handwriting font has some heart-shaped embellishments for an extra dose of cuteness. It's clearly not a font to use too often, but if you're aiming for that pretty-in-pink look, it may do the job for you. It could be ideal for social media use or invites to baby showers and the like. The font includes 248 glyphs. Pricing starts at $18.

02. Viva Beautiful

A sample of Viva Beautiful, one of the best pretty fonts

Make the most of Viva Beautiful's alternates and ligatures for a hand-painted vibe (Image credit: Cultivated Mind)

Starting off our list of pretty fonts is Viva Beautiful, a hand-painted brush script. It's available in two script styles (Regular or B) and an all caps font, and both scripts come in a basic or pro version. The pro versions include OpenType alternates and common ligatures that you can use to give your work a realistic hand-drawn look, and the entire set is designed with fashion, beauty products, food, apparel and magazines in mind; get the whole set now for £61.48.

03. Quiche Sans

Pretty fonts: Quiche Sans

Quiche Sans is based on serif didone fonts, but without the serifs

We love the look of Adam Ladd's Quiche Sans; it's inspired by the elegance of serif didone fonts with their extreme thicks and thins, but it's designed without the serifs and with tapered stroke endings to create a uniquely modern and sophisticated look. It comes with many useful OpenType features including multiple stylistic alternates, swash capitals and ligatures, and the full set of 14 fonts can be yours for £66.99.

04. Carolyna Pro Black

Pretty fonts: Carolyna Pro Black

Be sure to use Carolyna Pro Black with OpenType friendly applications

This handwritten calligraphy font has a touch of charm about it thanks to its characterful swashes and thick brush strokes. Carolyna Pro Black comes with over 1,000 characters and stylistic alternatives, and is available to download for £60.99.

05. Mulberry

Pretty fonts: Mulberry

Mulberry is a more slender calligraphy font alternative

Looking for a calligraphy set with a bit more variety? Meet Mulberry, another stylish font with a handwritten finish. Mulberry comes as a group of six fonts that cover a whole array of different styles and ligatures. What's more, you can download them all now for $58.

06. Hollyhock

Pretty fonts: Hollyhock

Hollyhock has a whimsical messy finish

The first few fonts have been lovely and neat, but if you're after something a little more rambunctious, be sure to give Hollyhock a whirl. This typeset is on the slipshod end of the pretty spectrum, and there's always the option to switch between the wild and tame letter styles. Download these rebellious letterforms for £22.99/$32.

07. Saturday Script

Pretty fonts: Saturday Script

Celebrate the good things in life with Saturday Script

Describing itself as "a care-free, handwritten script with authentic tell-tale dry brush imperfections", Saturday Script is a stylish set that celebrates all the good things in life. (It's named after the best day of the week after all.) With two sets of extra alternate lowercase letters. Saturday Script can be yours for just $18.

08. Flowertype

Pretty fonts: Flowertype

Talk about flower power

What could be more pretty than a field of flowers? How about a font set that's made up of hundreds of little flowers and petals? That's exactly what you get with the sensibly named Flowertype, a typeset that realises letters, numbers and symbols with tiny pieces of foliage. Pick up Flowertype today for the reduced price of £37.98.

09. Azoe

Pretty fonts: Azoe

Azoe is a characterful font that stays easy to read

Azoe is a stylised handwriting font that keeps a sense of character but crucially makes it easy to read. This set comes with extended characters, plus Western European diacritics and ligature. Available as two sets (standard and bold), you can grab all the Azoe fonts for the reduced price of £37.98.

10. Maris

Pretty fonts: Maris

You get a lot for your money with Maris

There are 36 fonts in total in the Maris font family, so there are plenty of pretty styles to choose from in this typeface alone. Underpinning all of these fonts, though, is a richness, elegance and subtlety. Perfect for custom headlines and logotypes, the whole cornucopia of Maris fonts can be yours to download for £100.98.

11. Daft Brush

Pretty fonts: Daft Brush

Daft Brush has a stylish and contemporary attitude

Time to move away from the quaint and handwritten pretty fonts, and to meet a typeset loaded with summer vibes. That's right, Daft Brush is a versatile font with four alternatives for each letter, and thanks to its smooth shape and textured finish, it just screams summertime fun. Snap up both fonts in this set for just £25.99.

12. Selfie

Pretty fonts: Selfie

Selfie achieves its elegance with a purity of form

This connected, sans serif font is based on vintage signage scripts found in Galerías in Buenos Aires. Favouring an elegant shape over different brush thicknesses usually found in pretty calligraphy fonts, Selfie includes five styles that you can download for £66.99.

13. Sorvettero

Pretty fonts: Sorvettero

This cute and fun font is perfect for packaging

Another font family based in signage, Sorvettero is a sans serif, layered and unicase typeface that's ideal for logos, packaging and signage, or whatever else your imagination can bring to life. The family includes six different styles for £47.99.

For more font options, see our pick of the best wedding fonts, fancy fonts and the perfect font pairings.

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Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.

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