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 (the link is at the bottom of their homepage) 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 Up to 20% off Wedding Planning Essentials, get 'em all designed and put 'em in your cart, then close the window and use a link from yesterday's email to get Up to 20% off Wedding Planning Essentials. (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 canceled my checkout process, went and found an email with a “50% off mug” deal and manually added it. Bam! An 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?