Post # 1
OK, sorry if this question is beyond dumb but my experience inviting people to stuff is pretty much limited to posting an event on facebook. Now I want to DIY my wedding invites. I’ve got no problem creating my design etc. but I’m basically clueless about how/where to print everything. Our printer is garbage and we don’t have any of these fancy new-fangled devices bees use to create their beautiful invites. So when I buy my paper, do I just bring it to Kinkos or something?
Post # 3
Call up a local print shop in your area and see if they can help you.
I would suggest a mom and pop shop as opposed to Staples or Office Max. I have my STDs printed at a Staples and everytime I called I got a different person who was working that shift and had to keep re-inventing the wheel.
I ordered my invites through a local print shop where everyday when I called I dealt with the same woman. It was a lot easier.
Post # 4
I printed my save the dates at kinkos and was very very pleased with the process. I’d created a file in Illustrator they manipulated it to print two to a page on cardstock. I got 125 color copies, cardstock, cut for $100. It was well worth the money after the headache they gave me during the design process. i don’t know where you live but I’m sure there are plenty of local printers you could go to if you are not interested in going to such a commercialized place. Also, I don’t know if you have any friends that are graphic designers. But my friend is one and she works with a lot of printing vendors. She had one of them print her invites and they turned out awesome. Good luck
Post # 5
- Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception
Depending on how indepth your invites are, it might be more cost effective to just buy a new printer rather than going through a print shop. I printed invites right off of a regular inkjet printer.
And as a graphic artist, I loathe Kinkos! Go to a mom and pop store before going there. Please.
Post # 6
Cool, I definitely know my way around design software so I’ll be doing that part myself. We have a small guest list so investing in a printer is probably not more cost effective for us.
So do you just print it out on normal size paper and then cut it down to size? Cause the paper I was going to buy is already the dimensions we wanted. I guess I’ll call around and ask if they can print that size.
Post # 7
I printed my invites at Fedex/Kinkos. I had such a great experience (and it was such a great deal), that I will probably print my placecards, menus and programs there also! My cardstock was thin enough that they could still run it through the machine.
Definitely check them out.
Post # 8
I just finished designing my own invitation and am now searching for places to print and cut. Here’s my experience in Chicago.
If you need color prints/copies, it costs about $0.49 per page from Kinko’s or Office Max….even if you provide your own paper. If you need to cut the paper into smaller sizes, it’s about $1.49 a cut for up to 250 sheets of paper. So for instance I need cut the 8.5" x 11" paper into two 4.25" x 6" pieces, which requires 5 cuts. The price is then $7.45 for up to 250 sheets (before taxes).
I will be looking for quotes from mom and pop places next.
Hope this helps.
Post # 9
As a graphic designer, I agree with Ms. Sushi–please check out investing in a new home printer or going to a mom-and-pop before going to Kinkos (even Staples, Office Max, etc.). I designed our invites and am printing them in all black ink on my HP Photosmart C3180 All-in-One that I got at the Apple store (but you can probably find at Target).
Do you have paper picked out? Nice paper goes a long way in the overall quailty of your invites, too. I got our paper from French Paper. There are tons of color, style, and weight choices as well as coordinating envelopes, and they are relatively inexpensive. We’re doing tri-layered invites, which required I ordered four sets (wanted extra paper to print programs) of 100 sheets of paper and two sets of 50 envelopes, and with shipping, it was about $175.
Post # 10
This may be a dumb question, but I’m just curious – graphic designers out there, why do you dislike Kinko’s (and similar operations)?