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My favorite ketubah frames

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If you’re gearing up for your wedding, framing your ketubah is probably the last thing on your mind. But I have a couple of tips that might make your life a little easier during the ketubah signing ceremony and beyond.

I sometimes forget that the whole point of signing a ketubah in the first place is so that you can hang the beautiful document in your home for the rest of your lives. Which, of course, means finding just the right frame for your artwork.

As someone who spends quite a lot of time thinking about ketubahs, I’ve developed a few opinions on the topic of framing them. I’m going to share my top three tips for framing your ketubah, and then I’ll post a few of my favorite sources for ketubah frames (which you can bookmark and revisit after the wedding madness dies down).

So lets cut straight to the chase, shall we? Here is my number one tip for ketubah frames:

1. Buy a cheap frame to use at your wedding.

Here’s a pretty typical scenario. You’ve had your signing ceremony, and your ketubah is resting beautifully back on its display easel for the reception. Then along comes an overjoyed / teary / clumsy / intoxicated guest, and they knock your ketubah to the ground. I’ve heard this story from a large handful of clients and it happened at my own wedding. If your ketubah is in a cheap frame, it will be protected from the accidental fall or spill. But a tumble will probably destroy the frame itself, which is why you shouldn’t invest in your ‘forever’ frame until that baby is safe at home. Below is the frame that I recommend my clients get – it’s cheap, it’s sturdy, and if it doesn’t get broken, it’ll look just fine in your home. Also, at $11-$27 (depending on the size), it’s hard to beat the price. Need to know the dimensions of your ketubah? Just check the product listing page and scroll down (it’s below the photos). Personally, I love a simple black frame – it’s classic and elegant – but this frame comes in 11 other colors if you disagree.

16″x20″ – ArtToFrames 16×20 inch Satin Black Picture Frame, WOMFRBW26079-16×20
16″x16″ – ArtToFrames 16×16 inch Satin Black Picture Frame, WOMFRBW26079-16×16
20″x20″ – ArtToFrames 20×20 inch Satin Black Picture Frame, WOMFRBW26079-20×20
13″x21″ – ArtToFrames 13×21 inch Satin Black Picture Frame, 2WOMFRBW26079-13×21
16″x26″ – ArtToFrames 16×26 inch Satin Black Picture Frame, 2WOMFRBW26079-16×26

2. Spring for a mat board

When you’re getting your ketubah or wedding certificate professionally framed after your wedding, I encourage you to spring for a mat board. They make such a huge difference in how your ketubah looks on your wall, and they don’t add all too much to the price of a frame.

3. The UV glass is worth it

Framing is expensive (especially after you’ve just payed for a whole wedding!) but this is a good area to take the long view. UV glass protects your artwork against damage from the sun which can cause the inks of your ketubah to fade with time. And since this is a document that you’ll likely hang in your home for the rest of your lives, it’s worth it to pay a little extra now so that it remains in tip top condition over the years. Even with UV glass though, I recommend you not hang your ketubah in direct sunlight.

Finding high-quality ketubah frames

As far as selecting your post-wedding forever frame is concerned, my advice is always to go to a local custom framing shop and work with the staff to find the right style frame for your specific ketubah design. Depending on what kind of ketubah you have and the style of decor in your home, you may opt for something rustic/distressed, minimalist/contemporary or ornate/classical. I would encourage you to select a frame that isn’t too visually overwhelming, since you don’t want to detract from the ketubah itself. Here are a few of my favorite styles:

Rustic / Distressed

The Distressing Girl – a whole shop full of beautifully distressed frames
Restoration Hardware – Their weathered oak collection in particular
My Barnwood Frames

Minimalist / Contemporary

Restoration Hardware – The Nailhead collection
American Frame – The contemporary collection
Dick Blick – Tuscany Metal frame collection

Ornate / Classical

Ebay – Search for ornate vintage frames. You never know what you’ll find!
Ornate Frames – outdated website, but beautiful stock!
Art Frames – Classic collection

FYI: As of October 2017, this post now contains affiliate links! I’ve been recommending these exact products for years without being an affiliate, and I stand by my recommendations now. As such, Amazon requires me to include the following: “I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”

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I'm Adriana Saipe, founder of Ink with Intent. I'm a full-time wedding illustrator who specializes in contemporary ketubahs and unique wedding certificates. Learn more.

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  1. I have a ketubah that I think would be beautiful in a round frame. I haven’t seen anything that I think would be appropriate.
    The ketubah is on a sheet that is
    24 x 24

    • A round frame would be beautiful! I haven’t seen any on the market, but definitely let me know if you find one! I’d love to include it in my round up.

  2. I ordered the “classic” size ketubah – 17 x 23.5, and am having trouble finding a cheap frame for the wedding day. Any suggestions?

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