So, you’re starting – or growing- your journey as an invitation designer or printer! Go you!! And you’re probably wondering what the Best Printer for An Invitation Business is. If you’ve read my blog about The Best Printer to Print Heavy Cardstock, then you might know my favorite one already. But let’s break down my favorite printer for your invitation design or printing business.
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Starting Your Invitation Business
If you’re thinking about starting an invitation business, where you design and print invitations for your clients, then, you go girl! I think that entrepreneurship is one of the most amazing things you can experience in your life! It will teach you so much about yourself and what you’re capable of – which is a lot more than you think! That’s why I wrote this blog, Get Over Your Fear and Start Your Side Hustle, over on The Celebration Effect.
However, on your entrepunerial journey, there are a lot of questions that arise when you first start your invitation business. And inevitably, the first question in starting an invitation business is what the best printer would be to print those invitations with! So let me tell you how I discovered the best printer for an invitation business.
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How I Discovered The Best Printer for An Invitation Business
It all started when I created my business, A Touch of LA and with my Etsy Shop, making custom and digital party decorations for my customers. Because I create custom decorations that match a particular style and theme, the items can’t be found anywhere else. That means I’m designing everything invitations at the start of the party, to signs and favors during the party, and the thank you notes that are potentially sent out afterward. I felt confident in the decorations I was creating, but I felt a little intimidated by the invitations. Why? Because there are so many amazing places to print your invitations online these days, that it feels hard to measure up!
I wanted to make my invitations were just as nice as the ones coming from those online printing shops. That meant that the invitations needed to be both vibrant and beautiful colors, and to feel the way that the invitations feel from those online shops. That means that the printer needs to have the capability of printing on quality heavy cardstock invitation paper, which, as it turns out, is quite hard to come by!
The Best Printer for An Invitation Business
Here’s the thing. Most printers do NOT print on paper that weights over 72 lbs. Sure, you can attempt it, but it will not feed through in your regular everyday printer! (And I say this from experience!). When I discovered this information, I went on a search for The Best Printer for An Invitation Business, and literally, only came up with ONE. I am sorry it’s so limited, but It’s really the truth of the matter. (That said, if you find another one, please DM me on Instagram and tell me about it, so I can include it here!)
The Best Printer for Your Invitation Business is The CANON PIXMA PRO-100.
I believe the Canon Pixma Pro-100 is the best cardstock printer for your business. Why? I personally own this printer and use for all my invitation printing. My husband found it on Slick Deals and got a way better price than this – to the tune of $75.00! (Yes, he’s my hero).
Here are the pros and cons:
- Prints on 110 lb. cardstock paper
- Loads large paper from the back so it doesn’t crease the paper
- Prints borderless (No need to cut your invitations!)
- Prints 5 x 7 sheets through 13 x 19
- It’s Huge (Seriously)
- Doesn’t scan or copy
- Has trouble feeding through the 5 x 7 cards sometimes (and I have to practice my patience!)
- The ink is expensive (Don’t fret! Read below for the knockoff ink I recommend!)
More Than Just Invitations
The best part about this printer is that it also prints all the regular stuff just fine! You can use it for all your printing needs!
Knockoff Ink for the Canon Pixma Pro-100
Don’t tell Canon, but this knockoff ink works perfectly with this printer. It’s basically the same and is INSANELY cheaper than the original. I have also purchased this black and grey ink if you do a lot of black and white printing.
The Best Paper For Your Invitation Business
Ultimately, you’re next question will inevitably be, What is the best paper for my invitation business? I defintiely have some experience with that, and you can read about The Best Cardstock Invitation Paper here.
You might also be interested in the following articles:
How to Sell on Etsy and Your Website
Why You Should Start Before You’re Ready
Lastly, thank you so much for taking the time to read about The Best Printer for An Invitation Business. I hope this gives you some ideas about starting your own invitation business! I love to help you celebrate life through party decorations and personal development! But above all, I’d love to connect with you. Reach out to me on Instagram and let’s chat.