(Closed) Really truly, which is cheaper in the long run?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have used Kinkos for all of my printing and as long as you bring your own paper, it’s super cheap! Especially if you’re just doing B&W. It’s wayyyy more expensive if you don’t bring your own paper though – I found that out the hard way. I was just at Staples this past weekend and printed about 200 sheets of B&W on regular white paper and it was $91!!! Last time I was at Kinkos and had things printed on my own nice paper, it was $7. Big difference!

Post # 4
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would definitely try calling local printing shops – even (and especially) those that don’t focus on weddings.  By supplying your own paper, those methods should be far cheaper and better quality than doing it at home.

Ink is expensive, plus it takes a lot of time to do it from home.  I had originally planned on doing all my own paper goods, printing them at work in our marketing department (yay!) on their fancy machines. 

But I ended up finding some invites I loved at a good price and saved myself some headaches 🙂

I did print my envelopes (gasp!) on my work printer.  I tested it on my home HP and it was SO much better at work. 

Good luck!

Post # 5
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I definitely call around and see – inkjets are expensive! Like others mentioned, bringing your own paper is usually the way to go.

We actually bought a colorlaser for all our printing. While it was expensive ($250-$300), we should have enough toner to do all our printing, plus a nice printer to use after the fact. Fiance has wanted to buy our own since we got our placed a year and a half ago, so I let him buy it to do our Save-The-Date Cards (which turned out great).

Post # 6
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

if it’s black and white, a print shop would definitely be cheaper. for color invites and inserts, look at cardsandpocket.com’s print shop — they’re great and much cheaper than staples/kinkos!

Post # 7
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We used about a cartridge and a half of color and B&W ink printing invites, menus, table numbers, programs, and signage for 70 people. Our stuff was not especially text or design heavy. Maybe double that for your guest list as a rough estimate to price it out? We went the home print way mostly because I didn;t want to have to deal with converting anything to a printer’s specification.

Post # 8
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We invited about 150 guests and I printed invitations, maps, signange, and envelopes on my home printer and used about 2 ink cartridges.  It’s a little time consuming because I kept having to load paper but I was happy with how they turned out.

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