What To Do When Your Ketubah Has No Background

Some of the most beautiful and elegant ketubahs are papercuts that come with no background piece. What is a couple to do? There are a number of ways you can display the ketubah at the wedding when it is being signed and under the chuppah during the ceremony, and then framed and hung in your home. We spoke to couples, the ketubah artist herself, Enya Keshet, and a framer, for their best tips and ideas.

Why No Background?

Enya Keshet has a number of papercuts that don’t come with a background. She believes that, “the beauty of the papercut is brought to its best expression.”

Two Trees Papercut Ketubah

She adds, “It is enhanced by the depth and shadows behind it, no matter what color the wall on which it is hung is.” The clean lines of a white papercut is very elegant and leaves room for creative ways to frame the ketubah.

When To Take It To Your Framer?

Holding Hands Papercut Ketubah from @aliyahrg

Mohammed from Framers.com Custom Framers suggests bringing it in two to three weeks before the wedding. They have a system to put a matting and backing so you don’t damage it during the ketubah signing. Any framer should give you a piece of plastic that is lifted up to sign and then you flip it back over so even on display it will not get damaged. Then you can bring it back to the framer within the month to select the frame.

You can take your ketubah to your local framer to mat the ketubah to for the wedding. Remember that it needs to be signed at the wedding so you don’t want to put it behind glass just yet.

From The Brides:

Orchid Ketubah Photography by Edward Dye Photography

Bride Dassi was nervous about the delicacy of her Orchid Ketubah so before her wedding she took it to Michael’s who were familiar with treating a ketubah. “I selected my gold mat for the background, cream mat for the accent, and vintage looking gold frame for the project.”

“My venue had a beautiful easel to display it. After the wedding, I simply took it back to Michael’s to complete the rest of my order. And now it’s hanging in my dining room, looking oh so beautiful!”

Another bride, Aliyah, found a framed cork board at Michael’s to display her Holding Hands Ketubah under the chuppah. Then afterwards took it to Michael’s to frame.

Holding Hands Ketubah photographed by Luminous Weddings

But she gives a good piece of advice in retrospect: “They couldn’t sign the ketubah on the cork board. When they places the ketubah on the white table cloth it is completely lost in the photographs from the signing ceremony.” Something for brides to consider a back up for the signing!

“Our wedding colors were lavender, golds and silvers so I had that in mind when I was having the ketubah framed. I chose a lavender background, a gold matt with a silver/metallic frame. They didn’t lay it flat but rather curved at the top and bottom which looks fantastic! It looks gorgeous in our home now in front of my Friday night candles.”

We have also heard of brides framing their ketubah behind a piece of mirror or between two pieces of glass as seen below.

From The Framer:

So how do these ketubahs get framed? Mohammed uses static to hold the papercut in place which is non-invasive and uses non-acidic materials which is of the utmost importance to preserve the ketubah.

The Orchid Ketubah in Dassi’s home

“You don’t want the glass directly touching [the ketubah] so you put spacers to give it a shadow and then another layer with spacer on top,” he explains. This especially looks great when framed between two pieces of glass which doesn’t allow moisture to sneak in.

Round Blossom Ketubah

After years of framing ketubahs he says, “I like simple and classic ketubahs. They are so gorgeous on their own and you don’t want to compete with that. They are really pieces of fine art.” We couldn’t agree more!

So don’t be afraid to get one of these backless papercuts. Be inspired by what our brides, artist and the professional had to say and show us how you decide to frame yours!

Added Tips:

  • Look for the Fine Art Trade Guild signage when looking for a framer in your local area.
  • Know that it can take three to four weeks to complete the framing.

1 Comment

  1. I thought it was interesting when you said that sometimes brides place their ketubah behind a piece of mirror or between two pieces of glass. My friends are getting married next month, and they have been trying to find someplace where they can purchase a ketubah. It would be great if they could find a place that can offer them advice on how to frame and showcase it after they purchase it.

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