KG at Lovesick Expo Brooklyn 2015!

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Ketubah Graphia was chosen to be a featured vendor at this year’s Lovesick Expo in Brooklyn! This will be KG’s first time at Lovesick, and we’re really looking forward to this event on Sunday, January 4. Lovesick sounds a little bit Etsy and a little bit edgy, featuring around 40 creative businesses plus great food and drinks, live music, burlesque performances and tons of giveaways. (Offbeat Bride calls Lovesick “the wedding fair that won’t make you barf.”)

Check out this video to get a feel for what’s in store. Want to join us at Lovesick? Come as KG’s guest! We have a limited number of comps to share. Email aliza@ketubahgraphia.com if you’d like to be on the guest list. If you come, say hi to Aliza at the KG booth and post a photo and comment to the KG FB page. KG will “like” that so much we’ll give you a sweet discount on your ketubah order.

Sunday, January 4, 2015 | Music Hall of Williamsburg 66 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 11:00a - 3:00p 21+ to enter

Link to video: http://vimeo.com/94994250

Add Ketubah Graphia to your gift registry

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Here are a few ways to let your family and friends contribute to a ketubah, which will become your instant heirloom. The following universal registry sites let you add any product to a registry, including anything from the Ketubah Graphia shop on Etsy:

Etsy  www.etsy.com/shop/KetubahGraphia

Gift Registry 360  www.giftregistry360.com

My Registry  www.myregistry.com

Our Wishing Wellwww.ourwishingwell.com

That's So Poetic!

For two weeks starting noon on February 12th, 2013, Ketubah Graphia is hosting a raffle! Enter daily for a chance to win a Hebrew poetic phrase, handcut and handmade with professional grade watercolor paper of the highest quality (a $175 value). Between February 12-26th, 2013 you can enter each day to accumulate entries and increase your chance of winning.

Phrases can be added to a custom ketubah order:

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Or are beautiful framed on their own, and make great gifts:

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All poetic phrases are 18″ x 6″ and can be made with the following phrases: “Ani Ledodi Vedodi Li” (I am to my beloved and my beloved is mine); “Ze Dodi Veze Re’ei” (This is my beloved and this is my friend); “Ha’ahava Hi Mekor Hachaim” (The love is the source of life); “Matzati Et She’ahava Nafshi” (I found the one in whom my soul loves); “Ba’asher Telchi Elech” (Where you will go, I shall go); “Ahavat Olam Ahavtich” (I have loved you with an everlasting love); “Simeni Kahotam Al Libcha” (Put me like a seal over your heart); “Tihye Nafshi Kshura Benafshech” (Let our souls and spirits interwine); “Betseti Likatcha Likrati Metsaticha” (When I go forth to find you, I find you seeking me). Enter Here from February 12-26th, 2013...and Good Luck!

What's your sign?

Wherever you fall on the cosmic calendar, avoid letting the signatures on your ketubah fade over time. Make sure to use a permanent and archival pen (no Sharpies!) when signing your ketubah. Try my personal favorite, Sakura Micron Pigma pens, which come in several different nib sizes and colors and are available in all art supply and most stationery stores.  

The New "I Do"

Yes, the institutions of marriage and religion give us guides that tell us how to say “I do” but we live in a time when it comes to vows--how to say them, who says them to whom and who writes them--where there are no more rules. More and more we are seeing people who write their own vows. Perhaps couples take portions of a traditional text that speaks to them as a couple and mix that up with some lines of text from a Patti Smith song, a poem that they love or an inspiring line of text. The possibilities are endless and very personal. We love that couples from all backgrounds are mixing up traditions from a few different faiths that make sense to them. No longer are ketubahs or stepping on the glass only for Jewish couples.

We are big supporters of cross-traditioning (just made that up) and are excited that the ceremony is a place for couples to express their creativity and love as inspired by whichever traditions they choose. The ketubah was originally a scribed legal document in place to protect the wife. Today in the spirit of updating tradition, we are inspired by the history of the ketubah but often add new sentiment and have created personalized wedding vows that focus on an equal promise of love and support by both partners. We hope that together with happy couples we will have the opportunity to scribe personalized vows that move towards a new tradition and future where we choose what to say and how to say it.

The NY Times posted an interesting article about people of all faiths embracing Jewish tradition.

This is something we toast to and proudly say, We Do!

The Gift of Love

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Ketubah Graphia is big into gifts…giving them (and getting them, of course). Ketubah Graphia now offers gift certificates in several different denominations so that you can be a part of giving a couple the ketubah of their dreams, or gifting any of the products we create.

We gush hearing all the love stories that we do when working with couples to create one-of-a-kind ketubahs, and hope to be able to involve family and friends of couples in the process.

We think that banding together as a group of friends or family and giving the gift of the Ketubah is the ultimate wedding gift. You purchase the gift certificate and we work directly with the couple to customize their ketubah. Imagine the joy under the chuppah when the ketubah is unveiled and your gift enabled the moment. Pure gifting glee!

What’s Your Trade?

Bartering, trading, swapping--call it what you will, this time-old exchange is the kind of currency we love. In our business we make testimonials of love about sharing, commitment and exchange of vows. Beyond hard cash, we like that remuneration is romantic too and champions the exchange of need and of talents. In setting up our new studio, we knew we wanted a horizontal paper shelf that would fit our custom needs and keep our materials in the best of shape. Along came a couple whose groom was a carpenter…and the offer of exchange was presented. The happy couple left with their ketubah and Ketubah Graphia now has a custom piece of furniture for our ketubah paper that we love…and we learned a thing or two about custom carpentry in the process. Voila!

Discount on Ketubahs for LGBT Couples Who Can Now Wed in NY

Ketubah Graphia woke to the amazing news of the marriage equality bill passing in New York! It is a very proud moment in history and to celebrate, KG is offering 20% off of any ketubah or gift item to anyone in the LGBT community planning to get married in NY. Ketubah Graphia is overjoyed by this landmark decision in favor of same-sex marriage and proud to be based in New York and to have served the LGBT community for many years. KG has been an advocate for this important issue which represents fairness and equality for all people regardless of sexual orientation. We look forward to providing loving couples with distinct works of art representing their union and commitment to one another.

Many texts are available for same-sex couples here, or feel free to provide your own personalized vows in any language or combination of languages.

Contact us today at aliza@ketubahgraphia.com or 646.812.0584 to start your order….and CONGRATULATIONS to us all!

For Your Eyes AND Ears

I received a very exciting and timely e-mail yesterday from my old friend Aaron Bisman, President and CEO at JDub Records... JDub's Marketing Director, Naomi Zinner, saw my Aishet Chayil limited edition print now available and recognized a great collaboration opportunity between the print and one of JDub's bands, Girls in Trouble, whose song"Rubies" on their newly realeased album Half You Half Me was inspired by the Aishet Chayil, the woman of valor.

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Not only was I thrilled to collaborate with and support JDub---a not for profit forging vibrant connections to Judaism through music, media, and cultural events---but I also LOVE this song! It is beautiful. I happily can't get it out of my head and it feels like a perfect complement to the print.

So...

Ketubah Graphia is giving away a free mp3 of "Rubies" to anyone who purchases the Aishet Chayil limited edition print. Get a listen of "Rubies" here.

Like what you hear?  See Girls in Trouble playing in a city near you.  I'll be at their Joe's Pub show on May 19th. If you want to read more about the band, they just got written up in the Jewish Chronicle, which calls the album, "stormy, billowing, and beautiful..."

And now, I have to go sign more prints, listen to my new copy of HalfYou HalfMe and practice my guitar.

Special Gifts for Mother's Day

I'm usually pretty good at keeping secrets, but once I post this I think my Mom's going to know what she's getting for Mother's Day this year...

I just finished this limited edition print of the Aishet Chayil, or "Woman of Valor" who sets the tone of love, spirituality, and personal growth for all those around her. The poem has an acrostic arrangement in which the verses begin with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet in order.

The print is now available, just in time for Mother's Day or a great gift any time for the special women in your life.  See more information here.

Ketubah Graphia at premier New York bridal fair

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On November 15th, Ketubah Graphia will be featured at The Wedding Salon annual exclusive one-day event for brides-to-be in Manhattan. A variety of ketubah designs and gifts for couples' family, friends and special wedding guests will be on view. For more information about The Wedding Salon and other participating vendors visit www.weddingsalon.com. Look forward to seeing you there.

What’s with all the different spellings for “ketubah”?

Ketubah, ketuba, kettubbah, ketubbah, kattuba, kettubah…. Whichever way you spell it, a search on the internet for any of the various spellings should yield results.  It’s like Chanukah (or Channuka, Hannukkah, Hanukkah, Hanuka....you get the picture).  As you can see, Ketubah Graphia has chosen one consistent spelling.  It just makes it easier that way.

Ketubah Graphia is your international source for custom ketubahs

For the last several months, Ketubah Graphia has been operating out of Johannesburg, South Africa. The ketubah business here has been quite an interesting endeavor. While South Africa boasts a large Jewish population--mostly traditional if not Orthodox—custom-made ketubot bought as works of art have not quite caught on as a concept as of yet. A few South African tastemakers, however, including Nadine Rubin (former Elle South Africa editor) as well as Tracy Stern (Ogilvy & Mather Associate) and their now-husbands recently ordered ketubot, so perhaps the trend will catch on soon.  Meanwhile, I am plenty busy making ketubot for the rest of the world and still hope the ketubah as a lasting, ritual object to be framed and enjoyed daily eventually catches on here.

(And yes...in between ketubahs, KG is busy watching and attending World Cup games.)

KG now offering additional gifts for special wedding guests or any time

Looking to honor special guests to your wedding, thank your parents, grandparents or anyone who has instilled in you a love of family and companionship?  Ketubah Graphia now offers several ways for you to do so. Add to your ketubah order one or more of the following handwritten gift texts.  Ink colors and papercut details can be customized according to each recipient or as a complimentary work of art suggestive of your own ketubah.  You may also write and supply me with your own text, up to 200 words, for an even more personalized gift.

Poetic Phrases: These Hebrew phrases are cut from and mounted separately on 18″ x 6″ watercolor paper with the translated English hand-calligraphed in a color of your choice underneath. (add $150.00)  You can also supply your own choice of phrase no longer than 28 characters (including spaces) in total.

Home Blessings: Hand-calligraphed on 9″ x 11″ watercolor paper available in Hebrew, English or both. (add $100).

Parents/Grandparents Blessing: Hand-calligraphed on 9″ x 11″ watercolor paper available in Hebrew, English or both. (add $150).

Anniversary texts: Choose from several beautiful anniversary texts or send a copy of an original ketubah to be recreated as a new work of art honoring years together. (Pricing is same as any ketubah.)


Ketubah Graphia spreads the joy

A percentage of all our sales are donated to the following organizations whose missions are a direct reflection of the values and perspectives represented by Ketubah Graphia. When you order a ketubah from Ketubah Graphia, you have the choice of deciding towards which organization the percentage of your order will be donated. Here’s a bit of information about each. Follow the links to their websites for more. Human Rights Campaign HRC envisions an America where gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of the American family at home, at work and in every community. www.hrc.org

National Art Education Association The NAEA promotes art education through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership. www.naea-reston.org

Foundation for Jewish Culture The FJC invests in creative individuals in order to nurture a vibrant and enduring Jewish identity, culture and community. www.jewishculture.org

Ketubah Graphia at Brooklyn Bridal Fair

This Sunday, March 7th, at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Ketubah Graphia will be participating in the first annual Brooklyn Bridal Fair with a great line-up of talented vendors in the industry, all based in Brooklyn. I will be there with samples of Jewish wedding contracts and non-Jewish calligraphed vows, and to meet with brides-to-be to discuss creating the perfect original work of art to honor their specific ceremony. I hope to see you there. BAM, Brooklyn’s leading cultural institution and an international leader in performance arts, will host the show on March 7th in partnership with Great Performances, its exclusive caterer, and supported by Edible Brooklyn, the voice of the new food movement in the boro.

Participants:

FLORISTS Fleurs Bella Opalia Flowers

Blossom and Branch

Root Stock & Quade

CAKE MAKERS Nine Cakes Kumquat Cupcakery

WEDDING PLANNERS Xochitl Gonzalez Amanda Diamondstein- Cieplinska: Stellina Events

KETUBAH DESIGNER Aliza Boyer - Ketubah Graphia

EVENT DESIGN Jillan Event Design MAKEUP ARTIST Laura Pugliese Marcos Diaz

TRAVEL AGENCY Honeymoon LCT

WEDDING BLOGGER

100 Layer Cake

PUBLICATIONS Brides Magazine The Knot

VIDEO Bond Street Productions MDK Productions Kiss the Bride Films

JEWELRY SKS Jewelers Amanne Jewelers

CALLIGRAPHER/INVITATIONS Love, Jenna Invite Couture Serimony

OFFICIANTS Mary Mulliken - Treelife Coaching

FOOD & WINE Smith & Vine Stinky Brooklyn

CHOCOLATIERS

Fine and Raw

NuNu Chocolates Tumbador Chocolate

PHOTOGRAPHERS Kelly Guenther – Pulitzer-Prize winner Robert DiScalfani E&V Weddings Kristina Hill Photography

VENUES/HOTELS Skylight One Hanson iCi NU Hotel

SPA/SALON Sanctuary Salon Tres Belle Spa

WEDDING BAND Two Dudes Playing Your Wedding

...Don't miss it!

Help! We love the idea of a ketubah but we’re not Jewish

Many people ask me if they can have a ketubah even if they are not Jewish. They love the idea and ritual of a marriage contract or a way to artistically document and hang on the wall their commitment to one another. Ketubah Graphia says, "Of course!"

Ketubah Graphia has many text options, can customize texts, or work with any wording a couple provides (600 words or less total).

You can choose from any of the texts on the website such as the Interfaith, English-only Wedding Blessing, Secular Humanistic, Equal Partners, Traditional Apache Wedding Blessing, write your own, provide me with a copy of your vows or other wording from your ceremony, poetic verses meaningful to you, or any other text and I’ll turn it into a contemporary handmade design that marks your occasion and commitment to one another.

Anyone can have a “ketubah” that reflects a combination of their personal beliefs and vows to one another.