I use an Italian-imported imitation parchment. It comes in white or antique, shown below. Please specify which you’d prefer.
I work only with lightfast inks, so your certificate will last as long as you do.
Do you want the entire text done in black? Or would you rather have the main text in black but your names in another color?
I have red, blue, and purple inks in stock, and for short stretches like names, I can use thinned paints.
I typically do 16x20 for weddings with 150+ guests. A 16x20 certificate plus mat will fit a 20x24 frame. All told, expect a 16x20 certificate to take up somewhere around 25x28 of wall space.
For smaller weddings, one standard artwork size step down to 12x16 might be appropriate.
It’s better to overestimate the number of guests than to underestimate, especially with Quaker weddings being open to the community. One bride told me “250. Wait, just in case, let’s say 300.” There were 307 signatures when all was said and done.
Illustration & Borders
- Do you want a border across the top and down the sides of the text? Just across the top? Corner swags only?
- What motif would you prefer? Plants are popular, and knotwork is fun. If you have another preference, let's chat.