Let’s face it. If you’re planning a wedding, a birthday party, or another event, you’re probably on some kind of budget. We all want to save money where we can! If you’ve read about DIY Party Decorations on A Budget, then you’re probably interested in saving money on your invitations as well. So if you’re looking to print your own invitations at home in order to save money, here’s everything you need to know!
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As a party decorations and an invitation designer, I’ve asked myself all the important questions about the best ways to print your own invitations. There’s so many different things you have to worry about, right? From the paper choices, to the printer, to the formatting. Let’s talk about printing your own invitations at home for any occasion.
Print Your Own Invitations With The Best Cardstock Paper for Invitations
First, you’re probably wondering about the best paper to print your own cardstock invitations. So what kind of paper should you use? Well that depends on the paper weight capacity of your printer. Most printers can only print on lighter cardstock, which we’ll discuss further down.
That being said, the light cardstock paper I recommend, for your invitations is this InkPress Media 5 x 7 paper. This cardstock paper prints vibrant colors and is what I typically use to print my invitations, along with these standard 5 x 7 envelopes.
However, if your printer has the capacity to print on heavier cardstock paper, below I’ve listed some great options that I think are awesome. I recommend, the Hamilco Linen Cardstock, the Ultra Thick 5″ x 7″ Cardstock or the Sustainable Greetings Index Cards. They are also listed below and you can grab them on Amazon. If you want more information about this cardstock paper, you can read my blog about The Best Cardstock Paper For Invitations.
Best Printers for Cardstock Invitations
Even before I started A Touch of LA, LLC, or my Etsy Shop, I was printing my own invitations at home. One of the things I learned is that you can print nice invitations on almost all printers – even on one that is super old and you think might not do the job. In my experience, they can all do a decent job. However, there is one specific printer that is my favorite to print your own invitations.
As mentioned, only specific printers can print borderless and on super heavy cardstock paper. Therefore, if those two things are important to you, I recommend the Canon Pixma Pro-100. It is the best printer for invitations, in my opinion, because f the following. It prints on up to 110 LLB card stock paper, loads large paper from the back so it doesn’t crease the paper, prints borderless, and is just plane awesome. The only problems with it are that it’s huge, doesn’t scan or copy, and the ink can be expensive. I talk much more about this printer and paper weight in The Best Printer for Heavy Cardstock Paper.
How to Print Your Own Invitations if You Don’t Have A Borderless Printer
Okay, so let’s say you have your regular old printer and you don’t want to buy a new one, and it doesn’t print on 5 x 7 paper. No worries! I have a work around for you. You can absolutely print on your regular 8.5 x 11 cardstock and cut the paper to 5 x 7 sheets. Below is the instructions on how to do it.
- Open a blank Word Doc
- Click Orientation > select Landscape (So your page is the wider rather than longer. Is that the hot dog way? I forget! LOL)
- Copy the PDF Invitation and place it on your Word Doc
- Right click on the image > select “Wrap Text” > “Move In Front of Text”
- Right click on the image and copy and paste it so you now have two to a page
- If you need help with cut lines, go up to Insert > Shape, and insert a rectangle that runs behind your invitations. Right click the shape and “move it to back”. (This allows you to have cut lines on your invitations)
Below is a video outlining what I mentioned above:
Below is the paper I recommend to use if you are printing on 8.5 x 11 paper and planning to cut it. This should work perfectly in any printer.
And finally, if you need help with how to cut your invitations with a great cutter, I talk about that in my blog, Print Beautiful Invitations at Home.
Time to Celebrate Life!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about how to Print Your Own Invitations! I hope this gives you some ideas about printing invitations for an upcoming event! Tell me below what you thought! 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.