3D Ketubahs

Make your statement of marriage come Alive...

March 2012


By Mazel Moments

3D ketubahs themselves seem to be something new to the market, and have only recently begun to catch on. A 3D ketubah is in most cases a ketubah that has additional elements added to the top of the design to create dimension and add drama to the overall look.

3D ketubahs are gaining popularity because couples are desiring a document that reflects their own commitment of marriage, and is also a gorgeous piece of art. They are attracted to the drama that the 3-dimensionality adds to the overall design and how it brings an otherwise flat piece of paper to life. Beautiful art is important, relevant, and timeless, which can represent how couples view their own upcoming marriage.

For Gabrielle, creating 3D Ketubahs and Judaica was the result of a “light bulb” moment in the shower! She loved researching Judaic symbols, including the meanings of each of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, but something was missing. When it popped into her head to make the designs “3D”, she felt like she was finally on the right track artistically. And so Ashra Designs :: Judaic Art Creations and 3D Ketubahs was born.

There seem to be 2 different kinds of 3D ketubahs. The majority of the available designs are papercut ketubahs that allow a background and text to show through. The second type are ketubahs that feature elements of the design affixed to top of the ketubah. Most of these ketubot add one or more additional layer to the ketubah itself creating a 3 dimensional effect. Gabrielle explains her 3D ketubah designs, “My ketubahs fall into the second category where elements of the design are added to the top of the print, but I take a very different approach. My designs are created with the knowledge that they will be built into a 3D frame of 8-12 layers that will surround the ketubah text. I hand-cut and intricately trim each piece needed to create the 3D frame, and also add small rhinestones with a subtle hand to add drama and light to the design. A matted print of the ketubah is added to the back of the frame. This removable layer is the document that will be signed at the ketubah signing ceremony. An opening on the 3D ketubah frame allows the signed ketubah text to show through, completing the dramatic 3-dimensional design. All of her 3D ketubot come with a shadowbox frame.

Couples seem to be gravitating towards designs that have a clean and modern look, yet are still filled with symbolism that communicates the feelings that the couple share. Ketubah symbols can be Jewish symbols such as kiddush cups or a hamsa, symbols from nature such as flowers or water, or any symbol that speaks to the couple and represents their relationship. This ketubah trend is also reflected in the text choices made by many couples. They want to choose words that are a true reflection of their relationship and what they feel they want their marriage to be. Many couples that choose traditional Orthodox and Conservative Hebrew texts, (which reflect the legal obligations of the groom to the bride), are choosing not to have their English text be a direct translation of the contract, but instead, are choosing and English text that speaks from their hearts about the their commitment to the union.  In some cases, couples even provide their own text that is unique and personal to them.

3D Judaic art and 3D ketubah designs that are filled with symbolism and reflect Jewish rituals and traditions, can make a meaningful and thoughtful gift. According to Gabrielle, people seem to be drawn to certain designs based on the symbols and colors when purchasing for an event. “Chai” seems to be very popular for Bat-Mitzvahs, “Legacy” for Bar-Mitzvahs, and “The Well Within” for those with illness. She also has a number of Home Blessings designs which make wonderful wedding gifts.