Post # 1
I am just starting out on my attempt to DIY all my paper stuff. First on the list is save the dates! I am very experienced with illustrator and photoshop, the problem is the printing, about which I know absolutely nothing. I have looked at online paper stores, but I have no idea how to proceed with the printing. Do people typically order the paper, then print themselves on home printers? And then cut them by hand? Or do you have the paper company cut them and then set your printer to do a custom size? Can an average home laser printer handle something like 80lb cardstock?
Any opinions on whether at-home printing was a cost savings over a copy shop? I gather you purchase the paper yourself either way, is that correct?
So many questions! Would appreciate any advice 🙂 BTW, this is for flat printing on cardstock, not pocketfolds or anything super fancy.
Post # 3
You can order the paper, cut or not pre-cut, and print it at home, OR take it to kinko’s, staples/office depot, the ups store etc and get it printed via laser printer OR use a gocco/yudu to screenprint. Hope that helps!
Post # 4
Oh, or you could print STDs using VistaPrint, including making them into postcards or just regular printing. But you don’t supply your own paper then, they do. They have excellent sales if you sign up for the email though!
Post # 5
I don’t think printing at home is worth it. In the end it might save on cost, though I can’t give you comparables, it is so stressful and a huge hassle. Plus with the wear and tear on your printer and the cartridges and cartridges of ink you will no-doubtedly go through I don’t see the pros (unless you have a real nice expensive printer that is known for this type of thing – HP has some real good printers).
Post # 6
- Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill
If you’re going to put time and effort into designing your pieces, I’d say have them commercially printed. You’ll want them to look as good in hand as they do on the screen! I know that there’s no way my home printer would have been about to compete with the quality of what my local printshop provided (flat printing). It wasn’t terribly expensive, either.
As for the paper, keep in mind that places like FedEx Office/Staples won’t print on anything smaller than 8.5" x 11". If you go that route, layout your pieces to fit that size paper, then plan on trimming later. (Those places can also do that for you.)
A local mom & pop printshop (like the one I used), will probably have more flexibility with custom sized papers. It’s always a good idea to check, though, before making your paper purchase.
Post # 7
I think 80LB cardstock is right on the border of printable or not on a standard home printer. You can’t put too heavy weighted stocks through a home printer, they aren’t made to handle it. It’s much better to have it printed professionally, and have them cut them down to size than to print and cut them yourself. Trust me you do NOT want to cut your invitations yourself if you plan on keeping your sanity. It is so tedious if you do it right. You can get 2 invites to a sheet of 8.5×11, and kinkos will cut a whole stack of carstock for just $1 a cut.
Also, print first, cut second. It’s much easier that way.
If you go with Kinkos/minute press/etc and you have a special paper you want to use, bring them the paper.
If you use a commercial printer/print shop, let them order the paper. They get a discount with the paper suppliers.
Post # 8
I think it completely depends on the size of your wedding. We are only having 22 people, so 12 invites was a small enough number it was worth me designing, printing and stamping all of the stationary. And actually, everywhere that I looked for traditional wedding invites comes in lots of 50 or 100, so it wouldn’t have been worth it for me at all. I was able to print a lot of my invitation text on a metallic-like cardstock that I could quickly sprinkle embossing powder on (directly off the printer before it dried) to give it the raised text look/feel. I also stamped them for the main design, again embossing those. I also made envelope liners for my store-bought envelopes to tie them into the invitations.
You can semi-DIY by buying a pretty invite paper/envelope kit from a craft store (or OfficeMax), that you can run through your printer to add the details to. Often times these papers will have foil stamps, raised (or pressed) embossed, or other pretty decorations on it already.