Post # 1
Hi Bees! So, I’m pretty set on going the DIY route for my invitations — I’ve already designed them using a trial version of InDesign… BUT I’m totally clueless as to where to go from here. Do I print them myself or do I take them to get them professionally printed? What do you other invitation DIYers out there recommend? Also, I’ve been looking at Paper Source and Cards and Pockets, but is it a mistake to buy pre-cut cardstock if I’m getting my invitations professionally printed (or even just printed at Kinkos or something)?
Post # 3
Mrs Cupcake did a great step by step in this post.
As far as the paper, you have 3 DIY options:
– Buy and print on precut invites
– Buy bulk paper and have it printed and/or cut at an office supply store
– Buy bulk paper, cut yourself and print yourself.
It really depends on how much time you can put int it and how much money you want to save. For me, my plan was to buy pocketfolds and have all of the inserts cut. Looks like now, with FI’s recent lay-off, I’ll be making the pocketfold and cutting the inserts myself. I plan to print on the gocco, but many people use their home printers. In the DIY section under Invitations, you can find people’s experience with all of the options and the reasons they chose them. There are also lots of step-by-step guides.
Post # 4
Great advice from Querida – And it toally depends on the quality of your printer. If its a fairly simple invite with not a lot of graphic, your own should be ok. But be sure it is formatted to print on a smaller scale (5×7, etc Issue ith that is, several printers feel smaller paper through crooked, so Id honestly suggest printing on full size paper and then trimming it down. Explore your options – DIY invites ar eVERY time consuming. I was set on doing my own as well, until I made one (our invite suite was multiple pieces, 6 I think, plus outer envelope, inner envelope, my own hand drawn map, and a lace wrap rather than the bellyband) and they took for FREAKING EVER. I wasnt pleased with the final result, and I finally realized that ordering from weddingpaperdivas was a bit more expensive, but the work was done. I went that route.
Long story short, print a sample one on your printer. If you are happy with the quality, go for it, just be sure you have LOTS of extra ink
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2021 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay
I would print (whether at home or taken somewhere else) on standard size, 8 1/2 x 11 paper – not precut. That’s just a personal preferece due to many frustrated hours of trying to format! It is a pain in the neck. THEN, use a paper cutter post-printing.
We have a top of the line printer at work, so that is what I used. If your home one produces a nice quality print, stock up on ink and give it a go!