Post # 1
It’s getting close to time for me to order StDs and I can’t decide between a postcard and a flat card that would just go in an envelope. Either way, I am designing the card and then getting it printed somewhere. Intially, I thought cost would be the deciding factor, but they seem to be coming out similar.
Here are the options I’m looking at now:
- Postcards (printed from vistaprint): $28 for 100 (but I only need 50!)
- Costco 6 x 7.5 cards: $15 for 50, including white envelopes
- Printing 4×6 pictures (Winkfish is $1 for 50 if it’s your first time) and then buying envelopes
Looking at those prices, the postcards are certainly the most expensive, but other things will add up for the second two options:
- postage will be about $6.50 more
- If I get boring white envelopes, I’ll end up spending money on stamps/envelope liners to make them pretty. I haven’t found color envelopes for under $15-$20 dollars.
- I could see myself deciding I had to make them into magnets or round the corners if I’m not doing postcards.
So, my questions to the hive are:
Do you have any pros/cons to doing the vistaprint postcards?
Do you know anywhere cheaper to do any of my three options?
If you were one of my guests, would you have a preference about which one your recieve?
Does anyone know for sure if the Costco 6 x 7.5 cards take regular postage (I found a statement on USPS website that made me think this was considered more like a square card, but I couldn’t find how much more it would be)?
Post # 3
I’d take the dimensions to the post office and find out what it would cost a mail the Costco ones!
Post # 4
@DaniLyn: I voted postcards. I used them… they were cheap and did the job. I got a bunch of compliments on them. Did you find that Costco card on their website or in the store? I always have issues finding stuff on their website… do you mind posting the link? Maybe I’ll use that for my thank yous! Thanks!
Post # 5
I’d do a flat card in an envelope. I recently tried sending myself a sample Postography postcard (app that lets you send one right from your phone), and it came back looking TERRIBLE – the whole thing was so scratched and dirty that it was just sad. 🙁
While this might be an exception, I was initially thinking of doing postcard save the dates and that experience made me reconsider. I’d hate to have them show up like that!
Post # 6
@cranraspberry: Eek, really? One of mine got returned to sender so it basically went through the system twice and it still looked fine. Sorry to hear that it didn’t work out for you.
Post # 7
@arielmerms: unfortunately. 🙁 I was pretty surprised it looked that bad too! Here it is – all the gray parts were supposed to be white:
Once again, I’m sure this isn’t normal, but for myself I decided that I wouldn’t be taking that risk.
Post # 8
We used Vistaprint to print our STDs (that I designed). I think we ended up playing around $32 when it was all said and done for 100 postcards with our own design uploaded on both sides, with color printing on the back, high gloss finish, upgraded cardstock and shipping. We needed to send out 100 so it was woth it. After buying my roll of stamps and a sharpie pen (for ease of addressing on the shiny postcard), we spend around $70. As far as quailty, the VP postcards were (surpisingly!) great – I’ve gotten a few excited texts with pictures of them after people recieved them and they looked great after mailing, too.
Post # 9
Did you google discount codes for Vistaprint? I feel like they always have a deal going on for 40% off, free ship, etc.
Post # 10
There is a groupon for $45 worth of printing for $15
Post # 11
@arielmerms: Here’s the costco cards link: http://www.costcophotocenter.com/Shop/PremiumGreetingCards#/PhotoCard/ProductCategory_166/FullPhoto/rpovId%3A49711 (if you go to the MORE section, there’s an upload your own design). You order them online and then pick them up in the store, I think. And thanks for your input!
@cranraspberry: That’s exactly what I’m afraid of with postcards!
@StL.Ashley: Thank you! It’s good to hear about the quality!
@Goofball: Thanks for the reminder … but I already had googled it. The price I posted was with 50% off.
@RL712: Ohh … a groupon … I hadn’t thought of that! Thanks for the link!
Post # 13
100 Vistaprint 4.25 x 5.5 glossy business size cards for $30.
I actually like the postal markings as long as its not completely mangled. It kind of illustrates the journey.
Post # 14
@pinkksnow: That’s a good way to look at it 🙂 And yours are very fun!
Post # 15
I designed my own and had them printed at a local print shop. mine cost me about $70…I probably shouldve done my due dilligence and shopped around more, but I was getting tired of the process with all the glitches id had designing them. I looked at vista print but there wasnt a design I really liked. for envelopes, I also wanted coloured ones. and I wanted them to have that metallic shimmer to them. I got sheets at Michaels (not sure if u have that in the US) that were regularly $1 per shee for 25 cents per sheet plus 25% off my purchase so I go $80 worth of sheets for around $15. I just posted pics of them if u want to see what they could look like if you chose to do the same. f
from what your saying, the price differences arent very much so I would just do whatever you like the best
Post # 16
@DaniLyn: Check out smartpress.com