Ordering a Custom Ketubah
The examples of Jewish marriage contracts in the gallery are guides which will be modified to reflect your personal taste. Each custom ketubah is designed in close consultation with the wedding couple. After we discuss your ideas I’ll email you a black and white sketch and a price for your ketubah. This contract outlines the next steps in the process. Contact me today and let’s talk about the perfect ketubah for you!
Here are some things to think about to get you started on a wedding vow design that will be meaningful and unique to you.
You can begin by thinking of symbols you might want in your ketubah. Some commonly used symbols are: Jewish ceremonial objects, the couple under the chuppah, clasped hands, Jerusalem, etc. Many couples include symbols of cities important in their lives, places they have traveled, their pets and their hobbies. Don’t feel limited to what you see in the ketubbah examples. Ketubbah designs can be based on anything: historical examples, patterns from china, rugs, lace, etc. Anything (within reason) can be a motif for a ketubbah.
In the Ketubah Gallery, I’ve divided the ketubbot into categories: trees and landscapes, modern, traditional, Judaica, gay and lesbian, personal landscapes, and our pets. Within those categories there are many styles: realistic, stylized, folk art etc. Think about what kind of art you are drawn to. It might not be represented in these examples, but don’t rule it out– I love designing a katuba that goes in a new direction.
What are your favorite colors? Least favorite? You might think in terms of temperature: cool colors (purples, blues, greens) or warm colors, (oranges, yellows, reds). Consider value–a light, pastel katubah, or a darker, shaded katubah. Do you like bright colors or do you want a more subtle effect in your marriage contract? You might start by picking out paint chips of colors you like.
There are several fonts available to you for your custom ketubah text. Click on the words below to see examples of Hebrew and English fonts. If you have another style of calligraphy you would like me to use for your katubah, please ask.
Orientation and Size
Do you want a horizontal, vertical, or circular ketubah? Or an irregular shape?
A standard piece of watercolor paper is 30″ x 22″. Unless you specifically request otherwise, I always leave a border around the design for framing so that a typical image size is about 18″ x 26″. Depending on text length and complexity of the design, I can work down to about 1/2 the size of the paper.
Because each custom designed ketubah is a unique work of art there is a wide range of prices from $1000-$3000. Please ask me for the current price range on specific ketubah designs. Factors in pricing include:
- Complexity of the ketubah design.
- Degree of realism in the ketubah design.
- Affinity to existing ketubah designs.
- Ketubah text length and whether the text is both Hebrew and English.
- Calligraphy font used for the ketubah text.
- Complexity of the ketuba text layout.
- Timeliness: I do rush orders at a 20% surcharge if all the necessary information is given to me less than 30 days before the wedding.
Ready to Order?
Please go to the Contact page and tell me your ideas.