(Closed) Archival Quality Printing at home or Kinkos type place?

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I would vote no for home probably because unless it is a really high quality printer (read: super expensive) it wouldn’t be archival.

Kinko’s may not be archival quality, I would check with the one in your area. Another negative with Kinko’s, I’m sure they have a limited number of papers and I would imagine you would want your ketubah to be oversized (bigger than tabloid aka 11×17"). I’m just guessing though. If you went bigger than tabloid they’d print it on their oversized printer. If you went smaller, they’d print it on a regular large laser printer which would give more options and you could PROBABLY provide your own paper. Kinko’s is notorious for not being detail-orientated and not so helpful at some stores. I would call and see what they ahve to say.

I would also call some area printers. Some of them might have access to a printer called the HP Indigo which is basically a HUGE laser printer. It would be high quality, like running it on a press, but considerably cheaper and more effective considering you only need one and that isn’t a job suited to a regular offset press that prints brochures, magazines, etc.

I would also consider letterpress. That would be GORGEOUS and they are some letterpress companies who would help you design it and print it. I’m sure this option would be pricey, but the ketubah is something you cherish so it will definitely be worth it to spend some money and time researching different ideas.

I wish the Catholic church had a some kind of contract for us to sign, but we just sign the marriage certificate/license which is not as cool to keep. Of course, that is my humble opnion.

Post # 4
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I don’t know about archival quality printing, but for about $70, you can order a ketubah with just the writing on it, and the paper accepts various media for you to do the artwork.  That may be the easiest way to go.

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