(Closed) making my own RSVP.. HELP

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 4
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3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Well, it depends on how good you are at designing stuff.  I know Office 07 has “templates” you can use for this. 

I have no clue if Kinko’s does the designing, but the printing would work like this:

After you get the design done, save it as a .pdf or .doc file (they prefer pdf files) and you take it in on a cd or flash drive.  Tell them how many are on a page and you want it double-sided.  They do the rest.  Also, don’t forget that either you or THEY can/will need to cut the cards out.  That would be an extra charge PER CUT at Kinko’s. 

You’ll also have to tell them how many you’ll need.

oh, and here’s a tip: call around to other places (staples, UPS store, and Kinko’s).  I told the UPS store that Kinko’s was offering a better price and not only did they match it, they gave it to me at a better price.  if it saves you money, you win AND they win because they’re undercutting the competition.

Post # 6
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3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@lubinandjess: glad to help!  I WAS going to do a little “spell book” for the invites, but when we decided to get a house and a few other things this year, I decided to find a way to do things even cheaper, lol.  So that’s what I did. 

I called staples and kinko’s first and got price quotes, then called UPS store and did the “huh, so-and-so was cheaper” in an off-hand surprised tone.  The UPS store got the manager and gave me a better deal!!!!  might I suggest doing that? Wink

good luck!!!! 

Post # 7
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3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

oh! before I forget: vistaprint offers 100 free postcards that you can design the front and back.  You can do a full color front, black & white back using the front design as like a watermark, a plain white back with a small pic of the front in black and white, or just words. 

if you make two accounts (I know, totally dishonest, lol) you could get 200 free postcards, if you need more than 100 postcards. 

Just an idea for another option…. and a free one, at that!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Just FYI, I had lovely high quality RSVP cards with self-addressed, stamped envelopes and only about 20% of our invitees returned them. Most people emailed their reply, a few RSVPed on our website, and a few told us by phone. Perhaps reply cards are unecessary these days? They sure looked nice though!

Post # 11
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3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Are you good with programs like Photoshop or Corel Paint?  If so, here’s an idea:

Divide the page into 4ths.  Create your design on those 4ths.  Create the back using the same layout.  Include an extra envelope for these RSVP “cards”. 

It’s the easiest method I can think of to give you what you want.

You can download Gimp ( a free, light-weight version of Photoshop) or a trial version of photoshop (full version good for 30 days). 

Do the ones your ordering have ANYTHING already written on them?  If so, remember the fonts will probably be different between what’s on them and what you or someone else does…

Post # 12
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449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

An additional note to the DIY layout instructions you’re receiving, when you print something 4-up (four to a page) your inside margins must be twice that of your outside margins. So for example, if you have a 1/2″ margin outside left, right, top, and bottom, the space between your cards must be 1″. This doesn’t make sense to a lot of people, but if you want your text to be aligned or centered properly, it’s essential.

Post # 13
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3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Cant_wait: gah, I tried that and it still didn’t work when it did the duplex printing.  but my problem, I think, was the printer.  it doesn’t print to the very edge of the paper.  of course, I’m also using an IBM 40 beast that hates everyone and is on the ancient side, lol.

Post # 14
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449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

@Zinzerena: If you can set the printer to print “centered” instead of to the left or right edge that might help overcome that edge issue.

Post # 15
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3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Cant_wait: I tried EVERYTHING with the damned thing! LOL!  I finally gave up and decided to go with VistaPrint.  It was cheaper, anyway, lol.  That and I was lazy.  I know, I know, shame on me for being lazy!

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