Post # 1
We had our engagement photos professionally done + are planning to use a few of the images for our save the dates. I’d like to do a postcard save the date but want to use thicker paper, almost cardboard-like.
First, does anyone know how thick I can go for a postcard and what is acceptable? Any good sites or craft stores out there with thicker cardstock? I’m thinking of taking them to Kinko’s to have them professionally printed but I’m just not sure whats best.
Post # 3
Essentially it has to go through their stamp cancellers which probably could not handle something as thick as cardboard for a postcard. They would need to cancel those stamps by hand, it sounds like. I’m not sure if that costs more though.
If you have a sample of paper you want to use, I would swing by the post office from which you would mail them and ask. Better to find out ahead of time if it’s going to be a problem, before you spend money/time (and trees!) getting something printed that won’t work.
Post # 4
I probably sound like a broken record on here but I got the idea from Mrs. Deviled Egg to use the paper from watercolor pads http://www.amazon.com/Watercolor-Paper-Block-Pads-11X15/dp/B0019IMXKC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=office-products&qid=1243539425&sr=8-1 When I cut it I can print it on my inkjet at home and it seriously has such nice texture. It is thicker too for sure so maybe would work for you, but its not too thick for the post office machines. Good luck!
Post # 5
Yes, ask the PO about the weight of the paper and some other stuff. You can probably buy the printable postcards, too.
Vistaprint does cheap printing. My friend did magnets and they were so cute!
Post # 6
If you go with Vistaprint sign up for their mailing list. They always have deals where you get "100 free postcards." This is what we did with our save the dates, got 250 (don’t need that many…) for $40, including shipping. It’s a steal! If you do standard postcards postage is now 28 cents, and there’s no $.28 stamp yet, so unless the PO prints one soon we’ll have to use a $.27 and a $.01 stamp… oh well. You win some and loose some, right?