Post # 1
I have decided that I want to make my own STDs and inviations and have a started to design some on Word but I’m not sure how I will print them all off. I do have a nice printer but since our wedding colors are black and white, a lot of the invites are black and my printer won’t print a smooth black.
Did anyone else design their own invites and how did you print them off? If you printed them somewhere besides at home, can you let me know where you went?
Thanks so much!
Post # 3
I’m in the process of doing this now. I decided to have the invite and rsvp printed at a local print shop. The other pieces that go in the invite I’m having printed at Staples on their laser printers. I think it’s $.08 per page for black and white if you supply your own paper. I haven’t seen the final results yet, but I did a test run on a laser printer and it looked much nicer than my home printer.
Post # 4
We printed our Save the Dates on our ink jet printer at home. We printed 4 up on an 8.5×11 sheet of paper and I cut them at work. I work for a printing company, so I am having my invites printed there. I would recommend designing your artwork in Illustrator, only because microsoft is notorious for their font substitutions. So if you end of sending your art to get printed somewhere else then that might be a problem. I would check your local Kinkos to see if they would be able to do some laser prints for you. Hope that helps.
Post # 5
We printed our Invitations, RSVP cards and direction cards at catprint.bz. We put the order in on Thursday and when I got home today the box was waiting for me at the front door. (Even though the expected delivery date was 6/9, I got them 6/3)! The quality was great, and we are now ready to assemble. They are SOOOO affordable too. For 200 invitations and directions (5"x5"), and 100 rsvp cards (3.5" x5"), we spent about $60!
Post # 6
I bought my paper from http://www.paperandmore.com and had them printed at Office max for $.08 a sheet! I used Microsoft Publisher to actually design my STDs and Invitations and all the other stuff so far! If not Word can work! The Lazer printing comes out much smoother and won’t smudge vs. a standard home inkjet printer. Oh and fyi office max will cut those pages for you! They’ll cut the paper in reems and they charge like $1 a cut per reem!
Post # 7
I had save the date postcards printed and cut at Kinkos. They have many options for recycled content cardstock, which is nice (my fiance thought it was a little thin for postcards, but I think it’s okay). The print quality was really nice too, clear, good color. Maybe a little pricey though, at least for the cardstock (I think other paper types are less expensive) – $2.48 per 8.5"x11" sheet (there are small discounts for higher quantities), and cuts were $1.49 per cut for the whole stack. I’ll probably shop around some more for printing the invitations.
Post # 8
I made all of our stationary. For the Save the Dates, I used a photo of us on his motorcycle and did a scrapbook looking postcard in I think MS Picture It. I printed one really clear copy at home and then duplicated them on card stock at Kinkos 4 per page. If my printer weren’t as great as it were I’d have brought the file in on a flash drive and have them print them directly from that.
Our Invitations were simple. A fleur di lis motif, and a crisp black border on light blue paper. We designed them on MS Publisher, they were 5 X 7 so I printed them 2 per page and used a paper cutter to slice them. I had put in cut marks… the RSVP card were postcards… so one side had my parents address and the other our motif, the same border and the verbage accept/decline etc….. The directions to the church we printed 4 per page on ivory card stock.
Presently, I’m working on making the Rehersal Dinner Invites since my future MIL lives out of state and I’m going to send them out. I think I’ll just do a simple graphic and wording….
The Programs I’ve designed and they are like 10pgs…since I printed the entire service out w/readings, etc. I have a vellum overlay with our Names, then the Fleur di lis on the top page… we’ll print those pages but the inside pages I’m going to print one copy and then have kinkos do the rest… I have ribbon and charms as embelishments.
Don’t fool yourself into thinking that 1) DIY is less expensive — since that’s not always the case 2) DIY doesn’t take tons of time. — I’m a homemaker and I’ve been working on different aspects of the wedding for nearly a year. i made all of our favors and a bunch of other decorations, etc….
Post # 9
FH and I printed out our save the date postcards from our home computer and printer. We bought postcard paper from staples (it came in a pack of 200 postcards, I think 6 per sheet?) and printed a picture of us on one side & did the info. on the other side with the stamp. They are black & white (the new postcard stamps are cute little fruit stamps). We mailed them out monday and have gotten several calls from people who got them, so they were a success!
We are in the process of printing all the other stationary. Our colors are ivory, brown, and gold. The invitations, reply card, direction card are all ivory cardstock. The invitations are flat cards, not folded ones, and we are going to print them in brown ink, and use brown ribbon at the top. The programs are also going to be one long cardstock sheet, about the size of the invitations but longer, like 10 inches. These will all match, as well as the placecards, menus, and table numbers.
I might also do some kind of stamp on the programs instead of using ribbon. We want them to be simple but elegant.
It’s fun making these, too.
Post # 10
I’m in the same boat as mel15brk … just now trying to figure this stuff out. Can anyone post pictures of their DIY STDs/invites or direct me to a GOOD page with lots of ideas? I need inspiration! (=
Post # 11
I had my brother do all my invites and then I just uploaded the PDFs to Vista Print. To print 100 sets of 6 x 9 invites, RSVP card, map card, Thank you card and a photo business card, and all envelopes it was only $220. They did a great job on the linen finish!