(Closed) Printing invites at home… what kind of printer?

posted 9 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

How heavy is the paper you ordered?  A standard home injet printer will only take up to 20 pound paper. Not heavy at all by the way

You might want a Cricut or Gocco. It’ll probably get you farther with DIY stuff. I wish I had bought one! 

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I used papersandmore but it was so heavy that i had to have it done at Office Depot

It’s only 75 cents a page to print there….you might just want to do that. The laser printers print cleaner than inkjets (home) printers. And it won’t bleed, either. Sometimes cardstock (like mine) is so smooth if you touch it it just makes a smeary mess. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

i printed a few sheets of my invitations Paper Source cardstock on my HP inkjet all-in-one and it turned out fine!

 I did most of the printing at my cousin’s with her laserjet, and that worked perfectly.  I think it’s worth doing a test sheet at home before deciding to go pay $.75 a sheet!  You never know.  Lots of girls have printed their invitations at home and it’s worked just fine. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

You can get a nice cheap laser b/w printer at officedepot for like $130. Good investment.

Post # 8
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Newbee

I recently bought an epson stylus 3 in 1 (RX680), I bought it based on a post from here, mine is one model newer.  It’s very large, but I love it.  It prints on anything, basically any size.  What I gathered was that a rear loading printer works well with heavy paper.

I got mine onsale online at future shop.  99$ CAD.

I highly recomend this printer.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I bought a very cheap color inkjet Lexmark printer from Target and the wording was half printed, half goccoed only so I could emboss certain things which you could also do with a stamp instead of gocco if you wanted to create some dimension.  The printer worked great, and I needed a few ink cartridges but not too bad, considering how many invitations and inserts I needed.  It handled paper source paper, envelopes, thicker cardstock from other places and it was inexpensive.  My friend bought a really expensive HP and it wouldn’t print on her envelopes, but my cheap one did just fine. 

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Sorry it was 75 cents to cut….9 cents to print. I got them switched up. 

Wednesday Brain fart. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I have a Canon all in one that did great. My personal brand preferences for home printers are Canon or HP. You can get a good one very inexpensively. It’s the cost of ink that can add up! So look for one where you can purchase separate refills for each color instead of one color pack.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I just bought an HP Photosmart C6300 and it prints on fairly thick cardstock, but like in small batches type thing. I would not try doing all 100 invites on it at once type deal.  Also it wont print on metallic cardstock if thats what you are using, but regular old card stock works.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I tested some heavier weight paper in my top-loading color Canon ip2600 printer, and it printed very admirably on the 80lb weight. For the 110 lb weight it needed a "spotter" (I had to sit there and hold it down in the feeder to make sure it caught), so I don’t think 110lb would be great for home printing.  I do think 80lb can work for a top loading feeder.  I also heard that PaperSource really likes Epson printers–you could call them or check their website for more information.

I did end up getting a gocco but that was because I wanted some more flexibility in size and design–otherwise I would have printed them at home and I read enough blog posts to see that other people have printed at home also.  Good luck!

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

You think you may be saving money by printing at home but since you don’t already have a printer and a good one starts out at $100 you could save a ton of money by taking your paper into like an Office Max or kinkos and having them printer for you on their professional printers. They allowed me to take in my already purchased paper and they only charged something like 10¢ a copy which I did my cards like 2 per page. In the end I figured I saved money rather than buying a new printer. Just something to think about.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We did our on my Inkjet.  They turned out great, but as I posted in a few other places, we would have saved money going with the printer recommended by our local Paper Source.  In our case it was at the local UPS store.  Who knew they did such amazing work?!

We needed a few more invites and were out of ink, so we went ahead and did a small run there.  They turned out amazingly well!

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