Sneaky ways to save money on Vistaprint wedding invitations

Guest post by Missmanda
Save The Date postcards
These save the dates were designed by an Offbeat Bride reader, and then printed with Vistaprint!

So I'm kind of a Vistaprint pro. I've been using their printing services for years, and have had great experience getting decent quality stuff on the cheap. It's really quite astounding how much you can get, for how little money, as compared to other print shops.

Granted, you don't have as much flexibility… but the price for full-color AND to upload your own design… just can't be beat!

I wanted to share a couple of things I've learned over the years ordering stuff for myself, stuff for work, and now stuff for my wedding.

1. Order the quantity you want; you don't have to order 100 if you get sneaky clever

I've seen multiple Tribesmaids bemoan the quantity restrictions on Vistaprint wedding invitations… but it is easier than you'd think to get the exact number of wedding invitations (or Save the Date cards, or whatever) you want. You just have to get a little tricksy. (Note that you won't necessarily save buckets of money, as you won't benefit from the quantity pricing quite as much. But you also won't be wantonly killing trees, or stuck with a half-full box of Save the Date cards you can't stand to throw away, but have no use for.)

Step one: Create your design, and order the largest quantity lower than the actual quantity you need… If 120 is your total #, put 100 in your cart for now.

Step two: Go to the upper right hand corner of the screen and click “My Account” to get to your account page.

Step three: On your Account page, click “See my full profile.”

Step four: Locate the item you need to order more of, and click “Save a Copy”; a dialog box will pop up; give your copy a name or stick with the default “[Name you gave it] copy.”

Step five: Voila! A second instance of the same item you painstakingly created appears in your Portfolio. Click “Order” and choose the quantity you need.

Step six: Want to skip the 5+ pages of “matching items” Vistaprint would like you to impulse purchase? Scroll all the way to the bottom and click “Go to Cart.”

Step seven: Check your cart to make sure all looks well. Check that you've added all relevant coupon codes, etc.

Step eight: Sit back, sip an adult beverage of your choice, and smile smugly knowing you won't have to wallpaper the guest bathroom with all your extra save the date postcards!

2. Friends don't let friends shop VistaPrint without a coupon code (or several)

The key with Vistaprint is there is ALWAYS a coupon. There is ALWAYS a sale. If you think you're going to use Vistaprint, sign up for their mailing list and you'll get a ton of emails from them (too many, in my experience!). But I put up with it, and I hold on to them, because to get the deal you often HAVE to use the clicky link from one of their emails. Your account doesn't “remember” what deals they've offered you. So don't be afraid to use the link from an email you got last Tuesday to get 100 Free Business Cards, get 'em all designed and put 'em in your cart, then close the window and use a link from yesterday's email to get 20% off + Free Shipping on orders $50+ for new customers. (Or whatever the current discount happens to be).

Then, before you click checkout, do a quick Google for “Vistaprint coupon code” and make sure there aren't any other savings you can grab. I've been amazed at what I've been able to score.

3. The free envelopes suck

Not knowing any better, having never ordered cards with envelopes from Vistaprint before, I went with the envelopes they include for free. On the one hand, they are fine. They did their job, which was to be a surface on which I could write addresses, and get the Save the Date cards from point A to point B. On the other hand, they were really thin and the stationery geek in me was a little sad. Especially in contrast to the beautiful heavy cardstock of the Save the Date cards. (Note: we did pay for the upgraded, thicker cardstock. it was around $10-15 for 80 cards, and I think it was well worth it. We got the “Premium, 100lb. White Matte Stock” and I was really happy with it.) For the invites, we'll be ordering envelopes separately from another company.

4. Personalized goodies are fun (but don't pay full price!)

VistaPrint loves to offer you last-minute impulse purchases. I swear, it's worse than the candy and magazines at the grocery store checkout counter. If you decide you want one, remember to go back and check your emails for the best deal. When we were ordering our Save the Dates, the upsell/impulse purchase page suggested I get a mug with our Save the Date image on it. I decided that would actually delight me… but instead of clicking on it there and then, I cancelled my checkout process, went and found an email with a “50% off mug” deal and manually added it. Bam! Adorable mug that makes me happy every day at work and I only paid like $7.99.

Well, fellow Vistaprint-users, that's some of what I've learned. What Vistaprint tips and tricks can you add to the knowledge banks?

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Comments on Sneaky ways to save money on Vistaprint wedding invitations

  1. THANK YOU for this. I’ll be honest, Vistaprint has always drawn my attention, but the one time I tried to use it I got fed up with restrictions and such, and basically never went back. Now I hear it calling again…. and this time I’ll be prepared! 🙂

    Seriously, thanks for the good advice.

    • Glad I could help!

      My best tip is #1 – you do NOT have to order 250 just because you need slightly more than 100! 🙂

      I keep thinking of more stuff I could’ve added… can’t wait to see what other helpful hints people share in the comments here!!

      • Do you know if vistaprint changed this? when I follow your steps it takes me back to the screen where I can only choose another 100 🙁 it’s also not letting me stack coupons.

        • Has VistaPrint changed? Need to order 60, not 50 or 100, but I’m not finding where you can order in multiples of 10 even when I follow all the instructions. I noticed this article was written in 2013. Did VistaPrint catch on with the “glitch” and fix it? I really don’t want to order 100 when I only need 60. Please help!

          • Hey. Did a little research and found that if you order from the invitations section and not the postcards, they have quantities of 10 you can order and they’re the same size! So yeah and nevermind!

  2. I printed my wedding invites with Vistaprint. The first time they arrived, the had a big black streak through the middle. I complained, they said it was a one off mistake and sent me another round for free. They second also came with the black streak. I insisted on talking to a supervisor. Turns out lots of people had been complaining. They had to rush ship me my last batch. Finally worked, but what a waste of time, money (for them), stress and I sent my invites out late. I don’t know if it’s really worth the money saved.

    • That sounds like a major hassle! I’m glad they took care of you in the end.

    • I’m a graphic designer at a print shop, and I’ve heard tons of complaints about Vistaprint. I’ve also seen the work they do, and it’s not good. People switch to them because they’re cheap, then they come back to us because we’re quality (and we’re not expensive either).

  3. I loved them for my business cards and postcards, but then this year the effed up the envelopes for my Christmas cards (sent 100 of the wrong size, even though they were the ‘included’ envelopes for that card I chose). Since it was another 6 weeks or something ridiculous to get new envelopes I just went to the store and got some that fit. But I will definitely be using these tips again in the future! You really can’t beat the price, even if there’s sometimes some hassle 🙂

    • Jeez, how annoying! Sorry to hear you had to deal with that.

      (On the other hand, since the free envelopes suck, you may have ended up happier in the end without knowing it! 🙂 )

    • Whoa… wish I’d nabbed that deal! Good luck with your order, and watch this space, ’cause I bet other OBB-ers are gonna chime in with more awesome advice. 🙂

      • Yeah, a bunch of us over on the Tribe gobbled up that deal! It’s expired, but here’s another one –

        I’m glad you posted this – I often had one deal disappearing from the cart as soon as I entered in a coupon code, but after reading your post, I started just re-clicking the links from the email AFTER entering the code, and it totally worked! So I got $230 worth of stuff for the shipping price of $10!

        I still haven’t been able to make the quantity thing work, though – I never see that little arrow allowing you to adjust the quantity.

    • Groupon! I never would have thought of that but I just searched and there’s one available right now. Awesome tip, thanks!

  4. We made our invitations, but ordered our RSVP postcards from Vistaprint. We have a great experience- exactly what we ordered, when we were told we’d have it, and for very little money.

    • Sweet! 🙂 I had a similar experience with our Save the Date cards. I’m so glad I paid the extra $13 or so for the nicer quality paper – I’m over the moon happy with them.

      We’ll be ordering our invites and RSVP cards this week, so I’ll report back to y’all as to how it goes.

  5. I posted this on the post in the tribe, and was asked to put it here too. I hope it helps! 🙂

    Oh! I have one! We did this with our RSVPs AND our invitations.

    If you are using one of their stock images, go through the process and fill out the auto form and add it to your cart.

    Then you can go back and edit your product. It’s an option in your cart. In this edit screen you get a full editor. What can you do with this little baby?

    1) Change fonts! They have quite a decent selection in my mind.

    2) Change font color!

    3) Change wording placement. Want to move something up/down/turn it on its head??? You can do it. There is a little rotate tool.

    4) Add text boxes. Were there not enough lines to say what you wanted to?? You can add more in right where you need them.

    That’s all I’ve got for the moment!

    • You can also use one of their stock templates, but still add your own images if you’d like (including an image of your own map instead of paying a few bucks for their useless map)

  6. I designed a free business card to use as escort cards. I ordered a free address stamp that I used on the reply envelopes. Googling for a coupon code and ordering the freebies brought my basket from about $200 to about $70. High5, fellow Vistaprint thrifty shopper!

  7. Whenever I need to order something from Vistaprint, I google “Free XXXX”. So, “Free Business Cards” or “Free Postcards”. Almost always, a link from Vistaprint will show up, either showing you “free” (minus shipping and every sort of desirable upgrade) items or heavily discounted ones. You won’t get that deal just by going to the item from the front page of Vistaprint, you have to specifically go through the search link.

    All in all, they are sheistiest buggers around, but you can get some really good stuff cheap if you play ’em right.

  8. I love the free stuff emails – we utilize them for our Nano group come Novembers – free notebooks, magnets, giveaway bags. You name it, we get it. It’s great for more than just wedding stuff. They have templates and images for any kind of group or business.

    • Did someone mention Nano?! You totally caught my attention. I’m going to pass this along to my ML. 😀

  9. Oh, dear, now I NEED to go check out the vista print site, just in case I need to get some stuff for cheap

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