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Our Printed Cards

Ordering printed cards from us is for those who want a one-step process on thick lovely paper.

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DIY Print-Ready Files

This option is perfect for those who want to choose their printing method and budget. You can print at home, at a copy shop, with a professional printer, with an online service, or some can even be done in letterpress.

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Printing Methods for Print-Ready Files

• Printing at home

• Printing at a copy shop

• Using an online service

• Using a professional shop

• Letterpress 

  


 

Our Card Sizes  

Wedding Cards

 
Save The Date—5" x 7"
Save The Date postcard—5-1/2" x 4-1/4"
Invitation—5" x 7"
Response Card—3-1/2" x 5" (regular), or 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (large)
Response Card postcard—4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
Information Card—4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
Directions Card—4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
Thank You Card—4-1/4" x 5-1/2" folded
 
 

Other stationery

 
General Invitations—4-5/8" x 6-1/4"
Artist Prints—8-1/2" x 11"
 
 

 

Printing at home

The most budget-friendly choice of all, and it can feel great to put a little diy into your event. Paper, envelopes and ink can cost as little as $50–$70 to cover 100 invitations and response cards.

Downloadable Print-Ready Samples

To test out your printer download the samples below and see if you like them. Make sure your printer is set to its highest quality setting, and that it is set to print same size (rather than scale to fit).

If you are thinking of printing a postcard do a test print of the front and back—some inkjet printers print slightly off-center, but we might be able to compensate for it in your final files.

Download color chart
Download invitation
Download rsvp
Download rsvp postcard back

*Note that colors often print differently from how they appear onscreen, due to the difference in computer monitors, printers and paper.

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Recommended paper sources

There are tons of beautiful paper choices out there. We suggest cardstock, otherwise known as cover paper or 80 lb.+ paper, to test what your printer can handle. The heavier the paper, the more beautiful the stationery.

Paper and More
Papersource
LCI Paper
Cards and Pockets
Treecycle

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Cutting out your cards 

If you are the kind of person who is handy with an Exacto knife or a papercutter, you can easily cut the paper yourself. There are cropmarks showing where to cut—if using an Exacto knife be sure to cut within the paper edges or you will lose your cropmarks. We can also put very faint dotted lines around the cards if you feel that would make it easier for you to cut them out.

If you would rather leave the trimming to a professional, ask your local print shop or copying center for their rates. These are generally very cheap. Make sure you take in a sample and see if they are able to cut accurately before you commit to them.

 


 

Printing at a copy shop

It's very affordable to print at a local copy shop or at a Kinko's, Staples or OfficeMax. Printing and paper average at $70–$90 to print 100 invitations and response cards (sometimes even less).

Contact the copy shop to find out the heaviest paper they can handle, as the heavier the cardstock the more lovely the invitation. Different copy shops have different printers. You should always test out a PDF on the paper of your choice.

Copy shops often have the option of cutting out your stationery for you. But make sure that you feel their cutting is accurate! It can vary greatly from shop to shop.

 


 

Using an online printing service

An easy and budget-friendly option for your print-ready files. We can format invitations for many online printers. Note: some companies have different sizes than our standard cards. See above for our card sizes.

Popular Choices 

 
GreenerPrinter
Mercurio Brothers
Cards and Pockets 
 
 

 

Using a professional shop

The benefit of using a local professional print shop is quality quality quality, which of course comes with a higher price. Contact print shops in your area and ask what their rates are—they can vary from being $1 per card to $4 or more.

Professional shops can print in a number of beautiful ways—digital, offset, metallic inks, engraving and thermography. Ask your printer about their options.

 


 

Printing in letterpress

The truly luxe way to do your invitations. It is expensive, but produces the most gorgeous stationery of all. Printing 100 Invitations and response cards generally starts at around $300. (Actually, using our customized print-ready files is one of the most affordable way to have customized letterpressed stationery.) See our Letterpress-Ready section for which designs can be letterpressed. 

Recommended letterpress printers:


Mercurio Brothers
Boxcar Press
Thomas Printers
DWRI Letterpress
 
Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, we know how complicated printing can be.
 
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