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The nuts and bolts of ketubah display

Posted on 27 September 2010 by admin

I get this question a lot, and neglected to address it in my posts about choosing and buying a ketubah.

So, you’ve got your ketubah and you love it, it’s perfect.  Most couples wish to display the ketubah after the signing (see So, you’ve got your ketubah and you love it, it’s perfect.  Most couples wish to display the ketubah after the signing (see Chelsea Clinton- sadly, I did not do her ketubah, but I will be happy to do her nursery art! Chelsea- call me!). The best way to do this is to have your framer cut a matte with a solid back hinged to it so you can slip your ketubah print into it like a sandwich filling. You can then stand it up on an easel and it will easily slip into your frame after the wedding.

Many frame stores will offer to dry-mount the print to foam core. I really discourage this practice because the paper is permanently adhered to the board. If you want to use a board, I would rather use pushpins at the very edges- the holes will be hidden by the frame, but really a matte is best.

I’ve mentioned letting the ketubah flatten out before the wedding. Best way to do that is simply place a few heavy books on top (with a clean sheet of paper protecting it) and let it relax for a day or so before the ceremony. Try it yourself, but maybe with a glass of wine rather than a heavy book.

A word about pens. Another frequent question. Most ketubahs are printed on heavy watercolor paper, so the thing to avoid is a pen that is very inky, like a fountain pen. Yes, they are very beautiful, but the ink they use is thinner than say ballpoint ink, so there is a chance of bleeding. The signing area on my ketubot has already been printed on, so the chances of any pen bleeding are low, but here’s where you want to be super safe. A good solid ballpoint will do the trick nicely.  I am always happy to send along a printed paper sample to test-write on.  The extra step might save you a headache down the line.

I think that’s about it- it’s not complicated, just takes a little bit of planning. But if you are in the midst of getting a wedding together, what doesn’t take planning?

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