(Closed) How much does it cost to print invites?

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

it depends on the type of printing you choose.  regular flat digital printing is your cheapest option.  i think a local place quoted me about $50 for 175 invites.  i had five pieces so the price was closer to $250.  it didn’t matter the coverage of ink on the paper.

in the end, i bought a really nice laser printer for abour $250 and printed them myself.  i didn’t even go through one set of starter cartridges. 

i went with regular flat printing because i had so many inserts, i used nicer paper, and did pocktetfolds.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

Printing at home really depends on your personal printer. For us, it just wasn’t reasonable to print at home b/c our printer uses ink like we use air! lol

We printed at our local college b/c it was WAY cheaper than any of the office/printing stores here.

I want to say around 14 cents a sheet when we took in our own paper. I printed our invites on tabloid sheets from them (set up 4 invites per sheet) and was able to print our 60 invites, 60 map inserts (set up the same way), and around 200 monograms (set up to as many I could fit on a sheet) for under 10 bucks.

I would definitely look into your college, and ask for where they do their in-house printing. Ours is called the Media Service Center. =)

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Kinko’s quoted me around $0.60 per side of paper on my paper, or $1.20 on theirs (I forget the exact number).

The printer we’re using:

For the raised print I was quoted close to $400 on their paper (110 lb. cover) for 90 invites, rsvp, info cards, and envelopes for the invites/rsvp (not printed-that’s another $80 or so) $190 for flat printing on stardream paper, and $120 for flat on 110 lb. cover.

 

I hope that helps! We chose not to print out own because I think it won’t lok as nice if I’m the one cutting them down.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I would really caution doing this. We tried it and after about printing 100 we noticed we had a mistake. “on” instead of “an”  the a and o with the font we had looked the same. We are two college educated individuals and we F**k*d it all up. I dunno my new attitude is to leave it up to the professionals. I got my invites and response cards from wedding paper divas for $250.00. Doing it ourselves I figured would have saved us 100.00 bucks if it would have worked out. However, my time is worth more than that. Good Luck! I would love to see how they turn out.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Jamie42003:  I almost did this with our monograms…. had the wrong YEAR on them and even after me, Darling Husband, my mom, and a number of my friends “proofing” them I almost sent them to print with it wrong! lol

 

OP: Best way to avoid typo’s on ALL of your invites is to print a few and look at them printed… even show them to someone else that hasn’t been totally enveloped in the planning (my mom showed her bank teller a flyer we had for our non-profit & the teller picked up on a typo)… There’s something about actually having it on paper & OFF the computer screen that makes it easier to see. =)

Thankfully even times when we’ve had to reprint, the low cost of printing where we do has made up for it. I mean we printed just over 300 tickets set up on 80lb gloss tabloid sheets for an event last week and it cost a whopping 8 bucks.

We do cut our own though but I’m totally a perfecitonist & feel better cutting them myself over paying for them to do it… thanks to my cutterpede =)

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I designed my own invite/rsvp/direction card suite and had them professionally printed for a total of $35 with envelopes and shipping included. I ordered a set of 50.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@kasmal:  I did the same thing. I got my template on Etsy and am printing them on my own. Staples printed mine for .98 cents per sheet….but I have two invites per page. I’m also having a small wedding, so it’s probably only going to cost me $100 total for invites, RSVP, and my info card I’m adding in.

Good luck!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We had Cardsandpocket print them, for us, it was by far the cheapest.  Paper included 2 colour inks, we needed 120 pages double sided, plus 5 more single sided was $163.00, which was WAY less than what we were quoted locally.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012 - El Faro Convention center, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

I only had 2 one-sided 4×6 pieces that I printed on Lux Cotton Heavy Cardstock (which is their most expensive paper) at Catprint for $72.69 for 55 of each.

 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Kinkos quoted me almost $250 for what a smaller “mom and pop” shop did for $50.  I’d steer clear from them for printing.  Now, for cutting, they will do a single cut for just over a dollar and can do up to like 200 sheets at once.  I had everything for my invites and the side inserts in the pocket folder for about $12. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I did it on vistaprint…you just upload the image and print! They always have 50% off sales! For 100 Save-The-Date Cards it cost me $34!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yeah I did Save-The-Date Cards on Vistaprint and it was super cheap.  I also had cards made for the tears of joy packets made there as well for $3.99. 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We printed 80 invites and 80 RSVP cards for about 15 dollars at FedEx Kinkos.  They were great.  I tried to print on my FI’s printer at work, and it was a HUGE pain. 

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