Post # 1
So, I purchased invitation kits online and am wondering what some other brides did for the printing of the invitations/response cards/etc…. Did you use your personal printer at home or did you design them and have a professional do the printing??
I’m just trying weigh the pros and cons for time, cost and quality. What do you think or what has your experience been?!
Post # 3
I’m having someone else print mine…. it’s more cost effective cosidering I have alot of color and my ink cartridges are outrageously priced.
I know alot of ppl use office stores to print but we’re taking a different route…
Being a student at the jr. college here in the city I live I’m found that it has an office so to speak that does all kinds of printing SUPER CHEAP!!!! Like 6 cents a sheet for color on cardstock. I’m able to fit like 3/4 invites per sheet so that’s pretty great for us. =)
I’ve used them for invites for my friends baby shower and we use them for our mthly newsletter for my moms non-profit.
IDk if you have a college in your area but it might be worth looking into =)
Post # 4
I’ve mentioned this other places, but I designed my own and used Zazzle, since they had the best prices for printing on both sides. (I know, I know, I just HAD to be different, lol)
I know a lot of people print on their own printers, but make sure your printer is up for it. most home printers ARE NOT intended for “bulk printing”.
VistaPrint is a good place to check out, as is Overnight Prints, 123Prints, Zazzle, CafePress, as well as local places like Kinko’s, Staples, etc.
I have ALSO see people go to places like CVS Pharmacy, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, etc and print out their STD/invites/etc using the Photo Machines. (My Future In-Laws recieved one of these… it was a photo collage with the info printed on it). You could also probably do this using SnapFish or any other place that prints photos with a little tweaking in a paint program.
Gimp is a lightweight, free version of Photoshop. You can do A LOT of stuff photoshop offers and it’s free…. so that might be an option….
hope this helps!!! good luck! and most importantly, have fun!!!
Post # 5
I printed all my paper goods on my home printer (Epson Artisan 710) and they turned out great! Just make sure you choose the right settings, since things print differently on cardstock versus regular paper. In terms of time it really didn’t take too long. I printed everything in one night. I was able to print everything without needing to replace the ink in the printer, but it did use up most of the ink, so I’ll need to get new cartridges soon.
Post # 6
I am printing my own. I have a color laser, though. Beware of using an inkjet printe. If the ink gets wet, it will run. If it rains the day the postman delivers the invitation, it could ruin your beautiful work.
Good luck and Happy DIYing!
Post # 7
Hmmmm we are sending 175+ invitations (plus the response cards and reception card inside)… I looked into some of the online design/print options like zazzle and vistaprint but then found this Kit that I really liked as a starting point so now I alreay have the pre-cut cardstock that fits in the envelope and pockets. I wasn’t sure if print shops or even stores like Staples would be able to print if I brought in my own paper and design?? Thanks for the input, it’s always so helpful!!
Post # 8
I think Kinko’s can do that is you give them a flash drive with your design. Just make sure it’s a standard program (adobe, microsoft office) or is in a pdf.
Post # 9
I printed all my paper products out myself on my home printer and I am really pleased with the way they all turned out!
Post # 10
@SuperShopper: for what it’s worth, zazzle is actually only cheaper if you do your own designs, because the “shops” up the price.
as to printing it at home, I would get some extra cardstock (you can get postcards, business cards, etc) and run a few “tests” to see how well your printer prints it and what it looks like, then go from there.
it all depends on the printer. 🙂
As for the “rainy day” problem… maybe tuck them into a ziplock back, squeeze all the air out before sealing the bag, and tuck it into the envelope! No worries about your ink running if they’re inside plastic! It might look a little odd, but at least it wouldn’t be wet. 🙂