Post # 1
ok so I have designed my invitations, save the dates ect and am now looking to have them printed professionally NOT printed on our home printer.
I am getting quotes but they are really high, charging for all the colors used (3), cleaning afterwards, set up fee, ect. We have a graphic that is bright and they tell us that they will have to run it through 3 times to achieve the brightness also.
Is there some one out there who knows of a GREAT place to send my design to print that will not cost me my right leg ?
Post # 3
The family business is printing and direct mail marketing. I can tell you from experience if you are looking for a professional printer to print your invitation it will be expensive. There are several reasons for this:
- High cost for labor
- High cost in materials
- Lack of quantity
It sounds like you are wanting to have your invitations printed via a press versus a laser printer. In which case the printer may be required to run the invitation more than once, depends on the type of press. On the same token they have to make plates for each color ($25 – $50/per plate) plus the labor to have someone watch the press. There is likely a set-up fee as well, as while you may think you have it already set up most printers print on 11×17 or larger paper and cut down to the proper size. Assuming a 5×7 invitation 6 up, with 100 invites required, thats only 20 sheets of paper A lot of effort for such little outcome.
I hope this helped to provide some insight on cost for you.
I obviously don’t know of a cheap printer, as I never searched for one. I can tell you a cheaper way to go is laser printer, something that even Staples can do. Obviously in your case I think I would just print it yourself.
"Custom" work especially wedding invitations will be very expensive for the everyday print shop who are used to printing thousands/millions of pieces for a single job.
Where are you located? I may be able to help you find an inexpensive printer.
Post # 4
I am 45 min from San Francisco. I know nothing about printers, I DO know there are a lot in my area BUT none that specialize in wedding invitations. Any help would be GREAT! I just don’t know where to start and the right questions to ask.
Thank you for your reply!
Post # 5
Your predicament is why folks here use a gocco. Screenprinting allows you to mix 3 custom inks at full brightness, and do a small run of 100 on nice paperstock. (The magic number from professional offset presses tends to be around 1000) Small presses can do small runs if you are looking for something inexpensive, letterpress is usually out of the question, but you could look at the presses listed over at Briarpress to get some quotes.
Or you could find someone willing to gocco it for you over at etsy’s alchemy section:
Post # 6
Try Valentine Designs. They are a small family owned custom invitation business. I’ve used them for a couple of jobs that my clients got quotes out of the wazoo but they did the job at 1/2 the cost. I don’t know the website but the # is 469-879-8977. They are in Dallas but one of my brides was in Louisiana and the cost was less than a local printer.
Post # 7
Try http://www.CraftMasterInvitations.com It will surely NOT COST you your right leg.