(Closed) Cutting paper before printing or after?

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Hmm…I would almost order them full size and cut them down after.  That way you have some room if there is a mistake or something.  And also so you have more room to print,  and do not have to worry about them being aligned perfectly, etc…  Good luck!!

Post # 4
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would double check that your printer accepts 5×7 paper before buying it. It would be a lot easier, but rmw made some very good points about cutting it down to size

Post # 5
161 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

i think cutting them afterwards might be safest since not all inkjet printers would necessarily pull the paper through nice and straight (it’s easier for the small shapes to get moved around while being pulled through). you could test a 5×7 of the paper you’re going to use to test it, but i think just printing on larger paper and cutting it down would be safer.  have fun!

Post # 7
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA

I always cut my paper first, and then print on it. Then again, I usually order ridiculously large pieces of paper and then cut it down to size… so it’s the only real way to get it straight.

As long as your paper feeder is good on your printer (most are pretty great nowadays), you’ll be just fine. Pre-cut paper is also much nicer than having to cut hundreds of sheets to size.

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