A nikahnama guide
The Right Pen for your Nikahnama
The big day has finally come and your beautiful Nikahnama is ready to be signed! What pen should you use to complement your beautiful wedding certificate? We have a few tips (pun not intended!) to help you choose the perfect pen.
- Avoid thick Sharpies: while these pens are universal essentials in every home, they won’t always work in your favour. Sharpies are notorious for bleeding through paper, and can leave pools of ink marks on your certificate.
- Fountain pens are a hit and miss, and are often a miss: inks in fountain pens are more likely to smudge and smear across your paper. No matter how fancy the pen might be, there is a good chance the ink will smudge, or the pen will bleed.
- Felt tips are not always reliable: for everyday writing and sketching, these pens work just fine, but on your beautiful and delicate wedding certificate, felt tip pens can scratch the paper.
What do we recommend you use for your Nikahnama?
All of our nikahnamas are archival-quality giclèe prints. We highly recommend using an archival-quality ink pen to match, so that your signatures stand the test of time. Here are some brands we recommend:
Both of these pens offer a range of tip sizes, depending how thick or thin you’d like your signatures to be.
Fine Point Pens
Many of our customers love the Uni-Ball Gel Pen. These pens flow smoothly and leave thick lines on the nikahnama. We especially love that these pens come in many colors, and even offer white and metallic ink options, for a more customized and color-coordinated nikahnama!
Another customer favourite are the fine point Sharpie pens. Unlike their notorious counterpart (the thick Sharpie), the fine point option allows for clean and everlasting ink signatures on your nikahnama.
What About Quill Pens?
Some brides like to add a little fun and flair to their pens. While feather and floral pens add a special touch to signing your marriage certificate, we don’t recommend using traditional quill or inkwell pens. Just like fountain pens, traditional quill pens can smudge and the ink can spill or drip spots onto your nikahnama.
Instead, why not look at different ideas for making your archival or fine point pen look extra special! With a little bit of ribbon and a dash of creativity, brides can customize their pens to match their nikah colors and style: from elegant peacock feathers to cheeky floral tops.
For those who want a faster solution, the OPENDGO Peacock Pen has been a favorite among our couples and is readily available online. (Pictured here)
Before The Big Day
It’s common to feel major nerves before signing a contract that binds you and your partner for life. Before your big day, we recommend practicing your signatures on a plain piece of paper. This can help ease some nerves, and ensure that you will be ready and steady to sign your beautiful nikahnama when the day comes.
We hope this was helpful!
Happy signing, and bismillah to your new beginning!