We don’t have a ByHand “signature look” for one good reason: It’s not our party. The “look” should be yours. Our job is to turn your style into your invitation.
We design and deliver custom invitations and announcements for the big and small occasions in your life: weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, birth announcements, engagement parties, christenings, bris and baby naming parties, significant birthdays, bridal and baby showers, confirmations, holiday cards, graduations, change of address cards and anything else you want to celebrate.
Ideally clients come for an in-house visit so we can get to know you in person and show you our work. This gives you the chance to see and feel the difference between engraving, letterpress, digital and foil printing processes. The hands-on experience lets you imagine possibilities you hadn’t previously considered. This is also a good time to talk about your budget and which design elements are the most important to you. Once we have a sense of your tastes and personality, we can begin the custom design process.
The design process can take up to two weeks depending on the time of year and complexity of your job. We usually reserve at least 3 weeks for printing and assembling. We suggest that you plan to send your invitations six to eight weeks before a wedding and two to four weeks before a less formal occasion. Rush jobs can be offered for an additional cost.
After discussing the particulars of your invitation, we will give you an estimated price quote and timeline. A 50% deposit is required to begin the design process. A ByHand designer will create a digital invitation and present it by email in low-res format. You may find you like it right away. You may want changes. You may want to take the design in a different direction. After hearing your thoughts, refinements are made and sent back to you for a final digital proof approval before we send it to press. The remaining balance is due in full before the completed invitations are released to the customer. Cancellations forfeit the initial 50% deposit. Two rounds of edits are included in the original estimate.
ByHand accepts Cash, Personal Checks, Paypal, Venmo, Visa, Mastercard and Amex.
5721 Western Ave NW | Washington, DC 20015