Post # 1
Hi Ladies,For those of you that have made your own invitations. Are you using a inkjet or laser printer?
Any suggestions on either?
I think in general print quality on a laser is better. I’m thinking about investing in one before making our SaveTheDates and invitations and other paper items. Only if I can find a great deal though! =)
Post # 3
Unless you get a really super nice one, laser isn’t going to be perfectly accurate all the time. Ours is in the $399 retail range and it does a great job, not perfect, on mass prints. Ink jet will probably look more rich, but I don’t have the patience to change ink every 5 minutes, so we invested in a nice home office quality laser. Good luck!
PS: ours is a Lexmark C543DN – love it.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA
One thing to consider with laser… toner smears. 🙂 It is bound to happen with large print runs, and it can be very disappointing when you discover it long after you are done.
That being said… I love laser printouts (color & B+W), and the cost of inkjet cartridges can drive one batty!
Post # 5
I’m with the others as far as cost-benefit analysis. I think instead of buying one, I’d just take them to a print shop with your own paper–then you’re just paying for the toner necessary and using really nice machines. And if the prints don’t turn out great and they’re doing it for you, they have to redo it at their expense.
Or… Gocco/yudu it if you’re investing money in something! That would be fun, but a little bit of effort.
Post # 6
I would suggest USING a laser printer if you have details on your images, but not necessarily GETTING one (shops like Staples can print it for you for a lot cheaper than all that ink for an inkjet will be–see below). If you don’t want to do that, you can usually improve quality for prints for inkjet if you buy inkjet-specific paper (it holds the ink better so it doesn’t bleed and smear), however most places don’t sell these in cardstock, just the lighter-weight plain white paper.
If you don’t want to invest in a laser printer, you can get your STDs/invites printed at a Kinko’s, Staples, etc. They may not be able to print on paper you’ve pre-selected, though (ex. if it’s not letter/legal/ledger size, it won’t run through the industrial machines, and if it’s inkjet paper the coating can melt in a laser machine and ruin the fuser), but I know Staples has a selection of cardstock you can buy by the sheet in the copy centre, and one the shelf for as little as 25 sheets per package. : )
Post # 7
- Wedding: April 2010 - Signature Events
I’ve always had inkjets, and they’re so unpredictable–even when I’m printing simple text, I never know when something’s not gonna show up. FI has a laser printer, and I’m a fan! We’ve only printed addresses on it so far. I think we’ll get our actual invites, menus, etc. printed at a local shop, so I don’t mess it up. : )