Really regretting my DIY invitations – (total vent)

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MrsWinTraining2014:  Have you tried vistaprint or catprint? You can upload your design to their websites and pick the kind of paper you want it on. Or even Staples might work too?

 

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Woah! Those are going to be some impossibly gorgeous invites, though!

Be sure to post pictures!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

That does sound super frustrating.  Maybe you can change your design?

I’m planning everything on a very tight budget, and it has been so extremely frustrating to budget 200$ on something but for various reasons, end up paying 400$.  It sucks!   

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsWinTraining2014:  What types of places have you called? CVS/Walgreens/Rite Aid/Walmart *should* be able to do it. If you upload the file as a “picture” you should be able to print multiple copies.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

@MrsWinTraining2014:  Is it a standard photo size? I would just save them as a .jpg and have a photo center print them (walmart, CVS, etc). Or save them as a .jpg with some extra white space if they’re not the right size and then you can cut the extra white off when you get them back!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I looooved Catprint, great customer service too!  Try them.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Did you try Staples? We are going through them for printing our invites. I am pretty sure they could print it on standard paper if you asked them.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

@MrsWinTraining2014:  photo paper is kind of thick. there is card stock that is about the same weight as photo paper. have you seen any of the paper samples the printers are referring to?

don’t kick yourself too hard. I’m a graphic designer, so I know getting stuff printed is complicated and frustrating, even for professionals. I’ve definitely had my fair share of print projects not going the way I thought they would!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I too was in your same position… I purchased Brown invitations which were already pre-cut and learned very quickly that NO ONE would print on them…. and the one printer tha I found said it would be $350 because they would have to use gold ink.  I finally decided to buy some starlight cardstock online from http://www.lcipapers.com and found a printer who did beautiful thermography printing in brown and cut the cards for me.  I used scrapbook tape and assembled them all and they turned out beautifully.   I believe LCI will print them out for you as well at a really reasonable price, I wanted the thermography… it cost me $160 to print 126 invites.  this included the invitation card, the RSVP card and the directions card.

 

It will be ok, you just need a plan B… Also, dont look at th big printers like office max, minute man etc… do a google search for small mom and pop printers, they have good deals and they will take care of you. 

Good Luck

This is what I thought my invitation was going to look like

 

 

This was my PLAN B, and I actually liked it better.

 

Post # 12
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801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I printed all our paper products at Staples and was extremely happy with the results.

Post # 13
Hostess
9919 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MrsWinTraining2014:  I would print it as a photo as PPs have mentioned at a photo printer.

 

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@MrsWinTraining2014:  if they’re 5.5×5, they would fit on a 5×7 print – set it up as a photograph and send it to a photo printing place and then cut of the extra 1.5 on one side.  Make it a ‘greeting card’ if you have to to get them to accept the text aspect!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

@MrsWinTraining2014:  is there an Alphagraphics in your area? they are a real print shop that will do small jobs. their prices are pretty good too.

or have you considered having them printed too big with a large margin, and then trimming them at home? a paper cutter will cost you less than printing them on a photo printer at your mom’s house.

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