Post # 1
My invitation is a custom calligraphed design (similar to those on calligraphylady.com). I have it in a high res file for printing. My problem is where do I get it printed? I’d prefer for it to be done on ivory or ecru amalfi deckle edge stock, but I’m totally confused as how to go about this. I’m interested in offset printing, and if I could just send the file to a printer online and buy the cardstock through them, it would be easiest. Obviously, vistaprint and the like will not work b/c they do not offer cardstock options- just plain stark white. I don’t think my local kinko’s and officemax will print on pre-cut stock. I really don’t want to do this as a home project-I’d really like to find a vendor!Any ideas? Thank you!
Post # 3
Contact commercial printers in your area. You can find them in the phonebook or online – some may even be listed in local wedding publications under invitations. They can do the printing, supply the cardstock, and cut for you. They can probably accomodate or make a deckled edge.
Kinko’s (and most copy places) won’t print on cut stock; they do offer a cutting service, but not a deckled edge. Copy places also typically don’t handle paper heavier than 80lb (whereas you probably want something closer to 110lb). Don’t go with Kinko’s, as they will just print one copy and photocopy from it.
Post # 4
I am a calligrapher and my question is why didn’t your calligrapher take care of your printing or tell you who could? Normally you have to talk to a printer first to find one who has the cardstock that you want. I just went through this with a Bride I was working with. In this entire STATE her and I both found NO ONE who knew how to print an invitation. I did find a place in GA who would do it LETTERPRESS only. She explained to me all the options. Get back with me if you still need an answer.
Post # 5
The problem with offset is that they tend to run rolls or full sheets around 27" x 40" that they later cut down. Specing a deckled edge adds work to the piece (deckling the edge of small size invites) and can really add to the cost. Letterpress may be the way to go with alredy cut paper. If you pm me a link to your piece I can tell you whether it makes sense to print letterpress or possibly silkscreen, and I can refer you to a printer in your area.
Post # 6
I am doing custom Save The Date cards. I was told by several people that I needed to look for a PRINTING place, not just a COPY place. I went to a copy place and they said they couldn’t run anything as small as my postcard sized cardstock.
Post # 7
Thank you everyone! I’m having it engraved. I’m not a letterpress person and I think offset would look cheap- so engraving it is!
Post # 8
Where did you end up getting your engraving done? I’m in the exact same situation.