(Closed) Printing invitations at home?

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
1663 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m guessing it would take some practice to get your text to be aligned correctly (ie, not over the borders)… make sure you have extras!  It also depends on your printer.  some would make this easier and some will make it harder.  Maybe give it a shot?

Post # 4
333 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It can easily be done with practice and knowing how and where to put the text on the page.

My only recommendation is to clean the printer and use new ink as you dont want it to smudge. And set it to high quality and print slow.

Post # 5
1606 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@danielleinfl:  To fix the alingnemnt – cut some plain paper to the same size as each iunsert (invite, rsvp, etc) and practice printing with those. It will help make sure you are not ruining your precious (AND GORGEOUS!) invites!

Post # 6
2375 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It’s not difficult to print at home.  It’s time consuming though, and depending on the amount of color and text/design that you’ll be printing, you might not end up saving much money, and you might even spend more.  Here’s my DIY breakdown:

As an example, I priced getting mine printed at Office Max – it’s $0.62 per page for color, single sided printing, and that includes the 8.5×11 pearlescent cardstock.  I can print 2 invitations per page (at 5×7″ each), so that’s $23.56 for 75 invitations.  With the enclosures (map/directions, reception details and RSVP cards), it came out to $74.40 total.  My map/directions were 2 per page, reception were 3 per page and RSVP were 4 per page.   I haven’t checked Office Depot, Staples, Kinkos or Alpha Graphics yet. 

If I were to buy the cardstock (using paper & more as an example), it would be $29.99 for 100 sheets, and $0.75 for a single sheet.  I would need 119 sheets, assuming no errors.  I’d purchase 125 to be on the safe side, so $48.74 for paper alone.  Where you can get screwed over is ink.  If you need to replace just one cartridge, that can cost you anywhere between $25 and $50 depending on your printer.  If you’re printing that many invitations, I can almost guarantee you’ll need to replace one.  So at this point, even on the low end of ink, with just replacing the black cartridge I’d just break even.  That assumes my printer won’t eat more than 6 pieces of paper, and that I won’t smudge more.

The other thing to remember is that if you get them printed, the shop is responsible.  If their printer eats the paper, it gets smudged, etc, it’s their problem, and they reprint it with no charge to you.  They’ll always give you a proof copy before they run the entire job, so you can make sure it’s exactly how you want it. 


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