Framing Your Ketubah: What You Need To Know

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Now that your ketubah has arrived and everything looks good, you might not give your ketubah another thought. You need to think about what you will be doing with the ketubah on the day of. Who is signing it? Are you going to display it? And what will you be doing with it afterwards. We spoke to Susan Gittlen, of Whispering Woods Gallery, who has framed numerous ketubahs for everything you need to know!

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Before the Wedding:

  • Check the spelling of your names in English and Hebrew. It’s rare that there are mistakes, but it can happen!
  • You can take your ketubah to the framer – they can put a temporary foam core backing behind it for the ceremony. Many framers put acetate over it to prevent damage. Other options include matting and/or framing it without glass for the ceremony.
  • Will you display it at the ceremony? Make sure that there is an easel available.

On the Wedding Day:

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Use a special fade proof pen for signing. Ink can fade over the years if exposed to UV light rays. Test your pen if possible to see that it writes smoothly on your Ketubah.

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Luckily, sends you a pen that is especially made to write on your ketubah. We even give you a small piece of the same paper your ketubah was printed on so you and your witnesses can practice a little before. Get those cursive skills on point!

Designate someone to handle the ketubah for safe keeping!

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The ketubah is read under the chuppah then the groom gives it to his bride. Often she will hand it off to her mother or a designated bridesmaid. Make sure someone has it and puts it away for safe keeping in the bridal suite!

Not-So-Fun-Fact: In the Orthodox Jewish tradition if the couple does not know where the ketubah is the newlyweds cannot be alone!

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Appoint somebody who will make sure that it is carefully wrapped to come home. Don’t leave it in the trunk of the car for an extended period of time. Take it to a professional picture framer as soon as possible for archival framing to last a lifetime!

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These tips are provided by Whispering Woods Gallery in Holland, Pennsylvania. They have been professionally framing Ketubot in the Philadelphia area since 1986.

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