How I used Vistaprint for basically everything #Invitation advice#custom invitations#diy invitations#invitations#postcard#save the date December 26 | Guest post by Upsidown Photo by Mary Katherine Donovan I have used Vistaprint for many years, ever since I needed my first business cards as a grad student. In a nutshell, I like them because I get what I want for way cheaper than anywhere else. While the Vistaprint shipping is pretty slow, their customer service is excellent and they have always been great about fixing any issues. We designed almost all of the items we purchased ourselves, using a design software (InDesign). However, any design software would work. If you're not design-savvy or don't feel like it, I would recommend purchasing designs off of Etsy and then printing the items on Vistaprint yourself. Here are all the different things I ordered for our wedding, including items that aren't often billed as wedding products… Save-the-dates We got full color on the front, black and white text on the back, and a glossy front, like a real postcard. Vistaprint item name: Postcard (4 x 6 size is important to allow us to use postcard-price stamps) Cost: $42.10 for 250 with 21-day shipping, which I think was our fastest option for some reason. Tip: We realized afterwards we could've gotten way fewer because the number of guests does not equal the number of households. (Oh well!) Invitations Ours are linen finish, with color on the front, and black and white text on the back. We also got plain envelopes, because the price was about the same price as anywhere else. Vistaprint item name: Horizontal flat invitation (5 x 7) Cost: $42.47 for 100 + $21.47 for 40 + 14-day shipping = $63.94 — this includes the envelopes. (The quantities were such that we had to order this way.) Full price would've been $76.67 more. Ketubah (wedding contract) We wrote the ketubah text ourselves and I'm super happy with this. We ordered a custom 11 x 17 poster, and a regular Sharpie worked perfectly for signing. (Not a Sharpie pen! Has to be a regular Sharpie!) Related Post How to make wedding invitations with a sewing machine Elizabeth created wedding invitations that are gonna make you crafty folks get your DIY-crazed brains all in a tizzy. This is what happens when a... Read more Vistaprint item name: Small poster Cost: $12.99 for 1 with 14-day shipping. Full price would've been $6.50 more. Programs These were another favorite item of ours. I used a built-in design/background that allowed me to add in my own text. So very easy! They're glossy on the front, and black and white on the back. Vistaprint item name: Rack cards Cost: $38.90 for 250 with 14-day shipping. Full price would've been $30 more. In-lieu-of-donation cards We decided to do donations to local nonprofits instead of favors for our guests. Vistaprint item name: Free business cards — you can't upload your own design if you're doing this, but we found a nice template that we liked, and we had freedom to choose any wording we wanted. Cost: $11.08 for 250. This included 14-day shipping costs and the $3.99 for Vistaprint not to print "free business cards by Vistaprint" on the back. Summary: In total, we spent about $170 bucks to get: 250 save-the-date postcards 140 invitations + envelopes A poster-sized ketubah 250 programs 250 in-lieu-of-donation cards. I'm sure we could've saved more if we'd grouped things for shipping, but overall, I'm very happy with Vistaprint! It was also great to have a few extras of everything for scrapbooks/albums/etc. This post features Offbeat Vendors! 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We went the Etsy route for a design, uploaded it, and got them printed on regular postcards. We also did our Thank You cards this way; uploaded a wedding picture we liked onto postcards and viola! 3 agree Reply We used Vistaprint for our *Save the Dates* too! We got a $10 for $50 using Groupon, so we got 100 including envelopes for a really good price. 2 agree Reply We did STDs, invites, programs, RSVP cards and change-of-address cards (as business cards) with Vistaprint. Their delivery was incredibly fast for 21-day processing. 1 agrees Reply I did my invitations with Vistaprint, too! It is such an easy way to save money. I love the poster idea and am totally stealing it! Reply We have used vista print so far for our save the dates, invites and programs! We also saved loads using the various groupon codes of 10 dollars for 70 dollars worth of merch!!! Reply I too scored some awesome Save Dates and a poster to use as our guestbook, via Vistaprint/Groupon ($17 for $70). Sadly, I've not seen the promotion in a couple weeks. Does anyone know if there's a current Groupon or other coupon out there? Invites are impending! Reply There is definitely another $17 for $70 groupon going on right now, I bought one yesterday! Reply http://www.groupon.com/deals/vista-print-weddings?c=all&p=16 $100 Vistaprint for $25 Reply Keep an eye out on different cities for the Groupon promotion. I just got one a couple weeks ago out of Ohio? but I live in Vermont (where sadly there is actually no Groupon. Reply Love it! That's what we're planning on doing, too. They have Groupons fairly often (usually $17 for $70) so that makes it even cheaper! 1 agrees Reply I love the In-lieu-of-donation cards! Such a good idea that I hope to steal! Reply Staples now has the majority of the same designs as Vistaprint. Faster shipping, (I've never seen anything take longer that 3 to 5 business days unless it's a complicated/special order) and if you're a Staples Rewards member (which is completely free) they're technically cheaper. You'll just get 10% of the money back to use at the store or website. They also both have promotions where you can get discounts, so keep that in mind. It always pays to shop around! Reply We also got our invitations, RSVP cards and matching Thank You cards from Vista Print! So easy to do and way inexpensive! Reply I mentioned your post in my blog here: http://theengagementdiaries.blogspot.com/2013/01/vistaprint-dilemma.html I am super excited to get great deals through them! Reply I used Zazzle for our invitations, but I plan to use Vistaprint for the programs, also with Rack Cards! Reply Beyond happy to have found this article. I recently found a deal on Groupon for Vista Print (I believe it was $17 for $75 voucher). Not sure if the Groupon is still available, but it's worth a shot to search around for it! HUGE money saver for us! Reply Ha! I had completely forgotten about the number of guests is not the same as the number of households. You just saved me so many dollars. That's the kind of stupid mistake I would have beaten myself up for years for. Thanks! 1 agrees Reply Same here! I've been budgeting per person, not household. Derp. Super happy I saw this now, or I would have been kicking my own butt later! I'm also planning on using Vistaprint for the invites and RSVPs. My fiance's mother uses it for her business cards all the time and recommended it to us. Reply They are great and prices. I also did my invitations 45 for $70, return address labels, rehershal invites, wedding uard sign, wedding tshirt, photo thank you cardsetc for free plus shipping. I signed up at a business account and they sent me many deals. Reply Sadly, Vistaprint (and Staples, etc) great prices are putting many smaller, independently or family owned print shops out of business. Just a thought for the buy-local crowd. 4 agree Reply …Which is exactly why most of the invitation designers we bring on as sponsors are small independently-owned businesses: http://vendors.offbeatbride.com/category/invitations Reply Thank you so much for this post ( and all the comments). I've been checking out DIY printable designs on Etsy but wasn't sure where to start to get an idea on printing prices Reply We have just ordered our Save The Dates from Vistaprint – I designed them business card sized and used Vistaprint's magnetic business card option so the guests can stick it on their fridge or whatever! Hopefully they'll turn out ok Reply There is a Living Social deal going on right now for Vistaprint! $30 for $60 worth of goodies, the deal ends in 4 days! Here's the link : https://t.livingsocial.com/deals/1237278?ref=email-jp&rpi=170796942&rui=58174765 Reply I only wonder if the quality is that great? My fiance and I are photographers and plan on taking our own, high quality photo to feature on our Save the Date. Has anyone tried to use a full resolution photo on these and been successful? Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.