16 Ketubahs From Jewish Weddings That Prove How Pretty a Marriage Contract Can Be
The ketubah is a Jewish marriage contract that, traditionally, details the groom’s obligations to his bride. Over time it has come to symbolize a couple’s commitment to one another across multiple denominations—and has evolved to be as unique as each pair themselves. Here, some of our favorites from nuptials we have featured over the years to inspire your own.
Martha Stewart Weddings’ Editorial Director Darcy Miller found inspiration for the design of her ketubah in an unexpected place: a box from Parisian bakery Ladurée.
Made by a close friend, this ketubah for Sydney and Christina incorporated a Frank O’Hara poem into the traditional inscription.
Written in Ink
This groom signed an “I Am My Beloved’s Ketubah” by Michelle Rummel at this traditional wedding in Lake Como, Italy.
A Twist on Tradition
This bride and groom signed a “Quakubah,” combining the Jewish ketubah and the Quaker marriage certificate, before their first kiss as husband and wife. With the document, Lindsay and Andy promised their love to one another. They also asked guests to sign it as witness of the exchange. Kate Farley calligraphed the couple’s vows on a watercolor background, painted by the bride.
Making the Cut
Mindy and Matt’s ketubah was a laser cut by Ardyn Halter.
Hanna and Jimm ordered a ketubah based on a German design from 1678 to display at their reception. They had signed it prior to their ceremony.
Romney and Daron signed their “Hidden Place Ketubah” by Nava Shoham from J. Levine Books and Judaica before saying their I do’s.
Pining for You
A pine-branch motif spruced up this ketubah for Abby and Cliff’s Jewish wedding.
In the Round
“We wanted something simple and modern that we could live with for years to come,” says Maureen of their handwritten ketubah by Stephanie Caplan.
A bridal gown’s lace inspired this Danny Azoulay “Chantilly Papercut Ketubah,” which Annie and Robby turned to for their wedding document.
For Carrie and Dan’s garden wedding, Alix Pentecost Farren designed the stationery suite and the ketubah, which was letterpressed onto watercolor paper. Now it has a prominent spot in the couple’s apartment.
An unadorned black-and-white ketubah by Stephanie Caplan was elegantly displayed at Elizabeth and Stephane’s wedding.
Jennifer Raichman made the ketubah for Cristina and Jason’s nuptials using a paper-cut design of trees and leaves. With their mothers as witnesses, the couple signed it while surrounded by immediate family.
Galia Goodman, the bride’s godmother who works as an artist and calligrapher, made Thea and Rachit’s ketubah for their Hindu-meets-Jewish celebration. The final result combined motifs and designs from both cultures. “We love our ketubah. My godmother is so talented, plus I am happy that someone so close to us made it,” says Thea.
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