Post # 1
I know there have been several posts on this related to Save-The-Date Cards. We got our STD magnets from Vistaprint and were really pleased; there were a few that were misprinted, but overall the quality was good. We’re now considering using them for our invitations because they’re by far the cheapest option we can find. However, I wasn’t sure what the paper quality was like. We don’t need fine cardstock, but I don’t want it to be super-flimsy, either. Has anybody ordered paper products from them? Also, if you have, did you get matte or glossy finish?
Post # 3
Will they send you a sample or sell you one so you can make your choice? I would think that they would as most invitation companies will, so why not them?
Post # 4
Word of caution-
We got our thank you notes from them (we got a folded notecard with a photo on the front).
I was pleased with the print quality- the photo looked great- and with the quality of the paper.
However, I was displeased with the fact that they were cut and scored unevenly- thus when we folded them over they were crooked! Also, when they were cut, they left little nubs on either end- it wasn’t the cleanest cut. Also, the envelopes were pretty cheap (you could see the photo through the envelope).
But the thing that disappointed me the most was that on the back of the note was a big, BLUE "www.vistaprint.com"!
I had done the preview and nowhere did it show the BACK of the card nor did it mention that their logo would be on the back. I tried to contact them by phone, but it’s all automated- I couldn’t figure out how to get in touch with a person.
I just gave up- they were cheap and I got what I paid for. But I wasn’t being a perfectionist about it.
So, if you go with them- be certain that their logo WILL NOT be on your wedding invites!
Another thing to consider- I got my invites (inner envelope, lined outer envelope with return address, response card, respond card envelope with printed return address) for $200 for 100 invites. They were from Carlson Craft and I got them through a local print shop (not a place that specializes in wedding stationary). Turns out that local places give you a 10-20% discount off the prices listed online! They came out really great and it was nice to have an actual person to deal with and be able to see the invite sample in person. Just an idea…
Post # 5
I had a friend who did vistaprint for her invites and they actually looked really ugly and cheap. They have different kinds so some of them might look decent. The invite she got was a photograph of rings and was glossy. I bought Save-The-Date Cards from them and they were on linen paper and are very nice. So get that if you can cause it won’t look cheap.
Post # 6
Wow, thank you guys for the input. I was afraid they’d look cheap and these posts confirm my fears. I would really hate for the vistaprint logo to be on the back!
We’re really trying not to spend more than $150 or so for 100 invites, so it’s pretty tight. I guess we’ll just go with the boxed ones from Michael’s.
Post # 7
Check out target for nice boxed invitations as well, I got a box of 50 for around 20.00, they have some really pretty designs to choose from.
Post # 8
You could also look into Reaves Engraving. You could get thermography (invites, rsvps) for under $150 for a hundred, and the quality is really good. It won’t look like you skimped.
Ahh… all the damn research I did on invites…..
Post # 9
I’ve ordered personalized holiday cards through Vistaprint.. good quality paper and printing. However, I think their large, very visible logo on the back of the cards is one of the main reasons their costs are low (because they use their products as their main advertisement!). If this doesn’t bother you, go for it! Definitely a budget-friendly option!!