How I used Vistaprint for basically everything

Guestpost by Upsidown on Dec. 26th
Front of Postcard

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)

2lp.aspxWe 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!)

  • Vistaprint item name: Small poster
  • Cost: $12.99 for 1 with 14-day shipping. Full price would've been $6.50 more.

Programs

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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

558497_10151071388698004_316241272_nWe 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.

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About Upsidown

We're definitely Offbeat Lite. But we're queer, so that already makes us not too traditional. That said, we're not trying to replicate your average/traditional wedding with two brides instead of a bride and a groom. We're trying to start from scratch and envision a day that we would really enjoy, that we can afford to host, and that will allow us to embrace my large family and our large group of friends.

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