...it makes a statement.
I just had my husband's final diploma framed. For once in my life, I did not DIY. Why? I wanted all three certificates together, for the most visual impact. I knew I could not cut a 3-in-1 mat with my handheld Olfa cutter, nor would the center diploma fit a standard document frame. I was armed with a coupon and money we had saved to publish his dissertation. (We were able to do that electronically for minimal cost.)
We made a big deal of the occasion--my mom babysat, we had lunch, we leisurely asked advice and placed an order like we do this sort of thing all the time. "What do you think? Burnished gold, or gray with a tint of green?"
I winced at the total price, but forced myself not to react. "You're worth it, honey, I'm so proud of all you've accomplished."
One glance at the receipt, and he knew I meant every word.