(Closed) Vistaprint vs. Catprint…and proofs?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

There is a dramatic difference in quality between Vistaprint and Catprint! I have used Vistaprint a couple times for a freelance client whose top priority was keeping the invites affordable. I find their interface frustrating, their size options limited and their color reproduction pretty bad. Their stock was pretty flimsy, but I can’t remember if we ordered the highest quality of stock or if there was a thicker option. I believe they only offer PDF proofs (hard to tell color this way), although you could also submit a small order (5 may be an option?) and see how it prints before ordering the rest.

I ordered holiday cards for my sister and I last winter from Catprint and I was very very impressed. Catprint lets you completely customize your size and quantity (so I could order 65 cards, instead of choosing between 50 or 100). They also had a lot of options for the stock (texture as well as weight). I got the super thick cotton ones for my holiday cards and they reminded me of the stock we used for our Letterpress wedding invites. Very soft and thick. I ordered a cheaper option for my sister, but they were still thick and had a really nice (matte) texture. Also, the color reproduction was very good with Catprint. I used a light gray on my holiday cards and it came out as a very true gray instead of desaturated black (maybe that sounds weird, but I could tell the difference). 

Overall, if your preference is to stick with something affordable while sacrificing some quality, I think Vistaprint is ok. However, if you’re a total stickler for details and quality, I recommend Catprint. 

*Disclaimer: I work in design and send things to print daily, so I am a little uptight about this sort of thing!

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m curious as I’m just about to order thank-yous. Thanks twodoghouse for your assessment. Any other opinions?

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I ordered my invites from Vistaprint and I’ve had soooo many compliments on them. I used their highest quality of cardstick they offer which was the “linen finish” and it was very durable and professional looking. I was able to change the color scheme to match my wedding colors I also like Vista print because you can get so many other products that match such as labels, envelopes, thank you cards, menues, programs, monogram stickers.  I was also able to have them print the return address on the enevelope and the RSVP card envelope. You can edit as much as you and they give you suggestions for wording. When you are ready to order you will approve the final draft.

The PP was probably right about changing the size of the invites though. I don’t think there was an option to do that but I could be wrong.

The only hassle I had with Vistaprint was when I got my order some of the RSVP cards were in the glossy finish which I didn’t like because guests would not have been able to write on it.  However, I called them immediately and they sent me a whole new set within a couple days. Even though it could have even my fault for ordering the wrong finish.

 

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

KatieLu Did you think the colors printed true with Vistaprint, or were they off?

Post # 7
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277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@risingsun:  The color was exactly what I expected for me.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We used Catprint for our invites and were SO happy with how they turned out. Everything was perfect and we have gotten so many compliments on them. Definitely recommend Catprint, but have never used Vistaprint, so can’t compare!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I used Catprint. I don’t know if they do coupons or deals, but if your printing is too expensive then choose a cheaper paper – I really don’t think many people notice the cardstock thickness. 

Here are my Catprint STDs:

http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/our-diy-save-the-dates-2

They sent me a hard copy sample in the mail, and they also mailed me a whole booklet with samples of all of their cardstocks and envelopes. (You need to request that they mail you those – you should do it before you place your order!) I ended up changing my mind about the paper (actually my FI changed his mind and wanted linen cardstock instead of flat paper cardstock! he is kind of OCD!) and called them. They were super friendly and changed my order, and I got all 100 full-color full-bleed STDs in the mail a couple days later  for $47. Love it!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

No problem. I’ve never used Catprint so I’m really no help there. I will make sure to check them out if I need anything else printed in the future.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I’m a former graphic designer, and created custom designs for all of our stationary. I used Vistaprint for save the dates/thank yous (thank you, Groupon!), Catprint for our invites, and would recommend doing the same- Vistaprint was good, but the quality from Catprint was SO much better! Plus, their paper selection was fantastic- I used the shimmer paper for my reply envelopes, and those puppies were so worth it! Order the free paper samples- it was a huge help in deciding what stock to use.

I had issues with my thank yous- it took Vistaprint THREE times to print them correctly (they printed registration marks on the inside, which I hadn’t uploaded. Grrr. I believe you can order a hard proof from Vistaprint (not sure if you have to pay for it or not.) 

I also liked (as PP mentioned) that with Catprint, you order whatever number you need- I ordered 90- and they included about 10 extras of everything except the envelopes. I only saw one item out of everything that wasn’t “good enough” to send (a little spot on it.) I had to contact customer service a few times with questions, and they were very helpful.

It looks like catprint sporadically does deals, so keep an eye on their web site (I think they had a cinco de mayo deal this year.) They’re totally worth the extra cost, though.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

my review of catprint is in this thread (the last one).

I ordered business cards through vista print and wasn’t wowed either.

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