Why Marriage Certificates?
These documents have a beautiful and rich history. It started as a legally binding, religious document, but as Jews assimilated into America, the meaning of the ketubah, marriage certificate, changed. Today, it serves as a symbol of the love that two partners share and a reminder of the promises they have made to one another. These contracts are most often signed by each party involved but do not serve as the ‘state sanctioned wedding license’.
Marriage certificates often include our favorite aspects of creativity. Calligraphy, which are the vows between the bride and groom. And the illustrations which symbolize what cannot be said in words. We love that this is the first piece of artwork brought into a couple’s marriage; a piece of artwork that will be displayed in their home and help them live each day according to the vows they made to each other.
This document will connect the couple at the start of their journey and be a map to guide them along the way. At first glance, you want this ketubah to visually show the connection you have with one another, and when examined closer, have the same unique complexities and intricacies of your relationship.
This document is used directly before the wedding ceremony. The bride and groom gather with a small group and the vows are read aloud. Two non-related witnesses will sign, along with the bride and groom, and finally the 5th signature, the wedding officiant. The document then goes on display for the ceremony/reception for guests to view and read before being framed and hung in your new home.
We create this art together, taking your relationship, and weaving it into the design. Once you purchase a marriage certificate from Windthrow, we promise to help you place it in your home and provide advice to move it as your journey through life takes you to different parts of the world. Contact us for transportation tips.