Print Blank Invitation Cards With Your Computer

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You Can Print Invitations at Home!

Some of the most popular customer questions have to do with printing wedding invitations at home. Most people are perfectly comfortable printing 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper but feel anxious about printing on different sized sheets and card stock, like an invitation card.

We’re here to assure you that printing invitations at home can actually be quite simple because most home printers are fully capable of printing different paper sizes. In this printing video, we’ll clearly explain the 5 steps to printing invitation cards at home.

measure invitation card

1 – Measure to Identify the Dimensions of Your Card

Start by using a ruler to measure the height and the width of the card you are printing.

You will need to know the dimensions of your card for two reasons:

  1. to make a correctly sized print template
  2. to enter into a custom size field in your print driver when you are ready to print

Microsoft Word printing template screenshot

2 – Create a Printing Template Sized to the Dimensions of Your Card

Create your printing template using your favorite page layout or word processing program such as Microsoft Word.

  • Open up the program and create a new document
  • Locate the page set up area and a custom dimensions field
  • Enter the width and height of your card

The document on the screen now matches the measurements of your invitation card and you are ready to type in and format your wording.

Note: In the video learn tricks and shortcuts like using free, downloadable Microsoft Word printing templates.

Load card into printer tray adjust guides

3 – Load Card in Paper Tray & Adjust Plastic Guide(s)

When your invitation card document appears on screen how you would like it to print out, load a single card into the manual feed tray of your printer as a test.

Note: Depending on the make and model of your printer, and whether it is a laser or an ink jet, the location of your tray will vary.

Adjust the plastic guides so that the card fits securely in the tray.

print driver select custom document size

4 – In Printer Driver, Change Paper Size from 8 1/2 x 11 to Your Card Size

In this step, you will be communicating to your print driver that you are printing on a custom sized card, not a standard 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of copy paper.

Every print driver is different, but just poke around the properties of your print driver until you find a place to enter custom dimensions.

In most cases, this will be under a menu labeled something along the lines of paper size, paper handling, or quality and media.

printed invitation card

5 – Print One Card as a Test

If your test print was successful, you can print the entire run.

We recommend loading no more than 20 cards into your printer at a time. When that batch has printed, the printer will pause and you can load another batch.

Now Go and Have Fun Printing!

After you try this method, it will become second nature. You’ll find that you are able to print a wide variety of card sizes and in many cases, depending on your printer, those cards can be as small as a response card and as large as a tri-fold invitation. Enjoy the new skill you’ve learned!

Hear What People Say About This Tutorial!

I was struggling to find an inexpensive way to do my own programs, this really helps a great deal and even though it should be me and my bridesmaid doing them, it has been an enjoyable experience for me and my fiancé. This website is a lifesaver indeed. This will make our day even that more special.

Thank you so much I was finally able to print out my daughters sweet 16 invitations after 3days of wasting paper and ink. I purchased my invites elsewhere and they were no help at all. I know where to go next time.

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  1. Barbara Moloney says:

    Thanks, just the confidence booster I needed to try it myself.

  2. Melannie Diaz says:

    Very nice tutorial!!! very well explained!!!

  3. Vaerie B says:

    Wow this was great!!! I was so nervous about printing them myself, this really helped!!

  4. DJ says:

    what is the best printer to be able to print invitations, such as the type that have the writing you can feel, not too sure what its called

  5. JB says:

    Hi DJ. I believe you are referring to Thermographic printing which is an involved process offered by professional printers that uses heat to produce what feels like raised lettering to the touch. You can contact print shops in your area and ask if they offer Thermography.

    You may also be referring to Letterpress printing which is a more expensive printing process, again, only offered by professional printers, but with Letterpress equipment.

    Neither or these processes are available in consumer grade printers.

    • DJ says:

      thank you i have been looking at thermographic printers all night, would a table top printer be sufficient for a small business from home, and what other type of printer would you recommend

  6. Shirley Pierce says:

    This was very helpful. I have done all you suggested, did print preview, looked great, problem when I printed print came out way to small. What did I do wrong? Thanks for the help.

  7. JB says:

    Hi Shirley,

    It’s hard to say without knowing more information. Please give us a call so we can discuss this in detail, starting with the card you are printing, the template you are using, your settings in the printer driver, etc. Looking forward to hearing from you!

  8. Abbey says:

    Thank you so much! This has really helped!
    Does this mean we can order the invitations that you guys are selling and then print the words on using our home printer? Or if we order the invitations using your website, does your company print the words on?
    Thanks again! Great tutorial!

  9. JB says:

    Hi Abbey,

    Thanks for your compliments on the tutorial. We cater to people that order our blank stock, then use their computer and printer to print invitations at home. Of course we are here to help you, with printing templates, how to videos like this one, and even help over the phone. Please let us know if you have any specific questions about the process. We actually do not offer a printing service, however, there is a gentleman here who occasionally takes on customer printing jobs. Contact us if you’d like to inquire about this. But we all get more satisfaction helping you save money and print at home.

  10. Nancy Moulton says:

    Tutorial helpful however I am trying to print both sides of the invitation and the back side doesn’t print spaced correctly. Any suggestions?
    Thank you.

  11. JB says:

    Hi Nancy,

    You can adjust your spacing by adding line breaks to your text. Use the Enter key to drop text down a line.

    You can also adjust fine line spacing in Microsoft Word. This is demonstrated at the 3 minute mark in the above video.

    Click Format > Paragraph. Click the Indents and Spacing tab. In the Spacing section, enter a number in the At field. Decimals are fine. The default spacing would be 1. For tighter spacing, try .8. For more spacing, try 1.2. Experiment to achieve the spacing that looks right.

    line spacing in Microsoft Word

  12. Susan S. says:

    Hi, I have a few questions; I was looking for a paper company in Massachusetts, this site came you have an open to the public area for purchasing or is it just online? The video was great, but what about bookstyle wedding invitations? Is there a video for that? And also, besides the pre-sized wedding paper you show in the video, what is the best cardstock that matches that that is sold 8.5 x 11, that I could purchase…weight, smoothness etc. Thanks for all of your help…I’ll be back for certain…

  13. JB says:

    Hi Susan,

    We’re glad you found us! We are a warehouse / order fulfillment center / office. We are not a retail storefront. But if you’d like to visit and see some things, please give us a call and set up a time so that we can have items ready for you.

    Here are a couple great articles about booklet invitations:
    Tan, Brown and Cream Floral Booklet Invitation for Autumn Wedding
    Inspired To Create A Custom Booklet Invitation

    Printing on folding cards is not very difficult. Just get in touch with us when you’ve decided on the dimensions of your card and the paper stock you’ll be using so we can help you.

    The card shown in the video is made with our LCI brand Radiant White card stock. This is a smooth finish, bright white card stock available in different weights.

  14. Sheri says:

    Thank you for your demonstration. I am preparing to print wedding invitations and currently have a HP6280 printer that loads from the front, has the paper turn a sharp corner to be fed out of the front. This doesn’t handle card stock very professionally. I wonder if you could recommend a MAC friendly printer that will give me quality invitations and envelopes. A real bonus would be if it performed well with the metalic finish paper.
    Thank you, Sheri

    • JB says:

      Hi Sheri,

      You bring up a great point in that printing card stock and envelopes in a printer that has a significant bend in its paper path can be problematic, even damaging to the cards or envelopes being printed. We generally prefer dedicated printers as opposed to all-in-ones and specifically, printers that feature a straightforward path, loading from a top tray and feeding through to the front, allowing gravity to come into play. Speaking of inkjet printing, Epson, Canon, and Lexmark are brands that we frequently recommend with top-loading trays. Each of these brands should have no shortage of models that work with Macs.

      When it comes to metallic finish paper printing, laser printers produce sharper and more saturated text, and drying time is not a factor. LCI Paper’s Barry Levine has worked with many laser printers and he likes the Ricoh brand. He owns and uses an SP421 DN, although he says there are more recent Ricoh models that may produce richer results. He believes they are a quality manufacturer of color laser printers. Barry would like note an issue with most laser printers. When printing on envelopes, they will often show an impressed area on the envelope seams caused by the intense heat of laser printing. This is an industry wide issue that has not yet been perfected.

      Although inkjet printers are considered more versatile than laser printers, they generally do not do as well printing on metallic stock. The wet ink does not adhere as well as an inkjet’s toner. Inkjet printing may also require extended drying time and extra care in handling each printed item.

      You may be interested in our answer to this specific question, Should I buy a laser printer or ink jet printer?

      Here are a couple examples of successful or at least acceptable printing on Stardream metallic paper:
      Can I Print Stardream Paper in an Inkjet Printer?

      You may want to watch these printing videos as well:
      I want to print metallic specialty paper. Should I use an inkjet or laser printer?
      I want to print on Metallic Stardream paper. Should I use a laser or an ink jet printer?

      Finally, please see our impressions of two printers that we have tested:
      Canon Pixma iX7000 Large Format Ink Jet Printer Review
      Epson Stylus Photo R1900 Ink Jet Printer Review

  15. shelia crossland says:

    i am new at this. what type of paper would i use just to print birthday cards.for the first that i would try?

  16. JB says:

    Hi Sheila,

    Our easiest to print cards are our Blank Computer Invitations. You get two invitations on every 8 1/2 x 11 sheet and you’ll find easy to follow printing instructions.

  17. Ashley says:

    Call me stupid but I am trying to change my paper size in Windows 7 to print the 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 layer and I can’t find any place to do that?

  18. JB says:

    Hi Ashley,

    This video shows you how to create a printing template in Microsoft Word and size it to your card. This certainly works in Windows 7, but it assumes you are also running Microsoft Word. The video also shows you how to communicate your card size to the printer by entering a custom document size in the print driver. After watching the video, if you have specific questions, please let us know exactly where we can help.

  19. Genna says:

    I recently purchased a sample of the Gmund Savanna paper in Limba from you and tried to use my home printer and it failed to feed through due to the thickness. I watched a video you have on youtube that showed beautiful printing on that paper. Can you tell me what kind of printer to use so I can purchase this paper from you?

  20. JB says:

    Hi Genna,

    I think you’re referring to the Wood Grain Paper – Tindalo, Limba, Bubinga Savanna Paper video where I printed invitations, brochures, and business cards on Savanna Woodgrain Card Stock. I used an Epson R1900 Inkjet Printer which has never had any trouble printing the heaviest card stocks that we carry at LCI.

    In choosing a new printer, one key specification you’ll want to pay close attention to is the maximum paper thickness the printer will allow. Savanna Woodgrain Paperis 111 lb card stock. Also especially relevant to you is the article, What is the appropriate paper thickness for my printer?

  21. Jessica says:

    I think I have everything down except one thing. When I print I put the 5.5 X 5.5 paper to the right side of the printer and move the nob thing over until it touches the paper (like shown in the video) and the document doesnt print out “centered” to the right side of the printer, its centered as if there is a 8.5 X 11 sized paper. So what it looks like after it prints is about 75% of the left side of the document. I have already changed to deminsions in everything to 5.5 X 5.5. is there something I’m missing?

  22. JB says:

    Hi Jessica,

    I think I remember talking to a customer using an HP printer who had a similar problem. If you have already gone into the print driver, set the custom paper size, and are still having the issue, you may try placing the card in the center of your printer tray. You shouldn’t have to, but who is to say why the printer is printing in the center instead of adapting to the dimensions you have inputted into the print driver? While you are testing, you can cut down copy paper to 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 as test sheets.

  23. Katrina says:


    I am trying to start a very small invitation business. what type of printer would you recommend?

  24. JB says:

    Hi Katrina,

    It really depends on what card stocks, envelopes, and other items you think you’ll be printing on. Your first question might be, “Should I consider an inkjet printer or a laser printer?” Please see our articles:
    What are the differences between a laser printer and an inkjet printer?
    Should I buy a laser printer or ink jet printer?

    Finally, please see this short FAQ, What are some special tips on choosing a printer?

  25. Connie says:

    How do I customize a folded wedding invitation so it has colored ink and pictures of the wedding theme (western)?

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Connie,

      We just offer blank stock, and all of our items are designed to be customized/printed at home or taken to a printer. You may print whatever you wish on your cards.

      For your convenience, all of our items have free printing templates and instructions available for download.


    Thank you so much I was finally able to print out my daughters sweet 16 invitations after 3days of wasting paper and ink. I purchased my invites from Gartnet Studio’s and they were no help at all. I know where to go next time.

  27. Ashley says:

    I am having a problem getting my wedding program to print correctly. I downloaded the template for the layered program. I, however, had to change the dimensions from what the template stated. My dimensions (from smallest to largest) are: 5 1/2 X 6 1/2, 5 1/2 X 7 1/2, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, 5 1/2 X 9 1/2. Every page prints perfect except the last page (5 1/2 X 91/2). I have changed the page layout and the printer drive dimensions. The problem I am having is that it continues to print to the right of the page. My printer will not allow me to feed the paper through the center; it says there is no paper in the printer. Is there a way to fix this because my wedding is in a week and I REALLY need to get these programs finished.

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Ashley,

      It sounds like you are doing everything right; and for whatever reason, and oddly enough, it sounds like your print driver just doesn’t like these dimensions. This often happens with HP printers. When this happens, there are a few ways around it:

      1. Print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper then cut to size

      2. Enter different, larger dimensions in your driver which tricks the printer into accepting the paper (don’t go smaller on the dimensions or the bottom portion won’t print) – for example, 5 1/2 x 11. You might browse through your pre-listed sizes to find out which ones it will accept.

      3. Try saving the document as a PDF and printing it from there. Again, it seems like just an odd fluke of the print driver, and we have found this can help in many cases like yours. Printing from a PDF also gives you additional options such as Auto Rotate and Center, Fit Media, etc.

      4. Try a different tray, if possible. 5 1/2 x 9 1/2 is a fairly large size, so you might be able to place it in your normal paper tray instead of the manual feed tray (if multiple trays are available).

      Hopefully one of these suggestions is helpful! Of course if you need additional help or have any other questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

  28. Nicki says:

    I was struggling to find an inexpensive way to do my own programs, this really helps a great deal and even though it should be me and my bridesmaid doing them, it has been an enjoyable experience for me and my fiance. This website is a lifesaver indeed. This will make our day even that more special. Our big day is October 6th, 2012

    Thanks again