Post # 1
So I am attempting to DIY lots of aspects of my wedding and I am currently working on my invitations, menus, programs, etc. My one big problem is that I don’t know the best way to print all of these paper products…outsource to a company? use a home printer? I was hoping you wonderful ladies could give me some advice or printer models that have worked really well for you. Thanks so much in advance!
Post # 3
I printed all my invitations, response cards and envelopes on my printer at home without too many issues! I had bought a set at Target and then designed the invitation on Microsoft Word. I had to be really careful to set the paper sizes, margins and print out a few trial runs so everything lined up right, but they were perfect in the end!
The biggest issue I had was that because the invitations had a design printed on them when I bought them, the invitation paper was sealed. This “sealing” made it really difficult for my printer feeder to catch the paper to pull it through and I ended up with too many invitations that were only partially on the paper. In order to fix this I had to run a damp sponge along the top of my paper where the printer feeders would have to grab it. I let the papers dry and they all turned out aligned the right way 🙂
It defintely took longer than I expected, but in the end I had exactly the invite I wanted and including invites and black ink for my printer was less than $100 for 100 invites, response cards and printed envelopes for both!
Post # 4
Don’t outsource – just do it on your home printer 🙂 Just make sure to do a test run (or a few) on scrap cardstock first, to make sure your margins and paper feed type are set correctly with your print options.
Tip: if you are doing envelopes, and printing your return address on the back of the envelopes, tuck the flap inside before printing, so it feeds nicely into your printer. I learned that the hard way, as my printer “ate” several of them. Grr…
Also, I also recommend using Publisher (comes with Microsoft Office, with Word, etc) rather than using Word. It gives you a better design flexibility & is more printer-friendly, without having to purchase another design program.
I did/will do all of my invites & the inserts, including smaller 3×5 blocks, all the menu cards & escort cards, as well as all the envelopes using my home printer & Publisher.