Elyssa, who purchased the Horizon Ketubah from me just wrote and asked for some advice for framing her ketubah after the ceremony. First of all, I always recommend that you take your ketubah to a local quality frame store. I don’t sell frames myself, since it’d be too expensive to ship them safely, and it would be too hard for me to provide you with the range of options your local frame shop has. Your frame store can provide you with a huge range of materials to choose from. And with their expert advice, you’ll be able to find a frame that will complement both the ketubah and your home’s decor.
Some general advice: When you get your ketubah framed, ask them to treat it like the work of art that it is. Insist that the matt be archival quality, acid-free, and non-buffered. The ketubah should be attached to the matt using art corners or cloth tape. (I do not recommend that you let them dry mount your ketubah, since this cannot be undone.) The glass or plexiglas should have the maximum UV protection available. It may cost more, but the investment will be worth it. Make sure they understand what this ketubah means to you, and that it is irreplaceable.
When chosing the materials for your frame, consider the artwork itself. For the Horizon ketubah, I’d recommend having a white or ivory matt of at least 2-3″ in width, and using a dark wood frame. Since the Horizon ketubah is a macro photograph of a dried leaf, full of tiny details and textures, I believe that the natural grain of a wood frame would bring out that texture much better than metal. A dark wood would complement the darker tones of the ketubah.
I hope this helps. And remember, after you get your framed, I’d love to see a photo of how it looks!
A lot of my ketubah designs, texts, and options have been inspired by suggestions from my customers. I always love hearing ideas from someone who is seeing my art for the first time — it helps fire up my creativity, and inspires me to continually create and improve my work.
Based on a number of suggestions, I’ll soon be releasing a number of my most popular ketubahs in a variety of colors, including ivory, and black and white. I’ve also just added a new poetic verse and will soon be adding more texts, all based on feedback from you. Thank you everyone!
“We received the Ketubah, it is amazing!!! I was speechless when I saw it, and if you knew me, you would know that never happens! 🙂 We can not thank you enough! You do amazing work!”
Jennifer and Mario, who chose my Tulip ketubah.
“I just received our Ketubah and I wanted to send you a note to let you know how much we absolutely love it. My fiance and I looked long and hard to find a Ketubah that spoke to us, as much in the words as in the art. When we received ours last week, we were speechless. We didn’t think we could find something we’d want to hang on our walls, now the questions is how quickly can we get it framed to put us. Again, it’s beautiful. Many thanks.”
Stephanie and Elon (Vermont) chose my abstract Horizon ketubah.
Interfaithfamily.com and Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben have put together a short video that gives interfaith couples some good basic advice when getting ready to plan their weddings. They say that this is the first in the series, so we look forward to seeing the rest.
Kim and Matthew wrote to me to describe why they chose my Autumn Gold ketubah, and to describe how they customized their interfaith wedding ceremony to fit their personalities:
“One reason we chose your artwork is that my fiancé very much likes Japanese décor. We have created a “flower ceremony” within our ceremony during which we are exchanging five flowers with specific meanings to give each other for the recipe for a great marriage. Specifically, we are using the Lotus Flower because it blooms in tough times, the Lily of the Valley which means happiness, the Chrysanthemum which means love and longevity, the Yellow Rose which means friendship and finally Ivy which means Fidelity. The Japanese Maple Leaf that we found on your website was yet another aspect of the Japanese decor and fit our theme perfectly! The moment we found your website we knew it was perfect.”
In addition to their wonderfully unique “flower ceremony”, Kim and Matthew chose to sign their ketubah during the wedding ceremony, instead of before (as is tradition). They also added two extra witness lines so that both the bride and the groom could choose two people close to them to sign it.
“We chose one of your ketubahs… mainly because we did not want a traditional ketubah. We would like to hang the ketubah on the wall in our new house as a piece of art and since my fiancé is not Jewish I wanted him to be able to enjoy it without feeling like it was some sort of religious artifact. Luckily I stumbled upon your website and we were able to get a ketubah that expressed exactly what we wanted to say and was beautiful at the same time.”
From Danise and Michael (Buffalo, NY). They chose the Petals Ketubah of a gerbera daisy.