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Elizabeth, on May 14, 2019 at 16:28 Posted in Plan a wedding 0 15

Hey ladies and gents,

i am wondering where everyone got their invites? we are on a budget and hoping not to spend a ton on stationary.

i was looking on vista print but they didn't really have what i was looking for.



Latest activity by Bianca, on May 21, 2019 at 12:52
  • Bianca
    Master August 2019 Ontario
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    Have you tried Zazzle? They have a lot more options than Vista Print! I just found that their website was not as user-friendly as Vista Print tho.

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  • Claire
    Frequent user September 2019 Ontario
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    I am diy-ing my invites myself. I just bought a bundle template at etsy and go from there. I attached pic of what I wanted to do except the color of the envelopes are eggplant purple and im using magnolia flowers as overlay and liner.

    Stationary 1
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  • Jenn
    Frequent user April 2019 Saskatchewan
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    We used Optimal Print, as I couldn't quite find the pattern that I was looking for at Vista Print. Overall, super happy with them!
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  • Kelly
    Expert September 2019 Manitoba
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    We got ours at Minted. I know they're a bit more pricey than other places like vistaprint, but I wanted to share our experience:

    1. FREE. ENVELOPE ADDRESSING. I would say that the more expensive price tag on these invitations is 100% worth it 10 times over for the free envelope addressing. All we had to do was stick a stamp on and glue them shut. Amazing.

    2. We found ways to save. We didn't do RSVP cards (just did online RSVPs), and we opted to pay an extra $30 for having all the hotel and RSVP info on the back of the invitation rather than as separate info cards.

    3. Minted employs actual artists, and when you choose that artist's design, they are making money from that sale. As people who work in the arts, this was important to us. Artists supporting artists.

    4. Cheaper places like vistaprint generally have similar items, but those designs are usually ripped off of the designs you find on places like Minted. See below the design we chose from Minted, and the fugly vistaprint knockoff.

    MintedStationary 2

    VistaprintStationary 3

    I know cheaper places like vistaprint are attractive to couples trying to save wherever they can for their wedding. A couple people below suggested Etsy, and I would say that's a really great option. You'd be supporting a small business, and you can still use vistaprint to upload the design and still get the cheaper printing. When you're working directly with the business owner/artists too, you might be able to tell them what you have in mind and they can perhaps do something custom? Worth checking out!!

    Good luck on your search. I hope you find something great!

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  • Allison
    Master October 2019 Ontario
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    I'm designing my invites myself, only because I couldn't find anything I liked on vista print or any other sites or had to pay for a template off Etsy. I'm getting them printed locally but you can upload designs to staples/vista print and they'll print for you.

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  • Allison
    Frequent user June 2019 Ontario
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    We used Staples, but I designed my invitations, rsvp and info cards myself. I also made sure that for the RSVP cards and the info cards I could fit 4 to a page. I also only printed in rich black ink to bring the cost down.

    In the end I could have waited for Vistaprint to have a sale for 50% off and got our invitations with colour but then I would have had to pay to upgrade to Kraft envelopes that I wanted and it would have cost us more money in the long run.

    Moral of the story, you can customize your designs for Vistaprint like others have mentioned in this post and get the look you want. They have two sales a year where everything online is 50% off and their quality is good, I think the next one should be around July but you can sign up for email offers and find out when it happens.

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  • Alyssa
    Curious October 2021 Ontario
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    We are getting a design off Etsy and uploading it to VistaPrint.

    VistaPrint has good sales - we are getting our invites ready now so that when they have their next 50% off sale we are ready to order them!

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  • Georgie
    Beginner August 2019 Manitoba
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    We used Vistaprint as well, but ended up getting them from Optimal print instead because we were not happy with Vistaprint’s quality this time. We usually love Vistaprint though!
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  • Audra
    Beginner October 2019 Alberta
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    I went the DIY route and made them myself, but unless you have a lot of patience and a tool like a cricut, I don’t really recommend this. I’m just a little nuts myself.
    However! Halfway through when I was getting frustrated and ready to throw the cricut through the window I did some research into alternatives.
    Shutterfly had some great options, as did Vistaprint. All prettt similar in cost, but each has their own design. I really liked the options and cost of the Costco ones as well.
    A great cost saver is also to do e-invites. Lots of options and most of them are relatively cheap, if not free.

    Beat of luck and congrats!!
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  • Becky
    VIP September 2019 Ontario
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    I love Visa print- however thought! You could choose a template off of etsy and have the person design it- download it and upload on vista to get their pricing! There is also zazzle, costco, canada post I believe

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  • Vinod
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
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    Vistaprint user too!

    However, you have many other choices to go about. Etsy, Costco, Canada post seems to have now too. Check them out or even book an appointment with a company that can create your dream card. Keep in mind, they are more expensive based on how many inserts and materials you choose to build the card.

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  • Stephanie
    Frequent user July 2021 Ontario
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    We did vista print for our save the dates and we'll use them for our invitations as well.

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  • Jordanna
    Curious June 2019 British Columbia
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    We went with Optimal Print!
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  • Casey
    Master October 2019 Ontario
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    We did ours from Vistaprint. You can also make your own design on there if you don’t like any of the ones they have.
    I also got a sample package from Minted but I was not a fan of their products.
    You can also check Etsy. There are some online templates and then you just have to take them somewhere to get printed!
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  • Brittany
    Devoted August 2019 Alberta
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    Costco has some too!

    Or if you are crafty you can always design your own and have them printed at Staples/Costco.

    Or if you know someone with a printer that can handle heavier duty paper.

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