HOW TO PRINT YOUR OWN WEDDING INVITATIONS

STEP 1: Are you Printing it Yourself or Taking it to Printers?

If you’re printing your invitations yourself, go to Step 2.

If you’re taking your invitations to a printing company or if you have a Laser printer, skip to Step 5.

PRINT IT YOURSELF:

STEP 2: Open your Print it Yourself Template

If you’ve already downloaded your template from our website and saved it to your computer, open it now. If you haven’t downloaded your template go to the product page you ordered your invitations from and select your templates for download.

Our Print it Yourself templates are designed to be printed on the pre-cut cards you ordered, not on 8.5” x 11” size card stock.

If you don’t yet have your invitation designed and ready to print, read our page on How to Design Your Own Wedding Invitations. This will walk you through the steps so you end up with a finished design for your invitation that is ready to print!

STEP 3: Print a Test Sheet

Now print a test sheet to make sure everything looks right. Use one of the Test Sheets that came with your kit (or just cut a piece of scrap card to the right size). Put it into the printer tray and remember to put it in so the shortest side hits the roller first (see Illustration 1 below).

Printer

And if you run into problems with printing, we have a page on how to troubleshoot printing problems to help you resolve any issues.

Two things you should remember about Printer Trays:

  1. First, make sure you put the cards in long ways, i.e. so that the shortest side hits the roller first (see Illustration 1 below).

  2. Second, when you put the blank cards into the printer tray you then have to move the guides up close to each side. Some printers have a single guide, generally on the left side of the cards. Other printers have 2 guides – one on each side of the cards. Both will work – just make sure your guides are snug up against the cardstock so the cards can’t wiggle or wander as they go into the rollers, as this may make the print crooked.

STEP 4: Print

Now that you’ve finalized the design so that it prints perfectly on the test sheet, you can go ahead and print everything. We would still suggest however that you only print a short stack of cards at a time and check them for quality as they come out so if something goes wrong you’ll catch it immediately and not waste a stack of your blank cards.

Give the cards a few minutes to dry before handling them or assembling. If you are printing vellums, we suggest you give them a longer time to dry – at least 5 minutes in a warm room because vellum paper does not absorb ink as quickly as ordinary cardstock does.

Also Vellum paper is sensitive to humidity so if you live in a humid climate, you may find you need to place a ruler or a book on one edge of each vellum as it dries to keep it flat. If it does curl while drying, no need to worry – it will go flat again when placed on top of the invitation card and placed in the envelope.

TAKE TO PRINTERS:

STEP 5: Open your Take to Printers Template

If you’ve already downloaded your template from our website and saved it to your computer, open it now. If you haven’t downloaded your template go to the product page you ordered your invitations from and select your templates for download.

Our Take to Printers templates are designed to be printed on 8.5” x 11” size card stock which is what you will have received when ordering. Remember that these Take to Printers templates have the designs 2-up or 4-up on a page so you have to put your own wording in all of them.

STEP 6: Test the finished design

Now print a test sheet to make sure everything looks right. Use one of the Test Sheets that came with your kit or just use an ordinary piece of 8.5” x 11” paper.

STEP 7: Printing and cutting

If you’re satisfied with your finished design, you now have two choices:

  1. If you want to save money, you can print everything yourself and then just take the printed card stock to a Printers for cutting to size (this costs very little), or
  2. If you want to save yourself labor, you can take the whole thing to a printer and have them do all the printing and cutting.

If you decide to get a printing company to do all the printing and cutting, you’ll need to first save the file as a .pdf file as this is the format most printers like Staples or Kinko's or Office Depot require. It’s very simple to do.

Here’s how to convert your Word document into a pdf: Click on SAVE AS in the Home menu bar. This will display a Dialog Box. At the bottom are two drop down menus; File Name and Save As Type. Click on SAVE AS TYPE and then select PDF. That’s it! You’ve now saved your document as a pdf file. Just copy the file onto a flash drive or CD and take it to a printing company. Many printing companies allow you to upload your pdf file directly to their website. However remember you’ll still need to take them the card stock you received with your order.

Convert to pdf

See also:

How to Design Your Own Wedding Invitations

How to Assemble Your Own Wedding Invitations

Troubleshooting Invitation Design Problems

Troubleshooting Invitation Printing Problems