How do I order a custom ketubah?
Look at all my designs, see what you like for design, colors, structure, shape & text, or bring me a design idea of your own. Contact me directly and we discuss your ideas. If you’re in new york, you can come to my studio, otherwise we can discuss it through email and phone calls.
I give you a price based on your choice of design and text, which can be between $1000 to $4000, depending on the complexity of the design. if you have a budget in mind, please let me know. then you send me a deposit of half the final price to secure your spot in the schedule.
I send you a sketch of the design we discussed so you can really see what you’re getting, the actual watercolors on the actual paper, with gold leaf if we’re using it, and which people often like as much as the final product. you approve it, or we make some adjustments and you have your rabbi or officiant approve the text you’ve chosen and i do a proof if they request it.
and finally, I make your ketubah and you enjoy it for the rest of your life.
How do I order a print ketubah?
Choose your design and text, confirm those with your officiant then order directly from the page of your favorite print. Once i receive your order, i’ll send you a personalization form to fill out so that i can then make your ketubah. Easy!
What is the difference between a custom and print ketubah?
A custom ketubah is an original watercolor painting designed with each couple: i start with a blank piece of paper, do all the calligraphy by hand, draw the design and paint the ketubah with watercolors, use only real 24 ct. gold leaf or platinum for accents. it costs between $1000 and $4000. To order, please contact me directly and we can discuss the details.
A print is part of a limited edition of 7, 18 or 90 that has been previously painted and lettered in calligraphy by me, scanned and printed on special watercolor paper. the design and text are set and preprinted. the couple’s personal information is then hand lettered into the text, and it costs about $500.
How do I choose a text for my ketubah?
The text you use for your ketubah is determined by how religious your ceremony is and/or if you want to write your own. All texts have to be confirmed by the rabbi or officiant performing the ceremony. Here’s the general breakdown:
Orthodox: traditional Aramaic
Conservative: traditional Aramaic with Leiberman clause, you can add English here if you want, or the Tucker text in Hebrew & English or just Hebrew.
Reform: egalitarian Hebrew and English or just English, from a range of texts that I have or you bring to me
For a print, you can see the text that I offer on the text page, or I can write your own text by hand on a print, which starts at $800. For an original, I can write whatever you want, since we’re starting from scratch.
What information do you need from the couple?
Here is a list of the information that I will usually need to be able to make your ketubah:
Choice of design and text.
Full english names, including middle names if you used them on the invitation.
Full hebrew names, which include those of both your parents. if someone doesn’t have a hebrew name then i will transliterate, write in hebrew letters, their english first name.
If all the parents are living.
The date and time of the ceremony.
The city and state where the ceremony is taking place.
How many people will be signing the ketubah as witnesses.
If you want a rabbi, cantor or officiant to sign.
If you want to ship the ketubah, I’ll need the address and phone number of where you want to ship it.
If you’re ordering a print ketubah, I will be emailing you a personalization form once I get your order, that will give me all the information that I need. If you’re ordering a custom ketubah, please send me the information above to start as well as colors, structure, design and text.
What about Hebrew names? Why do you need my parents’ names and what if I don’t have one?
Your full Hebrew name is you son/daughter of dad & mom. Here are a few more details about Hebrew names:
I only need the first part of each parents’ name, before “ben” or “bat”, since the part after would be your grandparents’ name and then we’d have an infinite regression.
Please don’t worry about how to spell these names in english as they will only appear in Hebrew.
If someone doesn’t have a Hebrew name because they are not Jewish, I will transliterate, or write in Hebrew letters, their English first name.
If someone has a Hebrew name but can’t remember, it a good place to look for it is on their ketubah or on your naming or bris certificate. You can send me a picture of it if you can’t read Hebrew.
If there is no relationship with a parent they do not need to be included. for other complicated family issues, please contact me as there is usually an easy way to sort it out.
Who signs the ketubah?
Usually the bride, groom, 2 witnesses and officiant sign the ketubah.
An orthodox text has 2 kosher witness lines that are the last 2 lines of the text.
A conservative text has 2 kosher witnesses. If there is English section then often after that the bride, groom & rabbi and any additional witnesses will sign.
A reform egalitarian text usually have 2 witnesses, bride and groom & officiant, and you can add more if you like.
I don’t need the names of the witnesses or the officiant. I only need to know how many witnesses you want and the title of the officiant.
Can you write a ketubah text on my artwork?
Absolutely! I do this all the time. I think it’s wonderful when family or close friends can provide the design, it makes it even more personal, but they can’t always do the calligraphy, and I’m happy to collaborate.
Process: I offer a range of texts to use depending on what you need. I like to talk to the artist about size, materials & paper. I usually do the text first, but it can be the other way around, and the pricing starts at $1000.
Depending on the art being added and text needed, you can also get the just text print.
How do we pay you?
For a print, you can order directly on the site and pay through Paypal.
For an original design, once we decide on what we’re going to do, I will email you an invoice for half of the final price as a deposit to start work. The balance is due when the ketubah is done and ready to ship.
I accept cash, checks or Venmo. Credit cards will have a processing fee.