(Closed) For those bees who DIY’ed their invitations

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I printed mine at home with my inkjet printer. It worked great and was easier than I thought it would be! This was from a Wilton kit. It came with all the paper, envelopes, and even pre-tied bows!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I had mine printed at the local community college. I would HIGHLY suggest calling a college or university in your area and getting with their Media Services Department (or wherever they do their in house printing)

I saved 100s of dollars printing with them over doing it myself or going to an Office Depot. REALLY… 100s of dollars… I printed my invites, map inserts, & monogram sheets (with ~250 monograms) for a whopping 8 bucks. this included the color print on 1 side and the card stock from them. I also printed our programs, 400 prints blk/wht 1 side on paper I took in for 16 bucks.

Dirt cheap and the quality is just as great as going to a kinkos or office store.

I would call, get their price lists, and then (unless you already have your own paper) set up your prints on the largest size paper they carry… for me this was tabloid sheets at 6 cents a sheet and I could fit 4 invites on it.

Really cost effective…

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am printing at home on my Canon InkJet Printer. I found the paper I used made a big difference on how nice it looked though, not the printers themselves. I also had no images to print out, just text. Here is a link to mine:

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/love-my-diy-invites

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m going to be printing mine from home.  I have a kodak esp 5200 I got from big lots for under $70 with a 20% discount.  It works great and prints great, too.  I’ll be printing on card stock & doing all the invites/inserts/pocketfolds myself. 

I second checking with a local college.  I used to work at one as a computer tech (it was part time, which is why I had to change jobs, boo!) & their prices ARE cheaper than anywhere else. 

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

Oh… I have a Lexmark print and Fiance has an HP Photosmart… both ink jets and both eat up ink like CRAZY and was NOT cost effective to print on… I tried printing our programs and went through 2 1/2 cartridges (both blk/wht and color… ~130 bucks worth of ink) on only HALF of the programs.

I think it really depends on your printer and how many you need to print.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

I had a family friend that offered to print mine. Sorry I can’t be more help!

Good luck!

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@runsyellowlites: That’s the good part about this printer: ink is at most $25 and I know tricks on how to print it without using a ton of ink each time. 

Also, as long as I get one front & back done of the driving directions, I can take it and get copies made easily for a max of $.05 each.  I can also fit all the inserts on one page and I’ll need, at most, 90 invites (we’re only at 70, at the moment).  Admittedly, it varies depending on the person and how they’re doing it. 

One trick is to go in and modify the settings to “draft” and print a test of what you want to print.  Typically, it prints using less ink and looks just as good, especially if you’re doing black and white.

It all depends on your printer and how well you know your printer.  If it eats up ink like crazy, then go with a local printer.  Otherwise, it could be cheaper to do it from home. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MaiFuture:

that’s the type of printer I am using 🙂

OP:

I am making sure to test print before diving in just to be sure of dimensions, alignment, and colour etc.

 

We’re only printing about 50 invites (2 invites per page, 6 rsvps per page), so that will help us keep costs down when it comes to ink.

If you’re printing large quantities (100+ invites/rsvps/programs etc) it will probably be cheaper to try getting them printed at a campus.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I did mine at home on an inkjet printer.  🙂  

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I haven’t done my invitations yet but I have done my STD’s. We had the design on a zip drive & took it over to Staples to print off. There were 4 per sheet and we had 15 pages printed off and spent $20 and I want to say that included the cutting also.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I printed on my HP Photosmart and didn’t run into any problems with using too much ink, etc, but our invites weren’t super complicated, and were mostly black and white. I was really happy with how they turned out!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I bought my DIY invitations at Michaels when they were on sale.  I used my little Dell InkJet printer, and they turned out perfect.  I didn’t even use up an ink cartriage!  The invitations had a website that had the formats ready for you, all I had to do was change our information. 

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