Thank you for purchasing a Ruth Mergi Ketubah. Here are some tips that are useful before, on and after your wedding day. Please make special note of the FRAMING section.
As always, if you have any questions, please be in touch.
Please frame your ketubah as soon as possible!
We recommend you use only professional framing services and not DIY frames. Proper framing will best showcase your art and will provide a dry and dust-free environment to protect and preserve your ketubah for years to come. Please ensure that all materials that touch your artwork are acid free (100% rag, museum or archival quality.) This includes the top and back mats, and any tape or adhesives. Please keep all artwork out of direct sunlight and/or use UV glass for framing.
For the most single-layer ketubahs, we suggest “float-framing” or “float-mounting.” This creates the illusion that your ketubah is “floating” over your chosen background, and allows you to see the play of shadows created by the papercut design. The floating illusion can be accomplished by laying your ketubah over a piece of glass, and setting your chosen background behind that; or by using a special hinge mount.
Please note that we cannot take responsibility for ketubahs that have not been professionally framed within three months after the wedding date!
The papercut art is delicate, but surprisingly sturdy, and is designed to last for years to come. Keep in mind, however that your ketubah is made of paper, and as with all papers, is susceptible to damage.
- Handle as little as possible. When you must touch the ketubah, make sure your hands are clean and dry. Your fingers carry dirt and oils that can mark on the paper.
- Do not leave in direct sunlight. Sunlight can actually burn paper (ever do the science experiment with a magnifying glass? Same idea.)
- Keep dry. Paper does not like water, which can cause it to warp and leave marks. A dry ketubah is a happy ketubah.
Your ketubah comes with an acid-free, archival ink signing pen, so that your signatures will last a lifetime. Please do not use Sharpies or ball points. We suggest 'practicing' your signature on a piece of scratch paper before you sign your Ketubah. This will get the ink flowing and get the jitters out before you sign! When signing, cover the portion where your hand rests with a clean handkerchief or piece of tissue paper -- a napkin will do in a crunch -- to avoid smudging or leaving finger stains on the Ketubah paper.
If you and your witnesses are signing in Hebrew as well as English, you may want to have all of the names printed out in advance, to avoid signing mistakes. Some signers may be more practiced in writing their Hebrew names than others, so it never hurts to come prepared.
Your ketubah is ready to place on a full-size or tabletop easel for display on your wedding day (see video below for further instructions). The mylar overlay should be kept in place throughout storage, signing, and display: To sign, just lift the overlay, and let it fall back into place for display afterwards. This will keep your ketubah clean and well-protected. When you wish to have the ketubah photographed, you will want to lift away the mylar to avoid reflection and glare.
Make sure you know who will care for and keep the ketubah on your wedding day. They can bring your signing pen on the big day, transport the ketubah from your ceremony site, and bring it home after the wedding.
Please keep your ketubah in its original packaging in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight, moisture, pets, small children and other hazards. For long-term storage, please have your ketubah professionally matted and framed.