Beautiful Handmade Ketubah

March 20th, 2012

In 2003 Brooklyn based artist and calligrapher Aliza Boyer started making original works of art for family and friends to mark significant lifecycle events. The demand for these one-of-a-kind instant heirlooms led to the birth of the business, Ketubah Graphia.

 

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Ketubah Graphia updates the tradition of the Jewish wedding contract by offering contemporary, timeless and elegantly handcalligraphed works of art and limited edition prints made from archival materials to mark the union of couples from all backgrounds including interfaith, same-sex and secular.

 

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Ketubah Graphia provides newlyweds with what is often their first original artwork as a couple. Aliza’s objective is to provide the opportunity to design in collaboration with her an original document of their personalized wedding vows. Couples always have direct access to her in her studio. Being one of the most important days in peoples’ lives, Aliza sees to it that she crafts the final product based on the couples’ distinctive vision as well as donates a percentage of the sale of their ketubah to a charity of the couples’ choice.

 

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Aliza Boyer says that she intends for the ketubah to be a “one-of-akind handmade heirloom and archival testament of a couple’s union and their future. The flowers of the day will perish but the ketubah will last forever.”

Handwritten Wedding Invitations

December 23rd, 2010

You have probably heard of the latest craze in wedding invitations. Gone are the days when each and every bride in the country rushes to have her invitation printed with a laser-printer ink etched on glossy paper. We now welcome the era of handwritten wedding invitations.

 

There are actually two options up for brides and grooms-to-be. One, if you believe that your handwriting is passably artistic, you can always write the wedding invitations yourself. This exceptionally personalized means is definitely more affective if you wish to invoke a more intimate, cozy feel for your special day.

 

Moreover, writing your own wedding invitations slashes down a fraction of your expenses. Just buy your own scented stationery, a box of lovely, well-designed envelopes and voila, a lovely invitation without the hefty price. You can even add in a few embellishments and ornate designs here and there to complete the personalized feel to a tee. These savings could really work well for you. You can then splurge on the wedding dress or your dreams, or on the bridesmaids dresses.

 

If you still wish to evoke that same intimate atmosphere, yet your handwriting is needs to be deciphered by a specialist, we suggest that you go get yourself a professional calligrapher.

 

The art of calligraphy’s roots could be traced back to cave paintings. Over the years, it grew to become a famous, treasured art despite the advance of other printing materials such as typewriters, and of course, computers. Despite the myriad of font styles, color and sizes that a computer can produce, calligraphy is still sought-after. As long as there is a human being who keeps it alive, calligraphy will continue to be an art.

 

This art is brought to a whole new light when used in wedding invitations. Calligraphy set in glossy, embossed or silky paper gives the guests an impression of comfort and intimacy. Nothing says “you are special” quite like handwritten invitations. It basically shows that much thought and effort was put into each and every line. A wedding invitation, much like a wedding dress, is the finest representation of the bride’s personality. A gracious invitation reflects a gracious host.

 

To avoid humdrum handwritten wedding invitations, you can always opt to indulge and experiment in the following areas:

 

1. Shape. You can always create unique shapes for your wedding invitations. You can either have it shaped like your wedding dress, your wedding cake or have it shaped like a bell. You can always play around with shapes, it is probably the safest element to experiment with.

 

2. Size. If you really want to make an impression, lay it on the invitation size. The bigger, the crazier. However, your guests would probably be eternally grateful if you will not send them a billboard-size invitation.

 

3. Design. Make sure that your wedding invitation design matches your theme. Do not depict a beach theme on your wedding invitation when you are actually going to have a church wedding.

 

4. Color. Since it is a wedding, go for neutral colors, earth tones or pastels. Avoid black at all cost.

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