(Closed) DIY brides and ink consumption

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Are you printing in color or just black? If black, I definitely recommend getting a laser printer, you can find one for pretty cheap and you’ll save your sanity by not have to deal with ink. You can always sell it on Craigs after the wedding if you don’t want it.

Post # 5
165 posts
Blushing bee

My daughter just started this process and she went to Kinkos (she needs a new printer). She printed 10 table numbers and bought the paper for less than $10. It would have been even cheaper if she had her own paper. She is having no more than 75-80 guests so our printing needs are much smaller. Not sure how big your wedding is going to be. She is getting ready to have her menus printed next. She was very pleased with the service she got at Knikos.

Post # 6
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have an all-in-one hp officejetpro 8500 printer and I have been printing DIY like crazy, plus I use my printer for business. The ink seems to last forever, but I get the XL cartridges that have the most ink. The cartridges that I have now are about 6 months old. I am using color and black and white ink and the highest quality print. I have also printed a bunch of photos with these cartridges.

Post # 7
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

If you are using an inkjet at home, I would HIGHLY recommend going to Staples/Kinkos/Office Depot to get your stuff printed (unless you’ve already bought pre-cut paper that’s not 8.5×11″). Inkjets eat ink like there’s no tomorrow, I am not kidding, plus the quality is much better on laser. At Staples, for example, colour printing is 49 cents per 8.5×11″ sheet of paper (plus between 5 cents and 45 cents for cardstock, depending on the colour, weight, and gloss level); you could fit between two and four invites per page, so that’s about 30-40ish cents per invite. (Black and white is much cheaper — starts at 10 cents per page and goes down after 100, 500, 1000 & 10000 prints.) You could also get the colour parts printed on the colour printer, but in black & white (29 cents per 8.5×11″ page) — the quality is really nice, and you could use the money you save to splurge on a really good paper, and then you could always stamp/trace in colour, or mount the printed sheet on a coloured paper.

Post # 9
1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I printed all our paper products on my Epson Artisan and only had to replace the ink once. I used the ink cartridges that came with my new printer (which have less ink due to set-up. It tells you right on the package) and only replaced them once towards the end of printing. My replacement cartridges are still pretty full. I think it just depends on your printer, the settings you use, and how many invites/programs/etc you need to print.

Post # 11
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have a Canon printer.  Each color ink is an individual tank.  I did not have to replace any cartridges after printing all my invitations, inserts, menus, table numbers, wedding wish cards, bridal party timelines, programs and reception signs.  But now, about two months after the wedding my magenta and yellow need to be replaced.

Post # 12
14 posts

Its always best to have a printer that you can replace each cartridge individually rather than paying for a whole new set just because the magenta ran out. 

It will depend on the design, if its ink heavy or not, how much you’ll get out of it. I did all my wedding printing on my epson and the inks still going.

Post # 15
43 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

I just got done with my invitations this week. I made 150 of them.

Here is what they look like so you can get an idea of how much i printed.

I have a HP OfficeJet all in one J4680 i printed my invitations and all inserts. I bought the hp cartridge that said it printed the most pages and i printed everything except my map insert with that cartridge. Then i had to change both black and color… so… i went through 1 and a half of each.

Post # 16
1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Like one of the pps, I have a canon with individual ink cartridges.. there’s 4 of them and they’re about 15$ ea.  I put fresh cartridges in last week, and on saturday I printed 150 sets of invites, reply cards, reception cards, outer envelopes, and return envelopes… then I printed 100 announcements.  All of this printing was done in 2 color… all my ink tanks are still showing full except magenta, which only used about 15% of the cartridge for all that printing.  Not all inkjets are created equal… canons are great, especially with the separate tanks.

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