So, you’ve decided to DIY your wedding stationery, but now you’re wondering how to print wedding invitations at home? Yup, I’ve been there. Luckily for you, with tons of trial and error, I’ve got some tips to help you get the best results. Read on!
How to Print Wedding Invitations at Home:
My guide on how to make wedding invitations runs through a whole range of options for DIY stationery methods – many of which will need to be printed off. If you’re considering printing at home, then there are three main things to consider:
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1) Paper/ Card
- You need to be realistic about the weight/ thickness of card if you opt for at-home printing. You won’t be able to have super-heavy formal invitations, but with a bit of experimentation you can identify the best quality card-weight that your printer can handle (mine is c. 220 gsm/ c. 80 lb).
- Be aware of how printing quality will be affected by the finish of paper. For example, glossy paper may use more ink and textured paper may be more likely to have bleeding ink. Buy a sample of the paper you’re hoping to use to check how well your printer performs with it.
- Consider what size card you need. If you’re looking to cut costs as much as possible, it may be cheaper to print a few invites onto an A4 card and then cut to size using a paper trimmer (I use this one!). However, this is time consuming and can can add to the margin of error. You could opt instead to buy card stock pre-cut to the size you need (e.g. A6/ postcard size).
2) Invitation Design
- Bear in mind that very colour heavy designs will be harder to print at home – for example, designs with a black chalkboard background, or very image heavy will use a lot of ink and you may find, depending on your printer, that you struggle to get the colour vibrancy you want. Try a couple of test runs with your printer to check how colour looks and the quality of the print before committing to printing all of your invites.
- If you buy or download a free wedding printable you may find that it is laid out with ‘bleed-lines’ to ensure that any design elements that touch the edge of the card are printed. You may need to trim down the bleed with a paper trimmer.
3) Your Printer & Ink
- Maximise printing quality by tweaking the settings. I use a Canon MP495 and through many test runs, I’ve found that the following works best for me:
- Choose ‘photo paper’ as the paper type (even for normal paper).
- Make sure you choose the highest quality colour option.
- You can get streaks on the card if the printer rollers are dirty. Look the option in printer settings to clean the rollers. Tip: Google the instructions for your printer model if you get stuck!
- Choose the right paper size. If there’s no exact size option in your printer settings, you can create a custom size within the settings. Tip: save that custom size so you can reuse it for other stationery of the same size at a later date!
- Again, it can be specific for each printer, but you may want to experiment to see if you can get away with purchasing ‘generic’ ink cartridges vs. premium branded cartridges. You can usually find a generic cartridge to fit your printer model and they tend to be a lot cheaper – which is important when you may be using quite a lot of ink.
There you have it – my best tips on how to print wedding invitations at home! Once you have the hang of it, you might want to check out the free wedding printables available on the blog for your printing pleasure – from save the dates, to banners and thank you cards, you can go wild!
Psst! If you’re feeling overwhelmed you can always opt for professional printing. Professional printing could end up being just as cost-effective and less hassle. I’m a big fan of Printed.com whom I used for my own wedding.