The history of a Marriage Certificate and the story it tells.

As you already know, at The Broken Plank we are known all over the USA for our Marriage Certificates printed on wood. We have printed certificates from every state and even several from other countries! We not only print them, but we restore them when needed. With all of our knowledge on marriage certificates we figured we could shed a little light on the history behind the document and maybe a fun fact or two. 

A marriage certificate is a legal document issued by a government official that serves as proof that a marriage has taken place. It is usually signed by the officiant and two witnesses and includes the names of the bride and groom, the date and location of the marriage, and other pertinent information.

Your marriage certificate printed on wood by The Broken Plank.

Marriage certificates are an important part of a couples history, and have been around for centuries. The earliest known marriage certificates date back to the Roman Empire, which required couples to register their marriages with the local government officials. During this time, marriage certificates were often quite elaborate, containing detailed information about the couple, their families, and the wedding itself. By the Middle Ages, marriage certificates had become more standardized, with the names of the bride and groom and the date of the marriage being the most common information included.

By the 19th century, marriage certificates began to take on a more modern form, with more streamlined designs and official seals. In the United States, the first standardized marriage certificates were issued in the late 1800sThese certificates were used to track marriages for the purpose of ensuring that couples were properly married and to keep records of the marriages for legal and taxation purposes. We absolutely love restoring these older marriage certificates before printing them on wood, they are such a great family keepsake.

Marriage license from 1903 printed on wood by The Broken Plank

Throughout history, marriage certificates have been used as a symbol of a couple’s commitment to each other. It is a tangible representation of the vows they have made to each other and the love they share. Today, marriage certificates are still an important part of marriage ceremonies and a cherished memento and keepsake of a couple’s special day. They are a beautiful reminder of the love that has been shared and the commitment that has been made. 

A beautiful marriage certificate printed on wood by The Broken Plank.


At The Broken Plank we craft our Marriage Certificates printed on wood with you in mind. Each piece is handcrafted in our workshop with locally sourced products. We take great pride in each piece to make sure your final product looks amazing. We believe that our product is the perfect keepsake for most any occasion! All of our products are handcrafted and made in Texas.

The Broken Plank brands the back of each piece they produce.

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