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Create and Print Luxury Wedding Invites for your Big Day

Wedding invitation printing can be confusing and a barrier to making DIY Wedding Invitations. However, printing your own wedding stationery suite at home can be a fun and cost-effective option for many couples. However, it’s essential to consider compatibility with your printer and paper before making any decisions.

There are many types of desktop printers which can be confusing for wedding invitation printing
There are many types of desktop printers which can be confusing for wedding invitation printing

What kind of printer is best for invitations?

It’s possible to create your own wedding stationery with your home printer, but there are a wide range of consumer and professional printers, each with distinct features. Additionally, inks vary, and different papers interact uniquely with various inks.

Can you print wedding invitations on a normal printer?

We’re so often asked What printer prints wedding invitations? With so many different types available it can be difficult to give a simple answer. Some printers are specifically designed for handling paper and may not be equipped to process thicker card stock used for wedding stationery through their rollers. Printers that roll the cardstock through 180 degrees (usually those with trays at the bottom) are generally unsuitable for printing on card. The sharp turn can cause jams or damage to the card, leading to poor prints and printer malfunctions. If you plan to print on card stock 300gsm and above, you generally need a printer with a straight or flat paper path. A flat feed option allows the card to move through the printer without bending, ensuring smoother operation and better results.

While we cannot make recommendations for the types of printers you can use, we do suggest researching and reading reviews to find a printer that will work best for you.

Types of printers you can look at include Xerox’s Versalink range, the Epson XP-Series, and the Canon Pro series.

Understanding Your Printer

If you haven’t bought a printer specifically for stationery or are considering using one you already own, first check your printer’s manual. The printer manual will explain the specifications, including the paper weight it can handle and the paper sizes. If you’ve misplaced your printer manual, it will be accessible online if you search for the model number.

Printing can be more complicated than simply inserting the card and pressing the print button. For optimal results, adjust your settings by selecting the ‘high quality’ print option and specifying the material to your printer. Printer drivers and terminology vary, so if you’re not sure what to do, check the help menu. Print settings for Windows users can be accessed through the Control Panel and Printers and Faxes, while Mac users can access them through System Preferences and selecting ‘Print & Fax’.

Some printers may have specific settings for cardstock or heavy paper, so review your printer’s manual or online resources for guidance. It’s also helpful that many printer manufacturers have YouTube channels with guides and tips for their products, so don’t hesitate to search for tutorials and demos specific to your printer model.

Printing on Different Paper Types

The most important part of printed invitations is selecting the right paper type for your wedding invitation design and printing method. So what should you print your wedding invitations on? Here are some types of paper used for wedding invitations:

  • Matte: This is a flat, non-glossy paper
  • Glossy: A shiny, reflective finish
  • Metallic and Pearlescent: This type of paper has a metallic or pearlescent sheen
  • Textured: Papers with textured surfaces such as linen or felt
  • Recycled: The variation of recycled paper can be wide, most are matte

Each paper type has its own qualities, and your choice depends on your wedding theme. Recycled stock adds a rustic feel to the invitations, which are perfect for a rustic wedding theme. In printing, the type of card and paper used can significantly impact the quality of the final product, as different materials produce varying results. Not all printers will print successfully on each type of paper or card stock. It’s always best to test a sample sheet first before committing to printing all of your invitations on a specific paper type.

High Quality Card for Wedding Invitations
It's worth buying sample sheets of your chosen card stock to test specifically for wedding invitation printing

Coated and Uncoated Stock

The main two types of paper are uncoated and coated card stock. Coated card stock can be coloured on both sides, but usually, the inner core remains white.

Coated cardstock (often pearlescent or glossy) requires a higher temperature to fix the toner if using a laser printer or a longer drying time if using an inkjet printer.

Uncoated stocks typically have a matte finish, colour permeating the card, including the core. This is because the colour is added at the pulp stage, so the colour is distributed evenly throughout the paper.

While the papermills have specified standards that each brand of paper is made by, there will always be the slightest variations between makings and throughout a paper-making batch.

The composition of the paper pulp will never be exact, and while these may not be visible to the naked eye, you may feel a slight change to the card. Due to the organic nature of card and paper, you may occasionally encounter minor imperfections, such as visible fibre strands or tiny flecks. This is entirely natural and inherent in all paper products and is most pronounced in 100% recycled stocks.

Textured Card Stock

Textured cardstock is a popular choice for wedding stationery, as it adds an element of tactility and visual interest to the design. However, textured stocks can sometimes cause issues when printing.

Some printers may struggle to grip the texture, leading to jamming or skewing of the paper. Also, laser printers may not be able to distribute and fuse the toner into the texture across the sheet. Bear this in mind when choosing a stock for your special day.

Conclusions about Card Types

The paper you buy regularly may not always perform the same way. If printing issues arise, you’ll need to use your knowledge of your printer to adjust the settings accordingly.

We provide a range of premium papers for wedding invitation printing from world-renowned papermills such as Gmund, Fedrigoni and Cordenons, amongst others. To assist in selecting your card stock we list whether your chosen stock is inkjet or laser printer compatible (these are the types of printers most customers will have access to). This is based on our in-house testing and the guidance provided by the papermill. However, we cannot guarantee your printing results, as they depend entirely on your printer.

For this reason, we always recommend that you purchase a small number of sheets to conduct tests for your wedding stationery printing. Printing a sample sheet before producing all your invitations to ensure the final result meets your expectations.

Wedding Stationery Printing and Colour

Wedding Invitations and Choosing Colours
Remember that the ink colour will appear differently depending upon the colour of the card stock you choose

When printing wedding stationery, it’s important to consider the colours you want to use and how they will look when printed on different paper types.

As you design your wedding stationery suite, remember that the colour you view on the monitor may not be the same as the colour printed by the printer. This is because monitors use RGB (red, green, blue) colours, while printers use CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) colours. When using Adobe Suite, you can switch your document to CMYK mode to get a more accurate preview of the colours.

Converting your design to CMYK before printing is advisable for the most accurate representation of your chosen colours on paper. Colour calibration between monitors and printers can also vary, so it’s always best to do a test print before committing to printing all of your personalised wedding stationery.

Shapes, Blank Greeting Cards and Cut Sizes

When you style and create a wedding invitation suite, you need a range of sizes, especially for items such as menus, place cards, and orders of service on the special day itself.

Shapes

Shapes like arches for invites require the right templates, and printing the invitation design ‘upside down’ will allow your printer to pick up the stock for printing. Other design shapes for a wedding, like circles, will be almost impossible to print at home, so use our printing services or a calligrapher.

Bespoke, Cut Sizes and Envelopes

For greeting cards (which we supply flat with a pre-scored crease) and other sizes, you will need to adjust the paper size to the size of your template or artboard. Again, view your printer manual to double-check that your printer will accept printing on custom sizes. Usually, you can adjust the size of the printed sheet in the driver along with a setting for envelopes.

Wedding Design with a 'Bleed'


If your design extends beyond the edge of the paper, you can add a bleed to your design. You will need to make the paper size larger than your final size and then cut off any surplus.
It’s important to ensure that any important details, such as text or graphics, are not placed too close to the edge of the paper to prevent them from being cut off.

Matching Envelopes

Premium envelopes for wedding invitations
We use premium envelopes for your wedding invitations and include 140gsm premium white as standard. Spare envelopes are available to purchase online.

Matching envelopes give a premium feel and personal touch to your invites and are an easy way to incorporate your colour scheme into your wedding stationery. Again, check your printer settings to optimise printing on them, or use our easy online ordering service for extra special print choices such as white print.

Using a Professional Printer for High Quality Printing

It’s worthwhile knowing that commercial printers usually specialise in quantity with bigger savings for higher numbers which isn’t always suitable for invites. Luxury wedding stationery for the big day often includes extra special stocks and processes, so creating a wedding stationery collection can become expensive.

If you collaborate with experts or a commercial printer, you will usually see a digital proof to check before final printing. It’s also worthwhile noting that they often require the sheet size to be SRA3 or greater so do bear this in mind.

Trouble Shooting

Trouble shooting your wedding invitation printing
If you come across issues with wedding your invitation printing then we can help with our online print service

If you encounter any issues while printing your own artwork, here are some common troubleshooting tips:

  • Make sure your printer is set to the correct paper size for your wedding stationery
  • Check that your printer has enough ink or toner.
  • Clean the print heads or rollers of your printer if there are streaks or smudges on the printed wedding invitation.
  • Adjust the settings for optimal colour and qualities
  • If using a laser printer, adjust the temperature or drying time for coated card stock.

Ink Smudging, Feathering or 'Bleeding'

Inkjet and Laser printers employ distinct techniques to transfer images onto paper. Inkjet printers use liquid ink, while Laser printers rely on toner fused to the paper using heat.


When using an inkjet printer, it’s important to allow additional time for the ink to dry, especially if it’s pearlescent or coated. If the ink isn’t drying, there may be too much ink. If your settings allow, try reducing the intensity or saturation to prevent excessive ink usage and ensure proper drying.


With a laser printer you will need to adjust the temperature to ensure the correct fusing of the toner to the stock. This may require a higher or a lower temperature.

Ink or Toner Smudges

Check for leaking ink or toner cartridges and clean the print rollers

Poor Quality Print

Check the print file, if this is low quality then the subsequent print will be too. Ensure your print file is the correct size and set to 300dpi.

Use the right design software. Rather than printing from the software you’ve used for design, e.g., MS Word, Photoshop, etc., save your file as a high-quality PDF, flattening and embedding the fonts and print this. Experiment with print quality and paper settings to see what works best and make sure your printer has enough ink or toner.

Paper Jams

  • Remove any damaged sheets of paper stuck in the printer
  • Ensure the paper is inserted correctly into the tray and meets the printer’s specifications (e.g. weight, size).
  • Try using a different type of paper or card stock for your wedding stationery
  • If using coated card stock, adjust the temperature for laser printers or increase drying time for inkjet printers.

Is it cheaper to design and print your own wedding invitations?

Creating your own wedding invitations can be cost-effective, but it’s important to make sure you have the right tools and materials and consider the compatibility between your printer and paper. With our tips, you can style and create beautiful, personalised wedding invitations that will set the tone for your big day.

Personalised Wedding Invitations - Final Thoughts

Wedding Placecard
You can order our printed placecards online

Ultimately, the key to successful printing of luxury wedding stationery is knowing your printer’s capabilities understanding all the essentials and how different papers will interact. Considering these details, you can create stunning and professional wedding invitations with a personal touch for your wedding day that will impress your guests.

While printing your own wedding stationery for the big day can save money, it also requires time and effort. If you are unsure or do not have access to the necessary equipment, it may be best to use a wedding stationery printer like ourselves. We strive to provide the best card stocks and papers for wedding stationery and offer resources to assist with successful printing, but whether you print your wedding invitations at home or opt for professional printing, we’re here to help.