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Wedding certificates are a vital part of a Society of Friends (Quaker) wedding. There usually is no real officiant. Instead, members of the congregation must sign the certificate thereby indicating their consent to the marriage. Most of these certificates required 7 - 10 days to complete due to the intricate decoration.

See the Quaker Certificates Prices page.

Included in the price is a kneadable eraser and a pen for your guests to use. The eraser is good for erasing the grid that I lightly pencil in for the signatures. The pen is easy to write with and the ink is permanent, lightfast, smudgeproof and acid free. Since I use acid free paper, and waterproof, lightfast ink to letter your certificate, it should be around for your great-grandchildren to argue over which one inherits it.

In order to save space, I have left off the signature area on many of these certificates. Most of these certificates are approximately 22"x 30" or 24"x 36". Most need to be fairly long to accommodate all of the signatures.

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Some of the names have been blurred or changed at the request of the couple.

As an artist, I want visitors to my website to see as much of my work as possible. By commissioning me to create something for you, you are tacitly giving me permission to display this artwork on my website.

Like many artists, I am a bit absent-minded and I may forget to ask your permission, so if you do not want this or if you want your names removed or blurred, it is up to you to let me know.


This particular certificate was done for a couple who met in a park where there were lots of poppies, lupines and ferns. When they got married they wanted those same plants on their certificate. Sara said that she wrote the text herself. The size was 22"x30".


This couple wanted a circle of wildflowers that were native to their area. There are purple coneflowers, daisies, black-eyed susans and Queen Anne's lace. There was room for many signatures at the bottom. This was also 22"x30".


Below, Heather and Steven wanted a lush circle of flowers that included sunflowers, coneflowers, irises, delphiniums, forget-me-nots and black-eyed susans. This certificate was done on Pergamenata parchment paper. It is a heavy-weight paper that has the translucent quality of authentic old parchment. It was 30"x40".

Here is a closeup of the bottom right part of the certificate


Michelle and Adam wanted a tropical feel to their certificate, so I used hibiscus, bird-of-paradise, swiss cheese plants, mother-in-law tongues and palm fronds. There are some caladiums and ferns in there too. This was 22"x30".


Here is a closeup of the painting at the top of the certificate


Sarah and Michael asked for an omega with just a few roses twined around it. Due to the "loose" nature of the roses entwining around the circle, the price of this piece is less than the standard omega certificate.

Here's a closeup of it.


Tammy and Paul took elements from some of my other certificates and put them together to come up with something quite unique. The gold parchment was 19"x25".


Jill and Shawn asked for sunflowers, pink-wine calla lilies, red roses, ferns, daisies, wheat and shamrocks. They also wanted some knotwork, a humming bird and frogs incorporated into the design. The certificate was done on Pergamenata parchment and is 30" x 40".










Here are some close ups:






David and Susan wanted ferns, lupines and roses in the painting at the top of their certificate. Scroll down to see a close-up of it. Since I was able to use the drawing from the Lauber-Moses certificate, the price for this was less than the standard certificate of this kind.








James and Sandra wanted a circle instead of an omega. It was done on Pergamenata parchment. They also asked for an extra spray of flowers in the signature area and at the bottom of the piece. They asked for Stargazer lilies, stock, lilacs, etc. Here are some close-ups of them. The finished piece is 30"x40".






Jennifer and Gregory's certificate is done on ivory paper with yellow roses, lady's mantle, lilies of the valley, sweet peas and chrysanthemums. They didn't want a circle or omega, so I gave them an arch. There is a close-up below. The piece is 22"x30".












Abby and Nathan wanted pictures of prairie flowers. There are cornflowers, black-eyed susans, purple coneflowers, Queen Ann's lace and prairie blazing star. There is also a rabbit in the lower part of the painting. This was done on ivory paper and is 22"x30".



Lisa and Jonathan didn't want much in the way of decoration, just yellow roses and some scrollwork at the top to give it a slight Victorian feel. This was done on ivory paper. The font is Vivaldi. The size is 22"x30". Since there is so little in the way of decoration, I charge by the word for this type of certificate. The cost is $.60 per word if you want each line centered, slightly less if you want it flush left.



Miriam, Rebecca and Robin asked for an omega made of mulberries, purple irises, jewelweed, willow fronds, apple blossoms and daffodils. Their certificate was done on Pergamenata parchment and is approximately 30"x40".

Here's a closeup















The flowers for Ann and Kilian's circle came from Ann's bridesmaids. She asked each of them for their favorite flower and had me put them in the circle. The flowers are stephanotis, heather, forget-me-nots, tulips, roses, calla lillies, sunflowers, wild irises, daisies, daffodils and lavender.














Rachel and Daniel wanted a wintery, Christmas scene with red roses and variegated holly. They also wanted a snow scene with pine trees going down the sides of the signatures. There is a closeup of the top decoration below.







Jennifer and Benjamin wanted a border of wildflowers that were typical of the states where they were born; Colorado and Kentucky. The flowers they chose were columbine, Indian paintbrush and lupines for Colorado and ironweed, Queen Anne's Lace, goldenrod and black-eyed Susans for Kentucky.


The certificate was done on Pergamenata parchment and is about 30"x40". The lettering is "Palomares".




Here is a closeup of the flowers.





Kristin and Katherine really like the Craftsman style that was popular a century ago. They asked that their certificate reflect this. A closeup of their names and the floral decoration in the middle is below. The piece was done on white paper and was approximately 22"x30".








Margaret and Zander love the beach and wanted a tropical feel to their certificate.













Below is a closeup .



Rachael and Daniel wanted something to reflect their Irish backgrounds. I gave them some knots and some red dots around the initials of their names. Their guests signed in the blank space below the blue knot and the bells of Ireland.






Here's a To the right is a closeup of their names, the Bells of Ireland and the knotwork.


Here it is signed and framed.




This couple wasn't sure what decoration they wanted. They just said,"something blue; maybe morning glories." So that's what they got. This paper was 22"x30".


A closeup of the morning glories


To see more certificates, the chart below shows examples of our many standard styles. (The chart below is under construction, see also the links at the bottom of this page.)

Omega Style


Circle Style


Landscape Style


Floral Top or Flower Garden


Floral Swag Style


Floral Arch and Spray Style


Two Trees Style or "William Blake"


Frank L. Wright Style


Four Corners with a Spray


Craftsman Style


Tree Background


Map Style


Leafy Arch


"Victorian" or Text Only

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