Ordering a Ketubah
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Each custom ketubah is designed in close consultation with the wedding
couple. I use only archival materials--the finest watercolors, gouaches,
oil pastels and acrylics on 100% cotton rag watercolor paper (22"
x 30"). The examples of Jewish marriage contracts in the gallery are
guides which can be modified to reflect your personal taste. Here
are some things to think about to get you started on a katubah design
that will be meaningful and unique to you.
List symbols that you want in your ketubah. Some commonly used symbols are: Jewish ceremonial objects, the couple under the huppah, clasped hands, Jerusalem, etc. You can mix and match: for example, you might like trees and flowers, or trees and Jerusalem, or trees and Jewish ceremonial objects. Don't feel limited to what you see in the kettubah examples. ketubah designs can be based on anything: historical examples, patterns from china, rugs, lace, etc. Anything (within reason) can be a motif for a ketuba. Take a look at some of the animals I've incorporated into my kettubah designs and you'll see what I mean.
In the Ketubah Gallery, I've divided the ketubbot into 5 categories: trees and landscapes, figurative, stained glass, floral and ornamental, and abstract. 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 katubah 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 ketubah, or a darker, shaded kattubah. Do you like bright colors or do you want a more subtle effect in your marriage contract? You might want to pick out paint chips of colors you like.
There are several fonts available to you for your ketubah text. Here are examples in Hebrew and English. If you have another style of calligraphy you would like me to use for your katubah, please ask.
Do you want a horizontal, vertical, or circular ketubah? Or an
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. Depending on text length and complexity
of the design, I can work down to about 1/2 the size of the paper.
Giclee prints cost between $350-$375.
Because each custom designed ketubah is a unique work of art there
is a wide range of prices from $900-$2000. Please ask me for current
prices 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
- Calligraphy "hand" used for kettubah 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.