11Dec

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.


07Dec

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.


08Nov

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.


31Oct

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!


25Oct

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!


21Oct

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!


13Oct

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.


05Oct

Learn to Ride the Waves: Ketubot with Waves

Learn to Ride the Waves: Ketubot with Waves

We've all probably been on the receiving end of a piece of advice that encourages us to take matters into our own hands and take life by the throat, because the truth is that we can either learn to ride the waves of life or let them control us. Well, we all know that these waves can get pretty wild and intimidating, and it is during the storm that we wish there was a boat coming to save us. In fact, the strongest waves we don't drown in are exactly what makes us stronger and shapes our character through life, which is something we should not turn away from.

They say that "a smooth sea never made a skillful soldier", and while that may be hard to accept, it is entirely true. Once the waves start building, getting stronger, bigger, and more powerful - that's when our survival skills are truly put to the test. Now, whether we're talking about actual sailing or life in general, it is safe to say that only hardships have a transformative power and that no lectures would be learned without those exciting waves that throw us off our feet. Waves can also signify an exciting change in our lives - the one we have been waiting for a long time. Life can get pretty stagnant and dull at times, so why not embrace the waves of change? We never know what these waves may bring but we can only hope for the best. Even the worst case scenario the waves bring to the surface can mean a lesson - a hard-learned one, but still appreciated.

At times, the best thing you can do is go with the flow and let the waves take you wherever it is you're supposed to go at that moment. Many people tend to be too controlling, lacking spontaneity and faith, trying to avoid or control the waves life throws at them. It is not always up to us to decide the directions of our journey, and all we can do is trust the waves and let the wind do its magic.

The Golden Wave ketubah is an abstract representation of a wave, capturing its force, speed, and wild nature with swift, undefined brush strokes. What contributes to a chaotic representation of a wave is also the color scheme. Ketubah with waves is a great choice for passionate surfers who understand waves better than anyone else.

 

 


28Sep

A True Rebellion: Modern Ketubah

A True Rebellion: Modern Ketubah

While many people are afraid to come out of their shell and leave their comfort zone, there are also those who enjoy thinking outside of the box and exploring modern trends. Yes, traditional means cozy, safe, and familiar, which gives us a sense of security, but sometimes what we need is a breeze of fresh air - which is exactly what modern art brings to the table. The bottom line is that, at the end of the day, we can respect and cherish our roots while still wanting more, and not everything labeled modern is necessarily opposing the traditional. If you think about it, many modern trends are merely a transformation of the old.

Modern art may be perceived as a rebellion against a stagnant system, or simply an outburst of pilled up emotions. Before modern art, artists were very limited when it comes to inspiration for their work. They were mostly creating art for their patrons who had specific requests lacking creative spirit, such as their portraits. Needless to say, there was no creative freedom or room for growth when it comes to art before the modern revolution had struck the world.

What this modern revolution brought along was an opportunity for the artist to speak their mind, express their own feelings, and portray their unique, individual experiences instead of having to follow the instructions of others. Therefore, we could say that modern art is not the opposite of the traditional - it has just freed itself from the chains of restrainment. Modern artists were inspired to start exploring concepts beyond the physical and tangible, reaching the depths of the human mind and digging into the subconscious. Never-before-seen techniques, ideas, and concepts became the symbols of modern art, which outgrew all the patterns.

A modern ketubah is a perfect way to marry the traditional and the modern into a perfect mixture. With modern ketubah, you are still celebrating the traditional, well-known aspect of your marriage, while being able to stamp your own unique mark on it. The truth is that you don't have to follow in somebody else's footsteps in order to respect the tradition that means so much to you. With modern ketubah, you will do it your own way - which is the most genuine way, and you'll be proud of it for the rest of your life.

The Wisteria No. 18 ketubah is influenced by a modern artist, Mark Rothko, who is a great inspiration for modern ketubah designs due to his bold, one-of-a-kind style. Check out our modern ketubah gallery to find the perfect design for you!


26Sep

Yin to Your Yang: Presenting Our Yin and Yang Ketubah Collection

Yin to Your Yang: Presenting Our Yin and Yang Ketubah Collection

You've probably heard of the expression that opposites attract, and this is exactly the belief around which the principle of yin and yang revolves. However, in life, these opposites do not necessarily need to be extremes, and yin and yang can have many things in common. What makes two people yin and yang in life is the way they complement each other, accept each other's flaws and still manage to reach harmony. The philosophy of yin and yang is actually all about the harmony that we simply cannot achieve with just anybody. Once two people have truly clicked, and there's chemistry involved, we can say we have a rare case of yin and yang.

The yin and yang philosophy is one of the most prominent beliefs present in Chinese culture and tradition. Nevertheless, the yin and yang principle of opposites has taken over the world and is no longer exclusive to Chinese philosophy. According to an ancient belief, yin and yang are complete opposites, such as male and female, water and fire, light and dark. In order for absolute harmony to be achieved, both yin and yang must be present, which means that without dark light would not exist, and it is something we should all remember through life's hardships. However, the sole presence of both yin and yang is not enough. It is the precise amount of these opposed factors that creates the atmosphere and determines whether or not there will be harmony. Only when there is a balance, and no part is superior, can there be peace and happiness, according to the famous yin and yang theory.

Finding the yin to your yang does not necessarily have to require you deciding for the person who is the complete opposite of everything you stand for. While there are many cases where we see two contrasting sides functioning perfectly, yin and yang can represent a unity which simply functions thanks to compromises, mutual understanding, and unconditional love.

The Yin and Yang Earlybird ketubah design is a colorful, vibrant piece from our Yin and Yang ketubah collection which offers many variations when it comes to stylistic preferences. If you're a couple who's looking for a ketubah design which will cherish your individuality while still celebrating your unity, this yin and yang piece could be the answer. This gorgeous modern art yin and yang ketubah design is a great way to wrap up your love story, giving it a truly unique meaning.

 


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