Now that you know what digital party decorations are, you know that purchasing a digital party invitation for any occasion, like a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party, grad party, or retirement party can be a great way to save money when planning a party. However, some people can feel a little intimidated by the idea that they’ll have to print it themselves! For example, you might be wondering how and where to print digital invitations from Etsy and elsewhere. Let’s discuss!
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Have you recently purchased a digital party invitation on Etsy or somewhere else on the web? Whether you purchased your digital invitation from my shop on Etsy, my digital parties on my website, or another online shop, you might have questions. I can absolutely relate to that. As an invitation designer, I always hope that my clients feel confident that they can print digital invitations themselves. Otherwise, you wouldn’t even pursue buying a digital invitation, right!? So let’s talk more about how and where to print digital invitations.
Step One: Downloading Your File
Firstly, you’ll need to download your digital invitation. If you purchased a digital invitation on Etsy, you’ll need to be on a computer to do so. (Nope! They don’t tell you that. So if you don’t have a computer, you might have to run to a neighbor’s house or head to a FedEx and use their internet. I also highly recommend FedEx for printing :)) If you purchased from another online retailer, like through my digital parties page, then the file will be emailed to you. You can download the digital invitation straight from your email.
Saving and or Formatting a Digital Invitation for Printing
Next comes the saving and formatting. Most of the digital invitations that I create (and many others on Etsy and elsewhere) will come as a standard 5 x 7 JPG file. A JPG file is your typical photo file, just like the photos that are on your phone. It’s easy to save to your desktop or elsewhere on your computer.
Alternately, if you purchased an editable PDF Invitation, you’ll want to read How to Easily Edit and Print a PDF Invitation for tips, tricks, and tutorials on how to edit and save. There’s also a section on that article describing how to covert the edited PDF invitation to a JPG, if neccessary.
Where to Print Digital Invitations From Etsy and Elsewhere
Now, let’s talk about where to print your invitations. First, there’s the cheaper option of printing your invitations from home. Alternatively, using a printing service. which I have some recommendations for further down.
Printing Digital Invitations at Home
Printing invitations at home is one of my favorite things because it’s fun to DIY and is less costly than printing with an online service. I have a ton of blogs helping you print invitations from home that I think will all be great resources for you:
- Print Your Own Invitations: Everything You Need to Know
- The Best Paper to Print Invitations
- The Best Printer for Cardstock Invitations
- How to Print Invitations Without A Borderless Printer
Invitation Printing Services For Your Electronic Invitations
As much as I love printing at home, there are times when I recommend using a printing service. Especially when you have a ton to print, or don’t have the time or supplies you need. After a lot of trial and error, I am confident in my recommendations to help you decide the best printer option for your party decoration needs.
Print Invitations From Etsy or Elsewhere With Vistaprint
My first recommendation, if you’re looking to print invitations online for a baby shower, birthday party, retirement party, or any occasion is Vistaprint. I like Vistaprint because they ship super quick and usually have great discount codes on their site! That’s why I would highly recommend Vistaprint for wedding invitations. Additionally, they have RSVP cards (5.5″ x 4″) that can also double as a book card for a baby shower. I really like this option, and honestly, not a lot of other vendors offer this size of a card, surprisingly.
Printing Invitations From Etsy or Elsewhere with Shutterfly
The next recommendation I would have for when you print invitations online is Shutterfly. This is similar platform to Vistaprint. I personally think it has just a tad bit better user experience as far as their online uploading is concerned, however, not by much. They have some great pre-designed invitations, or just upload your design, and get it printed and shipped!
And lastly, I’m always looking to save money on my invitations! Therefore, you’ll be happy to know that Shutterfly also has great coupons and deals at different times during the year, as well! You’ll have to compare who is having the best sale at the moment you are reading this.
Print Invitations From Etsy or Elsewhere With Prints of Love
Next, have you heard of Prints of Love? They are wonderful! Prints of Love is similar to Vistaprint in that they offer simplicity, affordability, and speedy online printing services. You get high quality, professional printing without wasting your time or sacrificing your budget. They also print addressed envelopes so you don’t have to worry about that part, which I love. Hello, easy! If Prints of Love sounds like your best printer option, you should definitely check them out more.
Another Invitation Printing Service: Canva
Last, but certainly not least is Canva. You may have heard of Canva if you have a small business or work for a company to design social media posts. Or maybe you’ve used them to design newsletters, presentations, and more. However, did you know you can also design and print invitations using the platform? I didn’t either1 But when I found out, I was excited. I feel like Canva is pretty user friendly. That gets me excited about the idea of designing and printing invitations through their site. The only pro tip I have for you on Canva is to NOT use the Canva app on your phone. If you do, you may just faint with exhaustion and frustration. Definitely do your designing from a computer for this particular platform. You won’t regret it.
If you are printing your invitation using heavy cardstock paper, that one can be a bit tricky. I am always printing on cardstock (like the heavy cardstock listed below) for my business, and it is frustrating finding the right printer for cardstock printing. That’s why, when I finally found the best printer for printing digital party decorations even on heavy cardstock paper, I had to tell everyone! Which is why I wrote another blog on the best printer for heavy cardstock paper, that you definitely might want to read if you are printing invitations on heavy cardstock paper.
I think that about sums up with everything you need to know about How and Where to Print Digital Invitations! I hope it was super helpful! If you want more info on printing digital party decorations, you might want to check out another blog I wrote called DIY Party Decorations on a budget, as well as What are Digital Party Decorations?
Time to Celebrate Life!
Lastly, thank you so much for taking the time to read about How and Where to Print Digital Invitations! I hope this gives you some ideas about printing digital invitations for an upcoming event!I love to help you celebrate life through party decorations and beyond. Above all, I’d love to connect with you. Reach out to me on Instagram and let’s chat, or continue celebrating your life with The Celebration Effect.