The most common question I get asked about my digital printable designs is where to take the files for printing. There are a few options for printing depending on your budget. So here is my list of possible options. (Please note this is Melbourne and Australia specific so international customers please check with your local print shops and retail stores.)
1. Leave it to the pros
For those that want to outsource their invitations and signages to a printing company, there are a lot of online printing services where you can upload your files and they will take care of the rest. I highly recommend it if you want your invitations on extra thick or luxurious specialty paper and you'll need it for poster printing (anything bigger than A3). The great thing about having your invitations professionally printed is that it delivers immaculate results and you have almost no restrictions on paper stock or finishes. It also saves you time on cutting out your invitations. (If you place a printable order with me, I am happy to design your file to the necessary specifications of your chosen printer for free).
These are my recommended printers:
Officeworks Print and Copy now offer invitation printing services. They have a small range of specialty paper stock you can choose from for an affordable price. Although the choice of paper stock is limited, it is enough to make your invitation look and feel beautiful. You can upload your design onto their website and pick it up at your local store or get it delivered to your door.
3. Print at home
If you are on a tight budget and not too fussed about the print quality, your home printer can do a decent job. However keep in mind that home printer ink is quite expensive and you may have ink leakages or unexpected technical problems. I would only recommend this option if you're printing items such as Save the Dates or party invitations on lightweight paper i.e. not thick cardstock.
My printer at home is an Epson XP-700 which I use to print out my designs as a sample to see what they look like. The other day I needed to print just one page in black and white but I had run out of black ink and had to buy the whole set of 5 colour cartridges because my printer wouldn't work without all of them. So that ended up costing me over $120 in printer ink.
Having said that, I have used my printer to print items on beautiful textured stock such as 300gsm Wild (35% cotton) card from Paperpoint (as pictured above) and they turned out amazing. My printer has a rear feeder which allows for heavier cardstock to be used so check if yours is capable of printing on card before purchasing any paper.
4. Get creative
Just because you are on a budget doesn't mean your stationery can't have the wow factor. If you plan on printing your invites at home, you have the freedom to get creative and add the handmade element to your invitations! You can make it as unique as you like!
If you have any questions about printing please don't hesitate to get in contact!