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What you need to know about printing your invitations at home

Making your own wedding invitations can be creatively rewarding and also can help save some much needed pennies when it comes to the over all wedding budget.

But before you dive head first into madly printing invitations on multiple papers and card stocks it’s important to take some time to research not only your paper options but also the printer you may already own.

While the ’trial and error’ approach can start out fun, over time it can lead to frustration and wasting money and time. We’ve come up with some tips to make sure you are armed with all the knowledge you need to make creating your invitations an enjoyable and memorable experience.

Getting to know your printer.

1) What make and model printer do you have at home? – if you still have the instruction manual it should specify what weight (or GSM) your printer is capable of printing on to. This is important because you don’t want to invest in a ream of organic textured cotton card stock if your printer can only handle light copy paper.
If you don’t have the manual you can always check online to get the model specifications.

2) What type of ink does your printer use? – is it a laser printer (which uses toner) or an ink jet (which uses ink).

In general an ink jet printers will handle a more heavily textured stock better than a laser printer. It is also good to know that if the paper is very porous, you can get some of the ink bleeding into the paper, potentially giving a less crisp, slightly blurred appearance to the printing.

A laser printer uses toner, and will print at a higher resolution and give better definition on smoother stocks, including very glossy papers. The use of toner in a laser printer also enables you to apply metallic foils to embellish your invitations (instructions coming soon!).

With technology constantly changing, so is the quality and ability of printers. If you have a very high end printer of either type, it may very well handle most card stocks with ease.

Having this information with you when you contact a paper merchant or go to the stationary store, is going to make it much easier to choose the most appropriate paper or card. The paper merchant will also be able to provide you with expert advice so you get the very best paper for your needs.

Investigate printing options

If you’ve found your perfect design and your perfect paper, but either the stock isn’t right for your printer or you aren’t happy with the results you are getting on your home printer, don’t be shy about taking your digital file and card/paper stock down to your local copy centre or professional printer.

Depending on how many invitations you are printing, usually for an affordable price, most printing business can print your invitations (and cut them too) in reasonable time frames. This way you still have a low cost method of getting the invitations you want for minimum effort.

You’ll need to provide your digital file for the printer and it’s probably easiest to do that using a USB stick. Having the GSM and brand of your paper will also be helpful for the staff to know which printer type is most appropriate.

By making your own wedding invitations you can create an invitation uniquely personal that you (and your mother in law!) will cherish. By doing a little research and getting to know your options, you can make the process fun and hassle free.