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Kristina
Just Said Yes October 2016

Etsy Invitations???

Kristina, on April 12, 2016 at 3:49 PM Posted in Do It Yourself 1 28
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So has anyone purchased a pdf wedding invitation from etsy??? If so, did you end up buying your own paper to print them on? What kind of paper did you purchase to print them on?

I'm thinking about purchasing a pdf wedding invitation off of etsy and buying possibly 120lb cardstock paper and taking it to a local printing store. I'm a little nervous doing this, I want them to look nice. Any input will help Smiley smile

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Latest activity by Rebecca, on February 14, 2021 at 7:43 AM
  • JessieLensherr
    VIP September 2016
    JessieLensherr ·
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    I recently bought a pdf for custom wedding invites from etsy! Still need to print them out so I'm curious what others may have to say..

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  • MayBride
    VIP May 2016
    MayBride ·
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    I did this. For the STDs, it was easy. I bought the template from Etsy and 110lb paper from Michaels. I just printed it on my home computer.

    The invitations got a bit more complicated. My home printer was sufficient for STDs, but I wanted the print quality to be amazing on my invitations. I bought really nice 111lb paper from LCI Paper and brought it to Staples. It got jammed and wouldn't go through, no matter the setting. I brought it to FedEx/Kinkos - same exact problem. But, I really did love the paper quality, and I had already purchased matching envelopes. So I had LCI print the invitations (I cut them myself to save money there). I do now have a bunch of unused paper (planning on using it to print the programs and menus - I can feed it through my printer)

    Basically, the moral of this story is, be careful about the paper you choose.

    P.S. It all turned out ok though! I loved my invitations and have gotten lots of compliments on them.

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  • GrumpyCatRebecca
    VIP September 2016
    GrumpyCatRebecca ·
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    I had friends who had someone on Etsy design their invitations and then they had them printed at Staples. They looked great.

    ETA - you could also use a site like Wedding Paper Divas which allows you to upload your own design.

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  • FallforLindahl
    VIP June 2017
    FallforLindahl ·
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    Following!

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  • LCya
    VIP September 2016
    LCya ·
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    I did.

    I purchased the design and printed at local fedex. I used 110lb paper and used 30% off coupon so it was not that expensive. It is not as thick as regular invitations you get but I didn't really care.

    For my design, I was able to print two invitations per page and I believe it is $1.27 per 110lb paper.

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  • R
    Super September 2016
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    I had mine designed on Etsy and printed through Cards and Pockets on their "crystal" paper. They sent me samples of my STD and invite and the quality was great. I'm very happy with how they turned out.

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  • KDS
    Super July 2016
    KDS ·
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    I purchased a PDF from Etsy and uploaded them to Zazzle to be printed. The quality was excellent and they reprinted them for free when I made an error. My invites were $1 each.

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  • mimitrue
    Master January 2016
    mimitrue ·
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    I purchased my digitally from Etsy and then printed them on Vistaprint, they have awesome sales all the time.

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  • Shelby_Erin26
    VIP September 2016
    Shelby_Erin26 ·
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    I purchased my invite templates off etsy and then used catprint.com to have them printed and I love how they turned out!

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  • RealLindseyO
    Master October 2017
    RealLindseyO ·
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    I have been wondering about this exact idea!!

    I'm just worried about having them printed- I don't think I could print them myself but worry about going to staples, etc. Has anyone had any problems with a retail store printing them for you?

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  • MayBride
    VIP May 2016
    MayBride ·
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    @LindseyO, I did (see above). But I was too ambitious with the paper I chose. You can't get really heavy paper and expect it to go through a Staples printer. But, with the right paper, their print quality is great.

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  • Molly
    Expert July 2016
    Molly ·
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    We bought ours on etsy, we printed at office depot on 120 stock, loved them!!

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  • Jacky
    Master June 2017
    Jacky ·
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    I'm sure they will look great if you bought one. A little bit about that, though- sometimes, the thing about purchasing templates from Etsy sellers, is they are not always sized right. Especially with PDFs, you can't really tell what the measurements or DPI (dots per inch) are. It should be 300 DPI to print. There are some great designs on Etsy, you just have to scope them out. Sometimes, the printer that that the buyers take it to can't print it out with the proper size. Also, a lot of printers or printing companies like VistaPrint and Staples sometimes print low quality results. If you tried doing it yourself with your own printer, you may end up with a trash can full of paper that you spent money on. I'm a graphic designer and I sold invitations on Etsy, and I've had all of these problems in the past. I finally invested in a professional printer and sold them printed by me. Don't do that. That's very expensive, lol. Not saying you shouldn't buy a pdf or use any of those companies, (they can be great and cost effective, and I'm sure yours would look lovelySmiley smile, so some advice- make sure the templates are the right measurements and PPI, make sure it's in CMYK mode (colors will be completely different if it's in RGB), make sure there's crop marks, and don't use Walmart. It's low quality. If your'e not sure of the measurements or document mode, definitely ask the Etsy seller those questions, and the printer you take it to will be able to help, also. Sorry about rambling if you already knew all that, lol. There's nothing to worry about if they are just right. Good luck with them!

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  • j_rae423
    Dedicated April 2016
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    I did this. I just took the file to staples and they printed and cut them. It was only about 85 dollars for 150 invitations. They had paper there for me to pick from so I just went with on of those choices.

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  • EllisMai
    Devoted February 2017
    EllisMai ·
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    @Jacky - wow, thank you! I was thinking of doing this, and I definitely didn't know all of that.

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  • EllisMai
    Devoted February 2017
    EllisMai ·
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    @Jacky - wow, thank you! I was thinking of doing this, and I definitely didn't know all of that.

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  • Ericka
    Expert December 2016
    Ericka ·
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    Its funny that this came up I am looking at invites on there right now and was wondering the same thing I thought about just having them print them but the cost they seem to be charging is pretty steep.

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  • StephyC
    Dedicated January 2016
    StephyC ·
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    Seems like it would be the same as ordering. Because you will be paying for ink, paper and print job. Plus the time... I bought mine at Hobby lobby and just printed the font on my own. Got 50 invitations for $9 and came with RSVP and envelope Smiley smile let me know if you want me to post a picture if your interested. People thought I got them from some fancy place haha

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  • Kelly King
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    I would ask the place you plan to take them for printing what paper stocks they offer first. Many digital printers can't handle 120 lb. Cover stock. That is a letterpress or offset press paper weight.

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  • Dana S.
    Dedicated June 2016
    Dana S. ·
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    I design my own items and I will post a pic of my wedding program and I print on a thick card stock. Or you can you photo paper if you want the glossy


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