Because what we provide are mostly printables, here are a few words of advice…
Print at home
Some home printers are amazing- they can create a professional looking piece without the professional price. If you decide you want to try and print from home we recommend printing from the PDF file on 80 lb. (heavy) to 110 lb. (extra heavy) paper. Many office supply stores carry these paper weights, but if you can’t find exactly what you are looking for we love Paper-Source and recommend taking a look at what they have to offer (www.paper-source.com).
If you have a photo printer you can purchase A7 (5” x 7”) or A6 (4” x 6”) sized paper and depending on your print settings it may be easier to print on these smaller sheets so you can “print to the edge” (meaning there will not be a white border on any designs that have color all the way to the edges). If you don’t have a photo printer it may be easier to print on a regular 8.5” x 11” letter sized page and then cut the designs out. If you decide to go this route and would like, let us know you would prefer to have the design set up two to a page instead of a single file. If you aren’t terribly skilled with cutting straight with scissors or just want something that makes it all go quicker we recommend purchasing a small scrapbooking or trimming tool to get the edges perfectly straight.
If you are in a pinch for time or have a lot to print, you may want to look into an online or local photo printer. These are the same types of places you would use to get regular photos printed so you’ll want to make sure you have a .jpg file to send off to the printer. Depending on the company and size of the design, the cost per piece can be as low as $.06 each (Snapfish). Please note the designs are usually printed on photo paper, so if the design you have chosen doesn’t have a photo we recommend having these printed on matte paper, just so it doesn’t look like a glossy photo. Many local places also have rush or one hour services (like Target, Walmart).
Here are a few online printers we’ve used in the past: Target, Walgreens, Snapfish, Artscow.
For invitations with photographs: mPix, Vistaprint, and shutterfly are also great.
For all of the above: 123print, UPrinting, Office Max
Okay, so we love nothing more than a nice, heavy card stock. If you think this is the direction you want to go in as well you may want to check out a local place like Kinkos or even an office supply store. Office Max has a great printing service called ImPress where prints can be made in less than an hour and the quality is great.
Don’t have the time to search for a local printer? Take a look at Catprint (www.catprint.com) who specializes in short run quantites, has a great selection of papers and offers quick shipping.
If you are in need of envelopes definitely check your local office or hobby supply store or www.paper-source.com (although if you are getting the invites printed some places will also send envelopes for an additional charge). 5” x 7” invites take A7 envelopes (5¼” x 7¼“), 4” x 6” invites take A6 envelopes (4¾” x 6½”). 3½” x 5” wedding reply cards & thank you cards take 4bar envelopes (3 5/8” x 5 1/8”). Ask for our envelope chart if you are searching for other sizes.