(Closed) Considering Gocco

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

One thing to keep in mind is that Gocco screens and bulbs have been getting harder to find lately, so that could cause you some headache if you don’t already have them. Also, I wouldn’t say that Gocco is necessarily more cost effective, but it depends on what alternative you’re looking at.  I’ve just used regular cardstock, and luxe cardstock, which isn’t too expensive.  The weddingbee wiki has a wealth of info on the Gocco, you should check it out.

I’m using my Gocco for my Save-The-Date Cards, Invitations, Thank yous, as well as probably the Out of Town bag logo, napkins, programs, and menus (all things you’ve seen other people on weddingbee use them for).  I won’t be using it for the placecards since burning the names would use too many screens for me and too much hassle.  And, I don’t think I’ll be using it for my map since I need a lot of detail and several colors, and the overlay/detail thing requires better alignment than I usually get (though with patience you can do much better than I do).

It can be a time consuming process, and depending on how many items you’re doing, it can take up a lot of space. Drying racks help with the space issue though (I’ve also heard you can use a slinky that is secured in place). And, if you design well then you’ll have fewer different layers to print which really helps… I say this from personal experience because I didn’t design my Save-The-Date Cards well and used 5 screens, which means that you have to print and dry 5 times!  For me, the design phase takes much longer than anything else, but I’m just indecisive.

My suggestion would be that you read everything you can find on this site and others about what types of designs have worked for people and what hasn’t.  And then, evaluate what design you have in mind and whether it is really best done on a gocco.  I bought a Gocco for my wedding projects, based on the great results I saw on weddingbee.  I’m glad I did, and am enjoying using it, but I’m VERY glad I’m not in a hurry with any of my projects and had time to enjoy learning how to use it.  To be honest, I don’t know that anyone that sees my Gocco projects really appreciates how much time they take me, but since I enjoy it (most of the time) I don’t mind. I understand why some people would recommend just ordering all this stuff though and not bothering with the Gocco.

Good luck deciding! 

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