Margaret Davis Calligraphy & Design

Wedding Certificates 2
Hand-calligraphed and Illuminated Custom Wedding Certificates

wedding certificate with morning glories and medieval ivy

Wedding certificate with morning glories, purple flowers, and Medieval ivy in 22-kt gold

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Quaker wedding certificate with geometric design

Wedding certificate with geometric designs and swirls in shades of teal and green

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Quaker wedding certificate with green leaves and mountains

Wedding certificate with green maple, elm, and oak leaves, plus pine trees and mountains

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wedding certificate with palm tree, dog, beach

Wedding certificate with beach theme and the clients' German shepherd

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Quaker wedding certificate with cherry blossoms

Quaker wedding certificate with cherry blossoms

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wedding certificate with entwined trees

Wedding certificate with entwined trees and floral capital letters

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Christian wedding certificate with cross

Wedding certificate with pink roses and violets. Cross and dove are gilded in 22-kt gold

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wedding poem with autumn leaves

Wedding poem with Autumn leaves and acorns gilded in 22-kt gold

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Quaker wedding certificate with peonies

Quaker wedding certificate with peonies and lupins

Bottom of certificate - a view of Mt. Acadia State Park

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Quaker wedding certificate with autumn leaves

Large Quaker wedding certificate with Autumn leaves, acorns, and pine needles

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Quaker wedding certificate with yellow roses

Quaker wedding certificate with yellow roses, violets, and astromeria

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seaside wedding certificate

Sketch for seaside wedding certificate with scallops, waves, sea snails, and starfish

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Commemorate your wedding and your treasured vows with a beautiful work of art that will last for years. Artist and calligrapher Margaret Davis has been creating original, custom works of calligraphic art for over 10 years. Each piece is unique and is tailored to your needs and design choices.

These beautifully hand-crafted certificates typically include the names of the bridal couple and the place and date of their ceremony, and can also include their wedding vows, a prayer, blessing, Bible verse, or even the words of an appropriate song or poem. The certificates are decorated with images that are meaningful to the couple and may include special spaces for signatures by the bridal couple, officiant, and witnesses.

Artist and calligrapher Margaret Davis produces each unique wedding certificate by hand, using the finest watercolours, inks, and fine archival quality 100% rag paper. 22-karat gold gilding makes a wonderful decorative addition. The certificate size depends on its design.

Each piece takes two to three weeks to create, although a quicker turnaround time is sometimes available. The cost ranges between $250 and $500, depending on size and complexity of design. The prices for these custom pieces compare favorably with mass-produced, ink jet and giclee printed certificates that are customized to your wording.

Many cultures and wedding traditions include a calligraphed wedding certificate. Jewish bridal couples and officiant sign the ketubah as part of their wedding, Muslim weddings customarily include a hand-calligraphed marriage contract, and the Quakers ask all who attend a wedding to sign the wedding certificate.

Contact me with your design ideas, themes, and wedding colors, and I will create a wonderful piece for you!

From satisfied customers:

"The wedding certificate Margaret Davis illuminated for us is stunning. Its twining vines, golden leaves, and budding flowers complimented the beauty of our marriage ceremony. Davis has the true gift of a natural scribe, and we will cherish this document forever." -- Andrea Seabrook, NPR Correspondent

"The certificate is EXQUISITE! We love it! Thank you also for the pen and eraser and for packaging it so well ... Thank you for doing such a beautiful job." -- Lori R.

"Thank you again for our wedding certificate. It is beautiful and perfect for us. I really appreciate all your work on it, and how prompt and communicative you've been through the whole process!" --Marina M.

"Working with Margaret was perhaps the easiest part of the wedding planning process. Her design was beautiful and in the exact style that we had requested, and she matched the colors perfectly to our expectations. The final result was a wedding certificate that we'll proudly hang on our wall for years to come - thanks again, Margaret!" -- Julia and Mark

"Thank You so much for our certificates!!  They are beautiful and one of a kind. They will be framed and hung with care for many, many years to come. I will make sure it gets passed down through our generations. I will definitely recommend you to anyone who needs calligraphy done. The tartans were matched perfectly in color and that was amazing! I'm so impressed with your work! I hope you had a wonderful Easter and if I need more calligraphy done I know who to get in touch with. :-) Thanks again!" --N. & P.

"We loved the certificate!!! You did a wonderful job and captured what we expected perfectly. Thank you so much!!!" --Theresa V.

"Sorry it took me a few days to let you know that the certificate arrived and it is beautiful. Thank you so much, Margaret. It really is a beautiful certificate, and we appreciate your work. We can hardly wait to give it to our daughter and new son-in-law." --Marcia W.

"I am so pleased with the certificate! Your work is absolutely stunning, and I cannot wait to frame it and hang it on the wall..." --Jennifer H.

"It is gorgeous! Thanks ever so much. And the pen & eraser was a very thoughtful touch." --James I.

"The certificate is beautiful ... just what my fiance and I wanted. Thank you." --Marie B.

"I arrived last night and the wedding certificate was already here. It is beautiful and we couldn't be happier. Thanks for helping us with it so quickly, it will really make the day that much more special." --Brian Q.

"Thank you for making the beautiful announcement for our son's birth. Your work is exquisite and clearly one of a kind. We will always treasure it. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful talent." --Nancy and Leo


Margaret's celebrity and corporate clients have included NPR's Andrea Seabrook, Malin Giddings, Grace Cathedral (San Francisco, CA), the San Francisco Early Music Society, East Bay Innovations (San Leandro, CA), Marion Zimmer Bradley's FANTASY Magazine, and Psychic Reader Magazine.

I'll need to know your names, wedding date, vows (if applicable) and design ideas.
I generally require 4 weeks for completion, but in some cases a quicker turnaround may be possible
E-mail me at margaret at or call (510) 569-0437.

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