Post # 1
I’m going to design and print my programs, escort cards, and menus. I don’t have the greatest printer and wanted to know if anyone else designed their own paper products but had them printed somewhere else? I know FedEx/Kinkos does printing. Has anyone used them? How much was it? I’ve also used Vistaprint before too but wanted to know if anyone has used any other online services. Help, advice? I’m going the DIY route to save money but don’t want to spend a ton on printing!!
Post # 3
Hi there- I printed everything myself except my save the dates (which I did via vistaprint). I mostly used my own printer (have you tried yours? you might be surprised). The only thing I’m outsourcing is our programs because I designed them to print two to a page using 11×17 paper (which is too big for my printer). I called around to my local staples, office max, and kinkos for printing costs. I ended up choosing Staples because they’d print for 10 cents/page if I brought in my own paper (for just black/white, color would’ve been 49 cents/page). Office max was 18 cents/page (black and white)… can’t recall the color cost but it was more than Staples. Kinkos was the most expensive at around 30 cents/page (black/white) or over $1/page for color.
I’d say just call whatever is around you and ask about costs. Also see if you can bring in your own paper. I got mine on paperandmore.com so I could get pretty paper and wouldn’t be limited to what the office stores have.
Post # 4
I printed our programs and directions cards for OOT bags – our printer held up fine after printing hundreds of pages but we also werent using a lot of color so I don’t know if that makes a difference
Post # 5
WooHoo! Thanks, you just saved me some phone calls! I’ll still call my local stores but this gives me a really good idea of how much it’ll be. I had no clue so at least now I have a rough estimate.
I guess I’ll try my printer with good paper, I just don’t have a lot of patience for incompetent technology!! Thanks CorgiTales!
Post # 6
I was lucky in that my sister/maid of honor is a photographer/graphic designer, so she designed our save the date, program, escort cards, and menu card. We used Staples to print out our Save the Date and were really pleased with the quality and the price. We bought paper at a local paper store and my sister used her printer for the programs and menus. We then cut and folded them all. In the end, it worked out and I loved how everything came out.