If you’re getting married soon, then you’re going to have to start searching for a ketubah, or a Jewish marriage contract.
Today, couples have many options for the designs of their ketubahs. They can keep it simple with a pre-made, laser-cut ketubah, or hire an artist for a custom-painted or drawn design. It all depends on the couple’s style and budget. Typically written in Aramaic, the ketubah is visibly displayed in a married couple’s home, such as the living or dining room — so you’ll want the piece to look more art-like than a cut-and-dried contract.
Whether you are doing a DIY wedding and saving up a little bit at a time for your big day, or you can afford to spend a little more, we think these beautiful ketubahs will be a perfect addition to your home.
6Mickie Caspi’s Ketubahs
Mickie Caspi creates incredible ketubahs in a few different styles, including offset lithograph ketubahs, giclee ketubahs, simple text ketubahs and hand-painted original ketubahs. A hand-painted option, such as this Jerusalem piece, will cost you around $2,000 to $3,000, or you can opt for a lithograph ketubah for around $200. If your wedding is within the next few months, order as soon as possible. It can take Mickie at least four months to paint and ship an original piece.
5The Painted Ketubah
If you’re in the market for a more modern ketubah and you love watercolors, check out the gorgeous pieces on The Painted Ketubah. Artist Hadass Mor Gerson – who trained at the San Francisco Art Institute – says her designs “marry traditional motifs with contemporary aesthetic sensibilities.” Order them as giclee prints that start at $290 or as original paintings for $800 and up. Most of her ketubah designs are circular and include some sort of natural theme.
4David Fisher Art
David Fisher, a Jerusalem-based graphic design, makes stunning, intricate paper cut ketubahs in a variety of designs, shapes and colors. The prices are around $570 to $730, and pieces are of Jerusalem, pomegranates, flowers, stars of David and much more. Start by taking a look at this 24k gold leaf and blue paper cut ketubah – it’ll take your breath away.
Nishima Kaplan of Art Ketubah makes fantastically colorful ketubahs that combine watercolor and art paper collage. The prices range from around $150 to $350 and include images of trees, pomegranates, grapes and the sea. If you’re an art fanatic, there’s even a play on Gustavo Klimt’s “The Kiss.”
Remember: Before you order any ketubah, consult with your rabbi about how it should appear in terms of the text. Happy shopping, and mazel tov on your wedding!