(Closed) Did you have the marriage lincense altered or framed for show?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

We don’t have it on display, but our officiant did give us a “fancy” copy of a marriage license. It’s not legit/legal at all or anything, but she did have us and her sign it and such. I know at the time I was looking at them online because I wanted to have a nice photo of us signing our license. I never ended up buying one, but I did find some for sale online.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Our church provided us with an ornamental copy “license”. However, the Jewish contracts you are referring to are Ketubahs, and they aren’t really the same- they aren’t ornamental by nature.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

What your friend had framed was not the marriage license, it was a Ketubah, or Jewish marriage contract. They tend to be very, very expensive (like $300+++) but you may be able to find cheaper ones on ETSY. I’d suggest creating your own, as a real Ketubah has the Jewish wording in Hebrew on it.

We did not frame our license as we needed to be able to sign it and return it the next day – seemed like a lot of work for something kind of pointless! Everyone already knows we’re getting married – do they really need to see the paperwork? lol

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@mrsjesse: Actually, the Ketubahs generally are quite ornate. Traditionally, they have intricate papercutting detailing, though now a days custom artwork surrounding the text is becoming more and more popular.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@crayfish: Oh yes, I know that, sorry my wording was confusing. What I meant was that while a Ketubah is beautiful, the ornateness isn’t really the function, as far as I’m aware. They can certainly be beautiful, and therefore decorative, but they aren’t ONLY ornamental in nature is what I was trying to say. Thanks for helping me to clarify 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

I would advise not getting a ketubah for yourselves though, as that’s definitely a Jewish thing.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We recieved a special copy but so far we haven’t done anything special with it…it’s in our lock box 🙂 How romantic! I’d like to do something with it, eventually.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

At our county office they offer an ornamental copy for a few dollars more.  You can call them and ask them if they offer it.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@olive25: I believe this company was started by the man who runs ketubah.com? There was an article in the Times about Evangelical Christians adopting the tradition of signing the ketubah. It had become so popular he branched off his business to accommodate the demand. I can’t begin to describe how offensive that is. “Non-Jewish ketubah” is an oxymoron. It would be like me taking communion while standing under the chuppah. Totally inappropriate. I have my own theories about why the Evangelical church all of sudden has a great interest in their “Jewish roots” but that is best saved for a different thread.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Well, I guess all I was saying is that if you are interested in a decorated wedding certificate (I was for an anniversary present, which is why I did all this research on them), pretty much all of the ketubah sites seem to offer non-denominational wording and/or blank wedding certificates.

I didn’t mean to offend, I was just pointing out that it seems like many—if not most—of the ketubah companies (and not just the one I listed) are aware that people of different faiths are interested in marriage certificates and thus offer these options. They are not “ketubahs,” but companies and/or artists that make them do have this option of non-denominational wedding certificates. Likewise I don’t think you have to be Quaker to have a Quaker-style wedding certificate.

I think the original poster was having problems finding them on the internet to begin with, and this is just a suggestion about what terms to google to find similar certificates.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

@olive25: I see what you mean. I did have to put that out there, because there ARE non-Jews out there signing ketubahs and getting married under chuppahs, and it is–truthfully offensive to many Jews. I guess my problem with the non-ketubah ketubahs is that they LOOK just like ketubahs–because they are made by the same artists. It’s like the whole “oh we’re getting married under an arch” but it’s four poles with fabric on top. That is a chuppah. But yes, I’m sure there’s SOMETHING out there to fill that need.

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