Post # 1
So, after much hemming and hawing, I’ve decided to design my own invitations, which leads me to wonder how I go about finding someone to print them.
I’m in NYC, so when I do a Google search, many possibilities turn up, but I don’t know what to look for.
I would imagine 100 invitation sets would be a rather small print job for most printers, so is there a way to determine what printers do what? I’d prefer real offset printing to fancy laser printing, but maybe I’m being picky, and laser printing is perfectly fine?
I also have no idea what sort of turnaround I can expect, or what info I should already have when I make my inquries (I do not have the invitation designed yet, so any inquiry I make now would be pretty general). I’m a total amateur at this, too, so I don’t have any technical specs for the kind of paper I want, or the ink, etc.
As you can tell, I’m kind of intimidated! Any advice would be much appreciated, or if anyone has used a printer in NYC that they like, I’d love a recommendation!
Post # 3
Nopinkertons– I was originally go that route and found Woodside Press (http://www.woodsidepress.com/index.html) in Brooklyn. They’re just that, a print shop and were very friendly on the phone. They seemed to do small jobs as well (their specialty is artists’ books).
You can also try places like Print Icon (http://www.printicon.com/) where I noticed they had a lot of personal designeed samples.
In the end, we decided to go to the custom design/printer route, so it was all in one place and less of a hassle.
Post # 4
Can’t help you with NYC unfortunately, as I live in Vancouver. But you probably want to go with a small print shop that handles both personal print jobs and small corporate jobs. These types of places are one step up from a Kinko’s type of print shop and should be happy to take your small print job but should also have different types of papers and printers on hand. Start by looking at your Yellow Pages or ask any local invitation designers what printer they use.
It’s hard to tell you what paper you should use without knowing what you have in mind, so it’s probably best to just ask the shop to show you some different paper samples and see what you like.
Generally the way it works is you would email your print shop and give them the specs of your print job. Specs include the following:
-type of paper
-number of copies to print
-number of colours you’re printing (if it’s using several colours, it’s called a 4-colour or full-colour job. If it’s using 3 colours or less then specify the number of colours. It will reduce the cost to print for some print methods.)
-any other requirements you want them to fulfill such as folding, stuffing envelopes, cutting paper to a certain size etc.
Ask the shop what file type they want you to supply, or if you can only create a PDF, then ask them if they can work with that. And let them know that you’re a bit green and to please help guide you through the process. Anyone worth their salt will be helpful. If you get a salesperson who seems to roll their eyes at your lack of knowledge, head elsewhere. That type of salesperson probably prefers working with corporate clients.
Post # 5
Oh sorry I forgot to say that when you email the shop your specs, the purpose of that email would be to find out if they can accommodate that type of print job and ask them for a price quote based on your specs.
Post # 6
for regular jobs (as in not lettpress, etc.) i usually give printers one week to quote a job and two weeks to print and deliver the job. however, in this case, i’d give a bit more time for them to print the invites. as far as specs, in addition to what others said, i’d also include the size of the invite (flat size and folded size), size of the envelope, and weight and color and brand of the paper that you’d like for each. usually, print shops will have paper samples. this will help you with you paper decision. oh, and make sure you’re able to see a proof before the entire job is printed as well.
Post # 7
I found Groomsmen Printing (Broome St. bet. Bowery and Chrystie) also via Weddingbee.
They gave me the lowest quote for 150 sets of 3-page inserts (offset printing). Staff has been very helpful and they never made me feel that my job was too small for them. I went there last Saturday to drop off my artwork and bring the luxe paper I got from Paper-Source (I’m providing my own paper). They estimated 4-5 days upon approval of final proof. Hope this helps!
Post # 8
This Esty chica is from NYC:
She’s got 100% feedback with 41 peeps – I’d say those are pretty good reviews!
Post # 9
Or you could go online. I used http://www.nwprintedsolutions.com and thought they were great. I only had them print 125 sets, and they were very reasonably priced.
Oh, and on most offset print jobs, the real money isn’t in how many pieces, but in how many setup fees. So try to keep all your pieces on as few pages as possible (I managed an invite and 3 inserts on one 8.5×11" sheet), and it’ll cost less.
Post # 10
Wow, thank you so much for all of this info! It sounds totally manageable. Weddingbee is so great!
Post # 11
You should try kinko’s. You would be surprised at how much help you actually get, and how cheap! these people do this everyday and are professionals who can do it for you. Also you have different font colors to choose from and different paper! Good Luck