VistaPrint or other DIY??

posted 4 months ago in Paper
Post # 2
1246 posts
Bumble bee

  I use vista print alot, I have for at least 15 years. I design all my products personally though, I was a pre press designer I also used them for my commercial products. 

The quality is as good as your own design,uploads  proofreading

etc. There are limited choices for papers, foil, cuts, etc. 


I just did our announcements… 

Post # 3
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2020 - North Carolina

bctoquebec :  I love your announcements!


I was looking into Vistaprint and Minted and I absolutely loved both! We’re paying for this wedding all on our own so I’m trying I’m trying to cut costs wherever I can. Because we plan on having 75 guest or less, I’m thinking that I might just DIY our paper products. I figured I could add more details without breaking the bank.

Post # 4
2099 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I designed my own invites using gimp (free software that is similar to Photo Shop) and had them printed on Cat Print. I used Vista Print to print my own shower invites and wasn’t thrilled with the quality but cat print came highly recommended and did not disappoint. The size of the 5×7 invites on vistaprint was odd – not really 5×7 but skinnier and shorter which made it hard to find envelopes and the envelopes it comes with are kinda crappy. Thats my biggest complaint about vista print. If you go with VP definitely upgrade the paper quality. 

Post # 5
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I used Vista Print and was very happy with the results. There are also Groupons or similar for them every so often. I just Google to find them. You can shop around and check out other options like Staples printing if you’re going to design them on your own or use Etsy. We used Staples for our Christmas cards and were happy with them for that purpose. 

Post # 6
695 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - Country/barn

bordeaux :  I used vistaprint for our save the dates, invites, and RSVPs. The quality is great and the price is super affordable. I wasn’t in to spending a fortune on things that would eventually be thrown away. I highly recommend them. 

Post # 7
478 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019 - City, State

bordeaux :  I cannot read your original post, but I will say that I had a great experience on VistaPrint for my own wedding invitations (used a template and it looks awesome) and for my bridesmaid’s baby shower invites (made them from scratch and they look awesome too).  The price is right because there’s often a 50% off sale, and the shipping is fast and cheap.  I’m so happy I used them!

Post # 8
1027 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

bordeaux :  We used VistaPrint for our Engagement Party invites, our Save the Dates and the add-ins (wishing well/accomm etc) for our Wedding invites.

They are awesome – fast, cheap and everything came out looking a treat

For reference, for $55 incl express delivery we were able to get

– Wishing well cards x 250 (literally the smallest amount for the size we wanted)

– a separate invite to a pre-wedding lunch x 100

– 2 sided pamplet of things-to do in the city (for people travelling interstand who wanted to make a holiday out of it) x 60

All at our doorstep within 2 business days

Cannot fault it. They all looked great


Post # 9
1246 posts
Bumble bee

futuremrsmoore :  Yes, you can definitely add more detail, as much as you want. And you can always order 10 if you just want a test run, then reorder. 

I did mine double-sided, the reverse side is French as we are both French and English. All of the invites. Rsvps etc will be the same. 


And thanks 🙂


Post # 10
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I used Vistaprint for everything on one of their 50% off sales which  happens pretty often.  The customer service is great as well as had a colour issue and they fixed it and reprinted it for free for me with no issues.

Do agree envelopes aren’t the best but in the end decided they didn’t really matter.

Post # 11
1016 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Wonderful customer experience at VistaPrint and amazing quality for the price! We had both our save the dates (photos of us) and invitations created through them. We designed our own invitation template and did our own gold foil embossing after we received them but vistaprint did a beautiful job printing the text. The only thing is I would suggest paying a bit more for the linen or heavy matte paper as that was well worth the extra money and we ended up purchasing our invitation envelopes at Paper Source because we wanted thicker, nicer envelopes with the euro flap (VistaPrint gives you free plain white envelopes that were a bit then for our invitesc though we used them for our save the dates!) 

Post # 12
1957 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Vista Print was great if you were using one of thier templates. I used them for a lot, but whenever I uploaded a design from another site (Etsy), it did not come out as well. It just didn’t print as dark or as well as their own designs did. Just my experience. Their customer service and prices can’t be beat, and they always refunded if we couldn’t use something. But if you are planning on downloading an etsy template, based on my experience, I’d just use a local printer. I used Walgreens for a bridal shower once and it was great! 

Post # 13
1479 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

I used Vistaprint for nearly everything and they were great.  Their design software is easy to use, they have a lot of templates that look really nice, and they constantly have sales going on so it’s usually cost effective.  I love them.

Post # 14
388 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2019 - York, ME

We used Vistaprint! We used one of their templates but changed it quite a bit which was nice to have the personalization.  I think we spent all of $40 on the invitations?  The envelopes are thin, but that didn’t bother me. We went for the ultra thick matte which gave it a more expensive feel.  



Post # 15
440 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2018

I used canva to design my invites and then just got them printed at a local print shop, very cost effective, and in my opinion easier to use that vista print to really customize exaclty what you want. I made my invite based off of a minted design and I could hardly tell the difference!

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