Post # 1
Ladies… I am DIYing my own invitations/save the dates/etc, as I am rather photoshop and illustrator proficient, however, I am wondering, where did you all get your invitations printed, if you used an online service? I am hoping for high quality prints, and would like to be the traditional sizes (5×7 for invitations, and 4Bar for the RSVPs), but of course at a low, low price (invites are so expensive!)
For that matter… where did you get your envelopes? I feel like some places charge so much… and also, I am having trouble finding places that will sell both inner and outer envelopes, aside from Paper*Source, but their prices are a little steap for me…
Thanks so much!!!
Post # 3
I used Vistaprint for all my printing. I think the quality is great. I had a problem where the invites were printed the wrong size ( think this was actually my fault) and they reprinted them at a rush for no charge. I may have extras if you want me to send you one to see the quality? PM me. I used Living Social deals and got great prices.
Im getting my envelopes from Cards and Pockets.
Post # 4
I second VistaPrint. I did everything in GIMP, and then uploaded the .psd file to VistaPrint. I chose one of their more understated designs that came with a matching envelope, and the rest of the design elements I added in myself.
My StheD’s turned out beautiful: we chose the linen paper finish and it’s heavy enough and has a lovely texture that compliments my design, and the matching envelopes were really inexpensive.
We’re doing the same with our invitations, place cards, and programs/menus.
Post # 5
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I did my invites through Catprint.com, save the dates/thank yous through vistaprint, and HIGHY recommend Catprint. You can order paper samples- their shimmer paper is fantastic- I did custom printed reply envelopes in that style.
I liked Catprint because of the free hard proof- one of the fonts I used on our guest info card was a little tough to read, so I was able to replace the file before all 90 were printed.
Post # 6
I have used vistaprint…long shipping to Canada..or Zazzle. Zazzle we did our invites and they came out quite good.
Post # 7
I second Catprint – they are great!! Fast, cheap, and super friendly if you talk to them on the phone. I used them for my STDs and I will use them for my invites and RSVPs too. They can mail you a sample of their paper and envelope selections. If you play around with their tool on their website to get a quote for your printing job, you can figure out how to get the lowest price – mostly from printing on thinner paper. You can also save money if your invites aren’t “full bleed” – i.e. if your design doesn’t go right up to the edge. (It is a little more complicated for them to print like that, so they are a little more.)
Here’s how my Catprint STDs turned out:
http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/our-diy-save-the-dates-2 (I printed on the linen paper)
I ended up using Paper Source for my envelopes because I like that they sell A7.5 envelopes, which are a little bigger than A7 envelopes, which makes it easier to slide in invitations etc. I didn’t think they were too expensive compared to the cost of fancy invitations you buy from an actual designer. And they’re basically buy 9 packs, get 1 free – so I ordered 100 envelopes and 10 of them were free.
Post # 8
@Ivorybuttons: Oh do you have nay good links to a GIMP tutorial?
Post # 9
I printed my invitations and inserts at kinos. I bought my own paper online at paperandmore.com, I bought the metallic kind so it does not work well in home printers.
The printing at kinos was 56 cents a page for color and its 11 cents per page for black and white.
I went to etsy.com and found a printable file, I ended up paying 50$ and they look great! She made them so there are 2 invitations on 1 page. After she sent them to me, I saved them to a flash drive and went to kinkos. Just go up to the desk and they will print it on whatever paper you bring in.
Post # 10
Just an idea. I designed my own STD postcards with full bleed and needed to be hand trimmed. I took them to Kinkos and was quoted $200. Heck no. I called a local print shop and he quoted me $47. This was for a quantity of 150. It pays to look locally. Local is quick turn around and no shopping.