Printing your own invitations can be more cost effective and can be faster to an extent. Being able to receive a customized proof from a trusted company in the same day can put your mind at ease. Trying to plan and coordinate a wedding can be difficult and stressful. Because of that, Victoria from VG Invites wants to make sure that you have a flawless product and a smooth experience when you order from her. We have compiled a number of tips to ensure that the entire customization and printing process goes efficiently and faultlessly.
VG Invites invitations and printables are designed to be printed on premium white card stock. However, some designs lend themselves to be printed on kraft paper or other stocks. Suggestions for paper stocks can be found in the invitation listing you purchased. You will receive high quality digital files in a JPEG and PDF file (unless you chose to receive printed invites) If you have any questions, remember to message Victoria as soon as you can as she is happy to help.
NOTE: The colors of your invitations may appear to be off on your computer monitor. That is because your files were designed in CMYK (for printing). Your computer monitor reads colors in RGB (which distorts the true colors). It is best to print out a sample to be certain that the colors are as you intended before printing your full batch.
PRINTING FROM ZAZZLE.COM
If you would like to upload your invitations to www.zazzle.com and receive professionally printed invitations, on quality paper stocks, with choices of die cuts and free envelopes you can do that with VG Invites. Victoria will supply a high quality jpeg file with your order, at your request, that is suited for this purpose (note: you may also email the jpeg to a professional printer of your choice). The instructions for printing with Zazzle are easy.
1) Click on the link below:
2) In the navigation bare at the top of your screen select "Create" then select "Invitation".
3) Select your invitation size from a variety of sizes. Note: Most of VG Invites invitations are a standard 5x7 and RSVP's are a standard 5x3.5.
4) Upload your files. You can upload both the front and back sides of your invitation and see them online instantly. Be sure to select "Vertical" or "Horizontal"...depending on your invitations orientation.
5) Select your paper stock from a variety of stocks offered by Zazzle. VG Invites loves the quality of the Pearl Shimmer stock. You may have to scroll down a bit to locate the paper stock.
6) Select your shape. You can choose rounded corners, a bracket shape, and more...
7) Select the number of invitations you would like and "Add To Cart".
It is that simple. You will receive white envelopes with your order at no extra cost. The more invitations you order the cheaper the price.
PRINTING FROM A LAPTOP OR DESKTOP
Victoria has included a pdf file that is suited perfectly for printing from home or your local copy center (Such as Office Depot). You can open your files with the latest version of Acrobat Reader. If you don't have Acrobat Reader on your computer, you can download it for free at http://get.adobe.com/reader/. Once you have the file open, simply click "File" then "Print". For best results be sure to select "Letter" from the "Media Size" and "Do Not Scale" from "Scaling". See the dialog box below. Your dialog box may vary slightly from ours.
The digital files for the invitations come 2 to an 8.5x11 sheet. They cut down to a standard 5x7 size. The RSVP cards come 4 to an 8.5x11 sheet and cut down to a standard 5x3.5. You can purchase envelopes through VG Invites in various sizes and colors to suite your wedding theme. This will save you the hassle of having to go out and find the right envelopes in the same shades and colors of your invitations.
The standard suggestion when printing is to use premium white card stock. However, some designs look best on rustic kraft stock, while others would look great on a parchment stock. If you would like suggestions, please convo Victoria. She is always happy to give advice.
CUTTING TO SIZE
When cutting your invitations down to size, you can cut using a cutting board, paper cutter, or a straight edge and Xacto knife.
The straight edge and Xacto knife method works well when cutting small amounts of invitations. If you don’t have access to an industrial paper cutter, gather your wedding party together with the necessary supplies and have them help out. Note: I wouldn’t offer the wine and beer until after you take the sharp instruments away.
If you need a little more guidance, check out Victoria’s tutorial:
If you would like a little more tutelage, check out this informative video from Victoria:
PRINTING FROM YOUR PHONE OR TABLET
Most smartphones have an Adobe Reader App as well. If your phone doesn’t come with this program pre-installed, look at your app store to find a reader. Open the files in the reader and print wirelessly by sending it to your printer, if that option is available to you. Otherwise, you can open the jpeg file and print it via wireless connection.
Another option is to save the files to your microSD card. Most tiny cards come with adapters. Slip the microSD card into the SD card adapter, slip that into the slot in your printer, and print the PDF files that way.
If you want to print using your local office supply store, you can do so by either e-mailing them the PDF file or using the SD card method. Check to see which option works best with the printing service. Make sure that you mention to the clerk that they should print at actual size and center to page.
If you want to print using a professional printer, let Victoria know and she will supply you with the necessary files for your printer.
Do you have any questions or thoughts? Victoria would love to hear from you! Remember to jot down those ideas and ponderings in the comment section below!