(Closed) Help! To print my invites at home or outsource????

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I printed mine at home on a home printer, a Canon inkjet that is relatively new. It wasn’t too hard. I did the reply cards and the invitations. I didn’t use much ink at all; in fact, I haven’t had to replace the “starter” cartridges that came with the printer yet.

Are you comfortable adjusting the settings in your Word document to correct the paper size, and doing the same in your print settings?

You can always stop in a print shop, Kinkos or a local shop, or even on in an office store, to get a quote. Chances are, that will be easier and slightly more professional looking — you’ll just have to decide if it’s worth the price. I think printing at home is a fine choice.

Sidenote: I got a DIY program set at Michael’s that had long, narrow paper, and that was a bear to print on correctly!

Post # 4
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143 posts
Blushing bee

I could be mistaken, but I think some of these kits come with software to help you set them up for printing? If you’re just printing black text, I think you’ll be fine printing them at home! Plus not all print shops will print on pre-cut card stock.

Post # 5
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2889 posts
Sugar bee

I think it depends on your paper and how perfect you want them to be. I just printed my Save-The-Date Cards at home and many are slightly crooked because the paper was a bit too narrow for my printer. I accepted that the crooked could not be avoided and moved on but will not be DIYing my invited so this was not such an issue for me. You could always run a test print and see how it looks and go to a copy shop and have them print out one set so you could compare results/costs.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I really regret printing mine at home.  Nobody said anything, but they just didn’t come out as nice as I expected because even though I had all the print settings right – something happened between what was in the computer and what my printer spit out.  Unless you know exactly what your printer will do, I’d go the Kinko’s route.

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