ByHand custom designed invitations carry more than the message. They reflect the spirit of the sender. One of our favorite compliments is when a client says,“Our guests would know this was from us even if our names weren’t on on it,” we know we succeeded. Each is unique, just like the people they celebrate.
Our inspiration comes from our clients. The first thing we do is listen. Tell us about your wedding plans, your courtship, your likes and dislikes. Are you a fan of mid-century design? Victoriana? Deco? Nouveau? We want your invitation to reflect who you are. You’ll browse the ByHand samples and show us the invitations that appeal to you. We’ll talk about colors and stock options, letterpress versus digital printing. And we’ll talk about your budget and we’ll show you how to stay within it. Then we take all that we’ve learned into the studio.
Your invitations will also be one of a kind, which is why you will find everything but plain ecru cards in our studio. We have papers from around the world, old and new photographs, unusual fabrics, and color samples, a library with hundreds of 18th and 19th century engravings, mid-century design books, botanical illustrations, drawings of sealife, vintage wallpaper books, print advertisements and product labels from 1900 though the 1980s.
We pull from these resources and others to create the images that will make your invitation stand out. Font choices and layout follows. The client receives these preliminary designs by e-mail and tells us what works or doesn’t work. Usually this part goes quickly but sometimes it takes more back and forth. That is fine with us. We want our couples to get exactly what they want. And no matter how many changes are made, the price stays the same.