Post # 1
Hi Bees! Since we’re trying to do a classy wedding on a budget, I’m starting to seriously consider DIY-ing (or semi DIY-ing) our invitations. After some issues with printing our save the dates (specifically, the envelopes) at home, I’d like to get them professionally printed. I’ve worked with Vistaprint for magnets, bags, and all kinds of other things, and loved them, but I’ve never used them for invitations. I’ve also heard mixed reviews about using Kinko’s, but they seem to be another big player. Does anyone have any opinions on the quality / price of one versus the other? Or is there some other place I’ve overlooked?
Also, we’re looking at using a proffesional to design the invitations, and then take their design and having it printed at one of these places. Does anyone have suggestions for good, budget friendly designer they enjoyed working with?
Post # 3
I used Kinko’s to do my invitation printing and they turned out beautifully. The people were very very helpful and knew that they were wedding invitations so not to screw them up lol. I also had them cut them down to size and everything and they turned out perfect. I used colored ink so it was a tad more expensive than B&W but of course that is the same everywhere. For how beautiful they turned out I would say the price was really good.
Post # 4
i’m going to do the same thing and find an artist on Etsy via Alchemy. Good luck!!!
Post # 5
I’ve used vistaprint to do our STD’s, thank you cards, and also the rehearsal dinner invitations (made them using their wedding invitation or notecard templates). I really liked the overall quality of them, though the only thing that I would comment on is that the paper quality isn’t the best. In my opinion, it’s quite thin and flimsey. I’m not sure if you can get better quality paper through them. However, you can’t beat the price. If you sign up for their e-mails (use an alternate e-mail address because they send you almost daily e-mails) you can often get them for free (just pay shipping) and get about 10 invitations at once. So in a typical order I got an order of thank you notes (10), an order of invitations (10), and usually a tote bag for the price of shipping ($4 – 6) and just make several transactions since they save your design. I’m not sure if you can put the guest address right on the envelopes, but I know you can put a return address on them for a little extra money (haven’t tried this yet). Hope this helps!
Post # 6
I’ve used Vistaprint for their glossy postcards and glossy oversized postcards. I think they always turn out great! I don’t know what their printed quality would be like on their linen paper or matte paper. Did you know you can request a folder from them of paper samples? I did awhile back at least. The linen paper does look nice from them but I know it also costs a lot more to print compared to their standard postcards.
Post # 7
Thanks for the advice! I do get all the free stuf e-mails, and it usually leads to me trying to figure out if I need a free mouse pad or not :p Good tip about asking for paper samples – I couldn’t find anything about it on their website, so I sent an email to customer service about it. I’ve ordered business cards from them, and was happy with the quality, but I’m also a lot less critical of free business cards than I know I’ll be of wedding invitations.
Post # 8
If you check out my blog (link in profile) and click the tag “printed materials” and you’ll see LOTS of examples of Vistaprint paper, printing, etc!