Go Back to the Impactful, Mystical Era: Victorian Ketubah

Go Back to the Impactful, Mystical Era: Victorian Ketubah

People are either absolutely fascinated with the Victorian era, or they find its reforms, conventions, and consequences too strict, but there is absolutely no in-between. An era so fascinating, groundbreaking, and core-shaking as the Victorian period is bound to create some sort of reaction, whether you like it or not. While some would argue that the entire ideology behind this period has completely vanished with the reign of Queen Victoria, others would strongly disagree, being able to point out so many deep marks of this time. Whether you agree with the methods and rules the Victorian era has imposed on people, its glory and enormous historical importance are undeniable.

When it comes to society, culture, and moral, the Victorian era proposed theories and conventions that many would consider outdated and long gone. The 19th century brought the domination of the church, religion, and rigid moral norms that were believed to be the foundation of a healthy, stable Victorian society. One of the objectives of the Victorian era was to end slavery once and for all, especially among the most affected social groups – women and children. However, taking the flourishment of child labor in the Victorian era into consideration, as well as more than obvious gender inequality, it is safe to say that this period was extremely paradoxical.

On the other hand, what is pretty straightforward about the Victorian era is its magnificent impact on architecture and art, that will surely live forever, Victorian architecture is considered a unique blend of various architectural styles throughout history, thanks to which we are able to enjoy the Palace of Westminister, Royal Albert Hall, and numerous other astonishing objects. Of course, let’s not forget the Victorian era in literature, including Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, and many other names whose influence and work have shaped the literature as we know it today.

The Steampunk ketubah design is a unique blend of everything the Victorian era represents: passion, love, unique fashion, as well as a characteristic color scheme and scenery. Even though this is a Victorian era-inspired ketubah representing tradition and history, it still nurtures the recognizable bold modern art vibe you expect to see in all our ketubah designs. Fans of the Victorian era, the intricate Art Nouveau movement, as well as the steamboat genre, will particularly enjoy this romantic ketubah design. Make sure to take a look at our other Victorian ketubah pieces!


Live Your Own Fairy Tale: Fairy Tale Ketubah

Live Your Own Fairy Tale: Fairy Tale Ketubah

Who doesn’t love fairy tales? Some may think that this is a strictly girly topic, but we strongly disagree. Fairy tales inspire us all, regardless of gender, age, and views. Most times in life we don’t get to see the happy ending, and love doesn’t conquer it all, but in fairy tales happiness, joy, and justice are granted, which is always a nice break from reality. Nevertheless, we can all build our own fairy tale, write our own scenario, and most importantly – pick the protagonist. Perhaps real-life fairy tales aren’t perfect, and as magical, but when shared with the right person, they can turn out to be even better.

In every single fairy tale, we have the good and the bad, the virtues and the vices, the light and the darkness. The villains in fairy tales try to corrupt the virtuous, righteous protagonists, lure them into temptation, or destroy their happiness. On the other hand, positive characters in a fairy tale are fighting in the name of justice, love, friendship, and peace.

In real life, we don’t live in fairy tale castles, fight dragons and mystical creatures, or make pacts with enchantresses, but we certainly do encounter challenges, temptations, and evil. We experience ups and downs and battles, and even though we don’t have magical powers or creatures from fairy tales by our side in these moments, those lucky enough have their own fairy mothers, princes and princesses.

In fact, fairy tales aren’t that different from realistic stories, since the same principles apply. In both fairy tales and the real world, love is the essence of life, the true and only meaning, the biggest power, and the strongest motivation. It brings people together, settles their differences, and gives them the strength to overcome obstacles. Just like in fairy tales, in real life, too, after hardships we are bound to experience better times, and there is certainly a light at the end of the tunnel. And the best part about the fairy tale you’re living is that it is real, it belongs to you, and you get to share it with whomever you want!

Once Upon a Dream ketubah is truly a magical, mesmerizing, enchanting fairy tale ketubah design, which has fairy tale written all over it. Inspired by Sleeping Beauty, the ultimate fairy tale we all love, it portrays a couple in love dancing in a ballroom. This ketubah design captures emotion, romance, and love between a couple who are enjoying their dance as if they were the only two people in the world – an emotion newlyweds can certainly relate to.


Your Personal Time Machine: Retro Ketubah

Your Personal Time Machine: Retro Ketubah

With the overflow of new styles, trends, and movements, in the midst of the urban chaos and the sea of innovations, somehow, retro has found its way back. Its comeback wasn’t all that sudden, however. Over the years, we have witnessed different retro waves returning, one by one, and surprisingly gaining the sympathies of millennials who weren’t even around when these styles were at their prime. It may seem counterintuitive, but the bigger modern revolutions we experience, the more we seem to be melancholic about everything retro. What is it about the retro and past times that draws us back in and makes us embark on a trip down the memory lane? Retro is simply a testimony of great times and a way to relive or be a part of that greatness, even with a single piece of clothing, furniture, or your ketubah!

Retro, as a concept and a term, has been used since the 1960s. Retro has been used to describe melancholia and nostalgia people felt when it comes to the past, which they expressed through literature and art mostly. Today, we recognize retro motifs and ideas in many different areas.

Retro, as a powerful wave in fashion, music, film, interior, and art, represents an accumulation of the best that styles had to offer over the years. Therefore, we could define retro as a carefully executed selection of supreme elements that stood out in various eras and periods, which have earned their place in the modern world. The popularity of retro is a proof that quality indeed does not have an expiration date, and certain styles will truly live forever. Whether it has been triggered by people’s dissatisfaction with the present or their melancholia, it is undeniable that the days gone by truly live through the retro style.

The Retro Ketubah is a gorgeous, colorful ketubah design which will take you straight back to the 1970s. This colorful ketubah embodies the elements of modern art: bold shapes and outlines, geometrical motifs, as well as vivid, bold colors, while still nurturing the retro spirit of the disco, passionate, ever-green ’70s. We have been blessed with disco music back in the 1970s, and although those days are far behind, the retro movement in music keeps the disco sound alive. This unique retro ketubah design unifies different retro motifs while keeping the modern, edgy, extravagant touch our ketubahs are known for. Head over to our retro ketubah gallery to check out our retro designs!



Symbols of Peace and Eternal Love: Ketubah with Doves

Symbols of Peace and Eternal Love: Ketubah with Doves

The rich, widespread symbolism of doves includes so many different meanings and connotations, all of which are extremely positive. Since the beginning of time, doves have symbolized peace, love, unity, and fresh beginnings. We often see them at weddings, where they represent the holy union between two people in love in all its glory. Throughout the history of mankind, they have represented an escape from the darkest of times, a brand new start, and a ray of hope that was always much-needed. A white dove in the sky meant freedom, happiness, joy, and understanding among people, and it marked only the brightest of chapters.

The symbolism of doves dates back to ancient Mesopotamia, where doves were seen as symbols of love. In fact, even one of their goddesses was believed to take the form of a dove, which signifies the importance of doves in paganism. When it comes to classical antiquity, goddess Aphrodite, mostly associated with beauty and love, found doves sacred and they were one of her prevalent symbols, hand in hand with roses and swans. One of the “living proofs” of the significance of doves in Greek mythology is that the Athenian Acropolis is decorated with sculptures of doves.

In Judaism, as well as Christianity, doves are related to the story of Noak’s ark, in which a dove carrying an olive branch, signified the end of the flood and the beginning of a new life. In some religions and philosophies, doves signify human souls and their purity. Today, doves stand for peace and the idea of pacifism in politics, often appearing in various peace campaigns, protests, as well as monumental events such as the Olimpic Games.  A dove is such a strong symbol of peace that sometimes people who advocate the pacifist ideology are referred to as doves.

The Lovey Dovey ketubah design romantically depicts doves in all their beauty and glory. In this particular design, the focus is on a pair of doves, signifying love, unity, and marriage, while in the background there is a flock of doves. The emphasis on the two doves in love stands for their unique unity, and the way two people become one after their wedding, taking on the world together. The subtle, romantic setting, as well as a gentle color scheme, in combination with the sunset in the background, all contribute to the overall mesmerizing vibe of this gorgeous doves ketubah design.


Mystery and Glory Married: Castle Ketubah

Mystery and Glory Married: Castle Ketubah

How many of you have dreamed of living in a castle? We know we certainly do! Who wouldn’t want the fairytale life of living in a glorious, fascinating medieval castle, surrounded by luxurious objects, silk sheets, candles, and astonishing decor? Everything about castles is surrounded with a veil of a mystery many centuries old, and it is precisely the mystery and glory surrounding these beautiful objects that draws people to them. Many castles stand as testimonies of their owners’ history and time. Even though many of the famous families and dynasties do not live in these castles anymore, their presence can still be felt in every inch of their castle, which is one of the biggest parts of their legacies.

Castles have appeared in the medieval period, built for royalty and noble families, and fortified due to safety reasons. Besides glamour, luxury, and comfort, these rich and important families needed their residences to be extremely secure and shielded from the enemy. Also, many castles were built in a way that would allow the guard to fight back from their position if needed. The fact that some castles survived through brutal wars and numerous hardships speaks of the impeccable and admirable architecture of that time.

Castles are often associated with the royal lifestyle and everything it entailed, including important historical events, grandiose parties, as well as glamorous and enchanting fashion of that time, such as hand-sewn gowns and suits. The interior of these castles stands as a “living” proof of the lifestyle of medieval people, which was far from dull and ordinary. However, the exterior may sometimes tell the other side of the story: the attacks the settlement suffered, the wars that the castle survived, and the claws of the time that, no matter how well-built the castle is, have dug into its walls. Luckily, many extravagant castles have been restored and preserved.

The Tim’s World ketubah design, inspired by Tim Burton and his Corpse Bride theme, is a gorgeous piece of modern art which emphasizes and embraces the tempting darkness and sophistication of castles. The mysterious night atmosphere with a castle in the background is enriched with the addition of a couple representing love and romance even in an unorthodox, gloomy setting such as this one. This unique castle ketubah piece is perfect for admirers of Tim Burton’s work, as well as couples who appreciate the unusual mixture of dark fairytale and romantic elements. Make sure to check out our special Castle Ketubah collection!


The Symbol of Celebration: Henna Ketubah

The Symbol of Celebration: Henna Ketubah

We’re sure you’re quite familiar with henna, as its growing popularity is undeniable. However, not many people are aware of the fact that henna is much more than a temporary tattoo and a trend that comes and goes. Henna has a deep cultural and traditional meaning which stretches far beyond the obvious aesthetic aspect. Said to be originating from Ancient Egypt, the actual henna color is made of the dried leaves of a fragrant, tiny flower, which are turned into a powder and used not only for henna tattooing but also for hair and clothes dying. Certain records speak in favor of henna being a part of Cleopatra’s beauty regime, and it has also been used in the mummification process since they painted the nails of mummies with it.

What we know as henna tattooing is actually referred to as Mehndi, symbolizing the act of  placing henna onto hands and feet. Henna is not exclusive to a single culture, nor does it have an universal, wide-spread meaning. In every single culture and tradition, henna symbolizes a different notion, and it is mostly used in rituals. For instance, in the Hindu culture, henna represents happiness, joy, offering, and spiritual awakening as it is painted on the bride, symbolizing the beginning of a new era in her life. On the other hand, Maroccans believe that henna will bring them prosperity and protect them of any evil if they paint their doors with it.

Nonetheless, the differences in henna do not only regard the symbolism. Different traditions require different henna shapes, lines, and patterns, hence the floral design and fine lines in Indian culture, as opposed to larger Arabic henna and bold African henna with more geometrical shapes. Flower henna is one of the most popular henna designs, especially in Indian culture where it is believed to symbolize joy and happiness. Henna buds, which we can also see in modern designs, stand for a new start, which is why we often see them in bridal henna, as well as the palms of future mothers. Another popular design is peacock henna, which unsurprisingly signifies beauty.

The Henna Love ketubah design is perfect for a Hindu-Jewish wedding and a couple who would like to incorporate a piece of this beautiful, meaningful tradition in their own love story. Even if you’re just a fan of the henna movement, you’ll absolutely love the detailed, sophisticated look of this henna ketubah design.


Be the Architects of Your Own Love Story: Architecture Inspired Ketubah

Be the Architects of Your Own Love Story: Architecture Inspired Ketubah

The beauty of architecture is in creating something truly unique and being able to enrich the world with new and personal ideas and projects. While the contribution the architecture makes to the world is enormous and extremely special, each and every one of us has the opportunity to leave our own mark on this world, whatever it is that we do. Not only can we leave something to be remembered by through our careers, but through our very existence, too. We are all the architects of our own lives, and we’re only provided with rough drafts. How we decide to construct and organize them is up to us, the master architects.

Architecture is our silent guide through the history of the world. The books and testimonies may lie but the buildings, fortresses, castles, and walls cannot. In architecture, we can read hidden messages, recognize patterns, truly understand periods and people, and witness the chronological development of our civilization, through wars and hardships, as well as glorious times. It is amazing how different styles in architecture can paint the picture of that historical period so vividly and originally. Each and every movement in the architecture portrays the characteristics of that particular period. Therefore, we could perceive architecture as the mirror of time; the patient witness of history.

The history of architecture gives us the opportunity to travel through time and learn about different styles, especially when it comes to those that haven’t been preserved, unfortunately. It is truly fascinating to see how architecture developed through time, from pure functionality to a perfect mix of comfort, quality, and aesthetics. People learned to focus not only on the pragmatic aspect but on the beauty of architecture which shapes the world we live in. Also, in the architecture of different periods, we are able to recognize the traces of the routines, lifestyles, and interests of people who lived in that time.

The Brooklyn Bridge BW architecture-inspired ketubah celebrates the architecture pearl of not only New York but the entire world. The black and white design of this architecture-inspired ketubah piece emphasizes the simplicity, elegance, and undeniable chic style of the modern art. This ketubah also incorporates the city skyline in the background, creating a peaceful, serene representation of the city any New Yorker would appreciate. This particular ketubah design, as well as other pieces from our architecture-inspired collection, is a perfect choice for architects or those who simply appreciate the beauty and value of architecture.


Go Team Love: Sports Ketubah

Go Team Love: Sports Ketubah

All you passionate sports fan, we’re sure you’re going to love our initiative to include motives of sport into romantic ketubah designs. Unfortunately for sports fanatics, hardly anything about weddings, romantic events and ceremonies incorporates sports in any way. Well, since it is our mission here at This Is Not a Ketubah, Yes It Is! to break all the rules and let our creativity and imagination run wild, there is a collection for literally everyone – including you, sports fans. We want to cater to needs of every single customer, while still keeping that romantic, sensual note of a ketubah, all wrapped in a magnificent piece of modern art.

We often hear that people who are not fans of sports do not understand what’s the hype about. They don’t understand the excitement, the adrenaline rush, the happiness sports fan feel every time their favorite athlete or team wins. On the other hand, they also find it hard to wrap their minds around the fact that a single match or a game can affect a sports fan’s mood and ruin their day. There is just something magical about sports that brings people together, makes them forget about their everyday troubles, even for a couple of hours, and enjoy pure athleticism.

Sports fans feel a special connection to their favorite team, player, or athlete. Something that only true and passionate sports fans can understand is the pre-game or pre-match anxiety, excitement, and celebration or disappointment they share with their favorites as if they were to share that field, court or ring with athletes. Many sports events, such as Superbowl, have become family and friend traditions. This way, sports are not just competitions since they get elevated to the next level, thus becoming an irreplaceable part of sports fans’ lives.

At first sight, our The Dolphins sports ketubah design may seem like a piece that belongs in the animal lovers ketubah gallery only. However, this incredibly romantic, statement-making piece is a tribute to none other than the Miami Dolphins football team. Florida residents, football lovers, and especially the Miami Dolphins “ride-or-dies” will absolutely love this sports ketubah edition, capturing a patriotic love, as well as a love for a team. In addition, this gorgeous sports ketubah piece incorporates romantic detailing represented by two dolphins symbolizing a union between two people; as well as staples of modern art, including bright colors and vivid imagery.


The Elegance of Darkness: Gothic Ketubah

The Elegance of Darkness: Gothic Ketubah

Inspired by Halloween – the scariest, but probably the most creative holiday of them all, we’ve decided to dig through our ketubah gallery and pick an appropriate collection for this day, and of course – gothic ketubah came to mind. When you think of the gothic culture, things that come to mind are darkness, mystery, night, and intense emotions. Just like Halloween, gothic style embraces the dark side and elevates it to a whole new level which is fun, exciting, and unique. It is true that gothic style isn’t for everyone, and cannot be appreciated by people who simply don’t find any elegance in darkness. However, if you’re a fan of the gothic culture, and Halloween happens to be your favorite holiday, we’re quite positive you’ll absolutely love our gothic ketubah collection!

Darkness is certainly one of the main symbols of the gothic culture, which has been embodied through music, cinematography, style, clothes, as well as art. Gothic culture is known for its unique representation of darkness since it embraces and celebrates it, instead of emphasizing its negativity – which has been the case in many other cultures. Black color has become the synonym for gothic, since goths appreciate black settings, clothes, accessories, and makeup. People who appreciate the gothic culture and nurture its edgy style have often been perceived as harsh and aggressive, while in reality, their physical appearance was merely a reflection of their inner rebellion against molds they had no intentions of fitting into.

What’s particularly interesting when it comes to the development gothic style is that the color of black was combined with none other than pink, which had been avoided and mocked by goths in the past. The addition of the pink color in the exclusively dark gothic style opened the door for the expression of themes of romance and love, which may not have been explored as openly until that historic moment.

The Gothchic ketubah is a perfect representation of the addition of elements of love and romance in the gothic culture. This gothic ketubah design portrays a couple of ancient gothic time, dressed in a corset gown and an elegant suit, holding hands. In the background, we can see more elements contributing to the gorgeously mysterious gothic atmosphere: the darkness of the night (combined with a romantic star-studded night sky), as well as a castle representing the famous gothic architecture. Discover other ketubah designs celebrating the uniqueness and boldness of the gothic culture in our gothic ketubah gallery!


Popular Culture Turned into Fine Art: Pop Art Ketubah

Popular Culture Turned into Fine Art: Pop Art Ketubah

Pop art has definitely caught the attention of many with its bold colors, emphasized lines, and an overall unique, never-seen-before style. Pop art was the symbol of the modern culture in the 1950’s and 1960’s,  and many considered it more of a movement than an artistic style. Alongside pop art, other aspects of art gained massive popularity, as well, including youth culture and pop music – especially The Beatles and Elvis. What pop art, as well as pop culture, personified was a rebellion against the old, well-established movements and styles. Pop art was a breath of fresh air, full of innovations that young people, in particular, appreciated greatly.

In the dark post-war period, pop art was what brought a sense of hope and triggered optimism in people. When it comes to inspiration, pop art did not solely rely on a single movement or artist, but it became an original mixture of a number of styles, designs, and influences from all around the world. It is safe to say that pop art broke all the rules and paved the way for rebellious modern art we all love and cherish today. In the epicenter of pop art, there were mass-culture, mass-media, and mass-production.

In pop art, artists were allowed to showcase their individuality through their own, unique vision. Pop art required no explanations or regulations, and it was entirely up to the artist to shape the idea and presentation of their content. Andy Warhol, one of the leading names of the pop art culture, drew his inspiration from various mass-culture sources, including newspapers, movies, TV shows, and of course – comic books. One of his objectives that made him so different from all the other artists was that he often transformed second-hand, dull-looking celebrity photos into works of pop art, giving them an entirely different look.

The Entwined Hands ketubah is one of our favorite pop art ketubah designs since it represents an embodiment of everything that pop art is. Besides celebrating pop art in all its glory, this particular ketubah design includes elements of romance since it portrays a couple in love holding hands. Any pop art piece from our pop art ketubah collection would be a great choice for couples who enjoy comic books, modern art, or just pop culture in general. The Entwined Hands ketubah design is a colorful, joyful, outstanding ketubah piece you’ll proudly show off to your friends and family!


A Splatter of Color in Your Life: Colorful Ketubah

A Splatter of Color in Your Life: Colorful Ketubah

In a world of black and white (and perhaps some grey), it is our own job to make our lives colorful. If you’re someone who enjoys thinking outside the box and going for unconventional alternatives, you’ll absolutely love the concept of our colorful ketubah. Here at This Is Not a Ketubah, Yes It Is! we have developed an innovative approach to a traditional symbol that ketubah is. We love everything a ketubah represents, but we’ve decided to “dress” it differently and give it more individuality by incorporating modern art, which is often colorful and eye-catching. Modern art, in fact, represents a rebellion against conventions and rules, and colorful designs are just that – a way to flee the dullness of conventional.

Whether it is your outfit, your living room, your garden, or your life in general – a pop of color makes such a great difference. Scientists have discovered that colors have a great psychological effect and that colorful ambients indeed can affect the mood. For instance, compare your mood during gloomy, grey seasons, and in the springtime, when everything’s bright and colorful. Colorful settings tend to trigger imagination and inspiration, raise our spirits, and boost our creativity and energy.

In life, we shouldn’t be afraid of making an impact and standing out, which is exactly what colorful, bold designs give us the opportunity to do. If simplicity isn’t what truly defines your style, beliefs, and personality, then you shouldn’t settle for it, and you should definitely opt for colorful options. Colorful ketubah designs allow you to truly express yourself and your romance. Sometimes, our emotions are so complex and outstanding that one single color cannot do them justice. Modern art usually incorporates bold, vibrant color choices and colorful designs, perfect for couples that just don’t fit the mold and prefer to create their own rules.

Geometry in Horizontal ketubah incorporates two prominent, recognizable characteristics of the modern art: a striking geometrical style, and a colorful, vibrant design. This particular colorful ketubah design is a great option for you if you appreciate the addition of geometry in modern art. Also, since the symbolism of colors is extremely strong, every single color in this colorful ketubah design can signify a different phase, emotion, or memory in the life of a couple. For more breathtaking color-loving ketubah designs, make sure to check out our colorful ketubah gallery!


The Secret to Happiness: Freedom Ketubah

The Secret to Happiness: Freedom Ketubah

Throughout history, there were countless instances which proved the fact that without freedom, everything else loses its importance. Freedom seems to be the essential ingredient of life, which allows us to truly prosper and be happy. Without freedom, we are limited in every single aspect of our life, including love. They say that the most valuable things in life cannot be bought, and the same applies to freedom. Regardless of all the success, material things in our possession, social status, and everything else that has a price tag on it, freedom still remains the one thing that is the essence of life, and its value cannot be estimated.

Why is freedom, aside from love, the most-fought-for gift of life? Freedom in all its forms and shapes allows us to truly grow as humans. Faced with limitations and barriers, people tend to lower their expectations, limit their dreams and feel like they don’t deserve more. Lacking creative freedom, people lose their originality and uniqueness to conform to society and be able to fit the patterns. Struggling with the lack of freedom in relationships, people feel the need to lose themselves in order to make the other person happy and keep the relationship alive. The lack of freedom, in general, makes people settle for less than they deserve and not ever experience life in all its glory. The bottom line is that freedom is what truly allows us to be our best selves and show our real faces to the world, instead of trying to live someone else’s life.

Freedom may be our granted right, but often times we are in a position to fight for it. Taking a stand, speaking your mind, and holding your ground even through hard times is what will ultimately lead you to absolute freedom – the opportunity to be yourself and be loved for who you are. Freedom is ultimately the ability to show your true colors and believe in yourself, which takes a lot of courage and self-work.

Freedom is, after all, a complex notion which can have a different meaning for different people. Nevertheless, if freedom had a physical form, it would be The Flying into the Dusk ketubah design. White birds have been known as symbols of freedom for centuries, and this ketubah design portrays their magical flight. What is particularly interesting about this freedom inspired ketubah design is that the two birds are enjoying their freedom together: each of them keeping their own individuality while enjoying their union.

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