Post # 1
i just had a disagreement with my mom about (suprise!) more wedding stuff.
our wedding is in june.. 79 days away and we still havent begun our DIY pocketfolds.
i want our invitations to look professional and.. nice.
but for some reason my mom EXPECTS me to print and cut them at home.
(hand feed 250 invitations pocket cards through our POS duo printer/scanner)
the printing is, to be nice– less than satisfactory. it smears letters or.. just doesnt print them and horribly screws up colors. for some reason it is sold as a premium photo printer but.. it hasnt lived up to its name since the day we brought it home 🙁
i am just INFURIATED because I don’t see an afforable way out of this.
first, i meant to start working on my invitations at the beginning of march, 20 days ago.. but my mom can’t bite the bullet and buy the envelopes and paper for it.
second, i’m not sure what good a new printer would do for us. my parents are penny pinchers and would rather me have poor quality invitations than spend more money on a new printer.
third, i have NO IDEA how much steamrollers or kinkos charges for copies/cuts.
Post # 3
Moms can be very difficult and not always fun to deal with during the wedding planning process (my fiance has a counter he keeps track of how long my mom and I go between fights about stupid stuff and right now we are at 2 weeks and counting). I am sorry she is being ridiculous.
Anyway, for my programs I asked a friend of mine if we could go up to her office one Sudnay and use the big fancy color printer. She was more than happy to help me out. Do you know someone who might be able to let you do that? Also – at my job, the mail room person printed the invitations for a coworker and just let her know how much the ink cost per paper (it was a very small amount) and it was deducted from her pay check. Maybe you or your fiance could try something like that.
Hope it works out!
Post # 4
Ms. Kangaroo is right. Ask around as many people as you can. Even if your direct friends or relatives may not be able to, maybe they know someone who can.
If you really can’t find one, there’s a printer who will do the job at a cheaper rate. I’m not sure how much cheaper exactly so just visit their website and ask if they will do yours at what rate. It’s http://www.CraftMasterInvitations.com
Post # 5
My grandfather and uncle own a print shop and referred me to a local "re-printer" because the cost for the re-printer to print our 200 invites (4 pages each) would be less than the shipping from NJ. I called a local printer (not kinkos) and they referred me to a speedy-print shop. The print shop gave me a ridiculously inexpensive (maybe $30 each for 200 of each of 4 pages), which included nice paper, printing and cutting. All I need to do is give them the file to print from.
I was pretty annoyed that my family wouldn’t print for me – until I called and got these quotes!
I also bought a new color laser printer that I love – Samsung CLP-315 – it was less than $125 with shipping and prints on cardstock and regular sized envelopes beautifully. It won’t do small sized paper or tiny envelopes, however. But, you can print RSVPs 4-up on a page and cut them and print sheets of clear labels for the envelopes.
Seach for the post where someone printed their envelopes with the guests addresses and then wrote over the address with a calligraphy pen. I did this with my envelopes and it looks beautiful. The envelopes are the first thing your guests see so perhaps after seeing beautiful (and super easy/fast) calligraphy on the the front will overshadow any imperfections inside.
p.s. I argue with my mom daily too, but for some reason I can’t stay away and still call her at least 2x’s a day!
Post # 6
I would definately call a ma & pop printer and see how much they would charge you to print them for you. We just had our invites, reception cards, and RSVP cards printed for around $50 and we had 210 of each. Also, as far as DIY pocket folds and such, I don’t know how set you are on that, but I used the 40% off coupons and bought all of our invites at Michaels. A LOT of their kits have the pocketfold envelopes, and I had my heart set on them!
Post # 7
Kinkos charges 59 cents per page for color copies on plain paper or on cardstock you supply. If you use their cardstock, it’s $1.19/page (I think… something like that). They charge $1-$1.50 per cut, and can cut a stack of 100 at a time, I think. My numbers might be off, but you can easily call them and find out.
I was going to use Kinkos and supply my own cardstock, but ended up going with a local guy instead. It was actually slightly more per page (closer to $1/page), but he gave me very personal service that I was very happy with, so it was worth it to me.
And based on other people’s advice, you can definitely find cheaper options, too!
Don’t worry! I was stressing three weeks ago about printing — where, when, how much, etc — and just opened the phone book (OK, the internet, haha), and started making a couple phone calls. I had a day off of work and I took my proof that I printed at home to a bunch of different printers for in-person quotes. That way, I got all of my questions answered and it all worked out great! Three weeks later, my invitations are out the door and I got my first RSVP yesterday!