Post # 1
We are getting married in April and I always knew one of my favorite parts of this whole process would be picking out our invitations! I’m an invitation nut for all things- bridal showers, baby showers, etc.- and just love that part.
We are on a budget and I decided to use a BRIDES kit from Michael’s to make ours. It goes perfectly with our color scheme and I just love them!
Skip to the printing. So I took them to Kinko’s to be printed and when I picked them up, they were spotty at best. Because of the textured paper the ink doesn’t cover all of the spots and there are parts where it just looks poorly printed.
What do I do?? I’ve considered ordering pre-printed invites online, buying new sets of the invitations I already have and re-printing them on my inkjet printer. Or of course there’s the option of sending them out as-is, which hurts my perfectionist heart! 🙂
What would you do???
Post # 3
If the invites you have are really awful, I would just buy pre-printed ones online because I think it would be less stressful.
Post # 4
Did Kinkos tell you there was a chance of it spotting? If they did not, I’d take it up with them. Tell them you are unhappy and ask them to reprint your invites for free on paper they purchase.
I would not repurchase the same type of kit. You may have the same problem at home? I would opt for another kit that has a paper you know will work well with your home printer.
Post # 5
pic? It may not be as bad as you think. Sometimes we are too critical with our own things.
Post # 7
Do you know any graphic designers or photographers? If so they may know of a good place to get things printed. That way they will turn out better. Kinko’s isn’t the best place for printing in color/ photos. If not I would just buy ones that are printed online.
Post # 8
It sounds like they ran them through their laser printer. I believe the brides kit paper stock has a little bit of tooth to it? Not really texture, but it’s not super smooth, right? Because of the way ink and toner is layed down, laser printers only print perfectly crisp when the paper stock is totally smooth, like metallic stardream or smooth classic crest. If you run them through your home ink jet printer, they should print nicely and not have any spotiness. Based on personal experience, I doubt kinko’s will be helpful in reprinting or replacing your materials, though.
Post # 9
Have you considered taking them back to Kinko’s and asking them to reprint a new set for you at no cost? It seems to me they did a poor job – they’re a professional printing service and they should have worked out whatever problem was causing the spottiness!
I used one of the “Brides” invitation kids myself and printed them on an ink jet printer and while I’ll admit they weren’t all perfect, they weren’t spotty either! You have to play around with them a bit.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone for your advice! When I get home I’ll upload and picture and you can weigh in on if they’re as bad as I think 🙂 You’re right- I’m probably being way more picky than I should be!