Printing Invitations

The most common question I get is “how do I print my invitation?”

Honestly, if you’ve never purchased a printable file – it can be intimidating!  The good news is that it doesn’t have to be!  There are a lot of options for printing your file … you just have to decide what you want to print on.

For some people, the easiest method is to upload the 5×7 jpg file to their favorite online photo processing center.  You would upload just like you would when you are going to order your family photos for an album.  When it comes to this method of printing, my personal preference is to make sure you select a matte (or lustre) finish otherwise you will get a shiny/glossy invite which may not be what you had in mind.  The matte/lustre finish will look most like an invitation as opposed to a photo.

My personal preference is printing invitations is to either print them on plain white cardstock at home on your own printer or to send them to your local copy center for printing (e.g. Staples/Office Max/etc.)   Whichever method you choose, I STRONGLY urge you to NOT print on pre-cut 5×7 paper.  It can be quite a nightmare for both you and me to try to trouble shoot to determine why it’s not printing correctly.

My recommendation is to print two invites on a standard page and then trim to size.

For the methods listed above (photo center, home printer or copy house), you’ll need to purchase A7 envelopes (5.25×7.25).  You can typically find them at your local craft store in the card making section.  I know that Joann’s Fabrics carries them and they are usually around  $5.99 for 20 or 25 white envelopes – don’t forget your 40% off coupon.

There are also several online card-printing services that will deliver the printed cards with the envelopes right to your door.  Try www.winkflash.com or www.mpix.com.  I’m sure that there are others but these are the two that I’ve used and liked what I’ve seen.

(please note – the above information is just my own personal opinion based on my own experience.  I can’t guarantee that you will have the same experience when printing.  These are just guidelines.  If you have specific questions or recommendations, please email me at donna@swishprintables.com and I’ll see what I can do to help.)