Post # 1
Hi bees! I just wanted to see if any of you had your invites printed through Vista Print and what you thought of the finished invitations.
I found an etsy seller with really lovely custom invites, but I am way too nervous to print them at home. Our invites are for the reception only, so they do not need to be very formal looking.
Any advice on ordering? I was thinking I would pay extra for the linen finish. Tell me what you think, bees!
Post # 2
I did my save the dates and my invitations on VistPrint and it went well. I was using a bunch of Groupons, which made it more complicated when it came to ordering, but I was very happy with the product when it arrived. I used the cheapo, basic paper for our invites to cut down on weight and postage and it was fine for our casual invites. I haven’t used the linen, so I’m not sure. They’ll send you a free sample pack so you can feel/see the different options. Also, they have some weird and screwy systems when it comes to discounts and payments. I had to call customer service twice because discounts didn’t go through, but customer service was always able to work thing out – in one case I actually got a much bigger discount than I originally thought, which was a nice surprise!
Post # 3
JenGirl: That’s actually so nice to hear. I was somewhat surprised when I looked at prices online. I was expecting them to be a bit cheaper. I’ll look out for some coupon codes. But you did feel like the paper was nice? When I was checking them out at first, I just imagined like computer paper. Are they more heavy duty than that??
Post # 4
I used them – they are great! Colors print true to screen, quality is nice. Definitely look for a coupon code or a groupon.
They are much heavier than computer paper…the free is basically just like a thin to medium cardstock. The linen is nice – again, it’s like a thinner cardstock in terms of weight. Order the sample pack if you have a week or two, it’s worth it to figure out what paper will work best with your design.
The envelopes aren’t the best, but they are fine if you’re not picky.
Post # 5
lillianegypt: i did my Save-The-Date Cards and invitiations through vistaprint. Save-The-Date Cards were postcards
i upgraded the paper stock on invitations and in order to print return addresses on the large envelope and addresses on the front for the rsvp card envelope, you had to get them separately. the inked envelopes were much better quality than the evenelopes that came free.
i ordered 150 invitations, rsvps cards, and information cards and 250 thank you cards.
total came to just under $300. i priced them same thing out with a local stationary store and it was $1000.
i was very happy with the result and would use vistaprint again and again.
Post # 6
lillianegypt: I did mine through VP. The linen finish is defintiely nice, although I don’t think I’d be as crazy about it if I weren’t pasting it onto a pocketfold, because it’s more of a linen finish on the front rather than true linen paper. It was far more economical than the quotes I was getting from other places.
Post # 7
I used vistaprint for both my save-the-date postcards and for my wedding invites and RSVP postcards (I guess we really like postcards, lol) and I was very happy with the quality and price. We went with the linen finish on the invitations and that was definitely a nice upgrade. The only thing I would change is that we did the RSVP postcards in glossy, which slightly changed the color (should have matched the invitation), and I wish we would have just went for matte finish. Other than that, I also had someone on Etsy design everything and make sure they know you are printing through vistaprint, as my Etsy seller made an invitation with a specific vistaprint dimension that not all printing companies use. Additionally, I took advantage of the PDF proofs that vistaprint immediately does, which was fabulous because it caught a dimension mistake I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. I agree with PPs to take advantage of a groupon/coupon/sale!
Post # 8
lillianegypt: The basic stuff that I got was nicer than computer paper but certainly not fancy or thick or formal. But I knew that going in, and honestly didn’t want heavy due to postage. When I got the sample pack I remember that the upgraded paper was nice, but it just wasn’t worth it for me. The printing and coloring was flawless!
They have really great Groupons every couple months. I think I got $100 of printing for $17. But then you have to either buy $25 additional product or pay shipping. So there was a lot of dividing up of my printing between different orders/groupons. All said and told, I paid $185 for 125 invites, matching envelopes, separate reception card, and RSVP with envelope and shipping. And I could use a regular first class stamps.
Post # 9
lillianegypt: We used Visaprint for ours. I thought they looked good! But if you’re going to be using a picture, I would definitely upgrade the paper. We just had a small picture of us on the back of the invitation, so it wasn’t a big deal, but the picture was kind of grainy looking (and I know it wasn’t the picture itself because it was high resolution.)
Post # 10
a fellow bridesmaid did the invites for my best friend’s bridal shower on vistaprint. They turned out REALLy well, and she managed to get a great deal on them.
Post # 11
Upgrade the paper and double check the font. The standard font on mine was 10 which is tiny. You can change it.
Post # 12
Thanks for the input, ladies! I think I will go for upgraded paper. And I found a 40 percent off coupon online. 🙂
Post # 13
We did our invitations through Vista Print and loved them, except for the fact that on both sets I designed (I did ours and a friends’ at the same time) the colours came out a bit more muted than my screen showed. I used my Mac and thought the colours would be true to life, but not so much. I would suggest going a little bit more saturated in your colours.
Otherwise, I would definitely recommend them!
Post # 14
I got my invitations off of vista print. The color and quality of the paper were good, but there was this line on them that almost looked like a place to fold them. It may be because my invites were a little larger? But overall I liked them.
Post # 15
our save the dates came from vistaprint. i got a print credit from a friend, and i decided to chance it (after having horrible experiences in the past with them). they were okay, not the best quality. but for $20, i wasn’t going to worry. not everyone has as picky of tastes as i do.
i agree with getting upgraded paper. one more tip, buy your own envelopes. their envelopes are awful.