Post # 1
Just wanted to record my experience here in case anyone else is looking for an online printer!
I had looked for a while for a place to print my invitations but kept feeling that it was ending up being a lot more $$ than I wanted to pay. I did all the design stuff myself and ended up with the following pieces:
110 4×6 flat cards
110 5×7 flat cards
110 5×3.5 post cards, printed front and back
150 4.25×5.5 folded thank you cards with A2 envelopes
75 4.25×2.25 flat cards (for the alternative guestbook!)
Two colors, digital printed on white linen card stock, 110 lb weight.
Most local printers were giving me quotes of around $700 for this work! Perhaps that is the going price for printing, but I felt kind of annoyed having to pay upwards of $5 per invite when I had done all of the design myself. So after reading some recommendations on these boards I decided to try CatPrint.
Their online menu allows you to choose whatever size you want, paper type, and however many of each item you want. I opted to have hard copy proofs mailed to me and I received them in two days. There were some problems with my bleed lines though, so I resubmitted two of the files and asked for another hard copy proof. Again, it came in only two days! The only issue I had with this process is that you can’t edit your order directly; you have to email the company after you receive your proofs and request that they make the changes for you.
I ended up with a very nice heavy linen cardstock and the colors look great. Originally I had included A7 envelopes in my order but I deleted them after I got the proofs because they were just business quality envelopes, not heavy linen to match the print (which unfortunately they do not offer!). I kept the thank you card envelopes but ended up ordering A7 linen envelopes from a different company (envelopemall).
The total cost was approximately $250, including shipping. My 10 lb box of paper showed up at my door approximately 1 week after I email the final acceptance on the proofs. I hope this post is helpful to anyone considering using this website!!
Post # 3
That’s a great price! Thanks for sharing! I had the same problem as you, I did all the design work but still got crazy prices for just the printing. I ended up printing them myself I got so frustrated! I hope your post helps another bride!
Post # 4
i couldn’t agree with you more! catprint was awesome. my friend designed our invitation suite, which i sent to catprint to have printed. i just got my proofs in the mail, 2 days after i ordered them and they look amazing! i also had wonderful prompt customer service. also, be sure to ask for their printed sample packet, which they were more than willing to send for free (unlike some other companies i contacted).
i had printed:
110 5×7 color full-bleed invites
110 3.5×4.8 color full-bleed RSVP cards
110 5×7 front and back color printed maps
all on their lux cotton paper and all for $200 with shipping
i get my invites in a week and i’m really looking forward to it!
Post # 5
I also agree on CatPrint! I’ve only used them so far for our Save the Date Postcards, but customer service was so helpful in helping me with the order and even suggesting a better option for the paper – one-sided glossy. Of course!
I was already planning on going with them for our invitations, and now I’m even more convinced! We
We didn’t have any proofs made for the postcards (the imagine is slightly off-centered), but that’s my error, not there’s. But I will definitely have proofs made of our invitations!
Post # 6
i just got my invitations back from Catprint. The printing is good but I wish I had ordered proofs because our blacks aren’t consistant from piece to piece. The worst thing about it was that a couple of each set have heavy creases, probably from the cutting mechanism. Be sure you order extras if you go with Catprint. The good news is they’re beautiful! I ordered their most expensive paper, the cotton texture, and it was definitely worth it to me. They look more expensive than they were. They shipped super fast. I ordered on Wednesday and even though I selected 7 day shipping they shipped on Thurs and got here today (Tues). I placed the order and 4 hours later emailed them to make a correction but they already printed! (I now have to get them trimmed .25 inches on each side from a print shop, but that’s totally my fault!) So for all you DIY brides out there, I can recommend Catprint but give yourself time and order proofs.
Post # 7
Should you order proofs for every different piece? And how do you deal with the bleed thing? I don’t exactly know what it means and had some confusion on their site about it too. I am using illustrator.