What if you’d been following a particular designer from overseas for the longest time and want them to do your wedding invites? What if you’ve just fallen in love with a design that you found online? Most of the time, shipping invites from overseas will cost you more than you can afford. There is a cheaper option, which is to print them locally. Most online shops sell printables or design templates, and just FYI: this process applies to all wedding stationery, not just invites.
You have three simple options: design your own, hire a stationer or purchase a design online. Designing your own is not as easy as you think, so if you lack creative flair, opt for the latter. Template design prices are actually quite reasonable, and please don’t attempt to modify designs on your own.
Check available envelope sizes first. A lot of overseas designs sometimes require different envelope sizes, so make sure you are able to source them where you are. Art stationery shops such as CzipLee and Art Friends offer good quality envelopes in various styles.
Design files should be in RGB colour mode for email, WhatsApp and online use. For printing, use CMYK, and understand that it will never look as vibrant as it does on your screen. Colours like orange are actually hard to achieve in printing without using spot colours, and you won’t be able to get silver or gold unless you use special metallic spot colours.
Ensure that it’s 72dpi for online use and 300-600dpi for printing. If you don’t know what this means, please hire a designer. Most of the free clip art available online aren’t of a high enough quality to use for printing. There are some good free printables, and we’ve got some of them here, but you’ll rarely be able to find good wedding invitation designs.
You can upload to-be-printed files in jpeg or png format, but we actually advise sending Illustrator (Ai) files, especially when text is involved, to avoid pixellated fonts on your printed materials.
We highly recommend offset printing for its quality; digital printing can look like it came from your laser printer and has a glossy effect. The price does vary quite a bit however, so we’ll leave it up to you to decide depending on your budget.
If you can’t get any recommendations, there are often plenty of printing shops near art schools. Their quality is usually above average, and they might even be able to recommend an offset printer if preferred.
Before you contact your printer, have all this information ready: quantity, size, number of colours, paper type and special effects. If unsure, email the artwork to the printer and they will be able to quote accordingly. If you have several options, compare the printing quality and price. With the exception of quantity, everything else will affect the price. For a rough quotation, send the printer a sample from the designer’s website.
Once you’ve sent your file to the printer, no news is good news: it means your file is all right. All you have to do is sit and wait for the call to collect your invites. During collection, don’t be in a hurry to leave. Check your invites to make sure everything is good. You might get a few “dirty” ones but that’s fine; printers usually give you some extras anyway.