The steps to ordering your Modern Ketubah

Like many parts of wedding planning, buying a ketubah can feel overwhelming at first, but my years of experience will make it smooth and simple. Let me explain the steps involved in making your ketubah.

Once you place your order, it usually takes 3-4 weeks to receive your ketubah. Making a ketubah is a partnership, and there's a lot for all of us to do. I've pointed out below some potential bottlenecks where things can slow down, so you can be sure to plan ahead.

1. Find a ketubah that you love

Your ketubah will be a central piece of art in your home, so make sure it is something that you love. Don't settle for less!

2. Choose a text that best fits your ceremony

The heart of the ketubah is the text, which expresses how the two of you feel about marriage and love. I offer many different texts, in both English and Hebrew, that were written for a wide range of ceremonies and styles. You can tweek these texts, or choose to write your own. (It's a good idea to talk with your rabbi or officiant, to see they have any special suggestions.)

3. Order your ketubah

My easy-to-use online order form will take you through each step to create the exact ketubah you want. Fill in all the info, pay via credit card, and I'll send you an email detailing all your choices. After you place your order, it will take around 3-4 weeks for you to receive your finished ketubah.

4. If you chose a Hebrew text, send me the necessary information

potential bottleneck — If you chose to have a Hebrew text, I cannot start your order until you send me some additional information: your Hebrew names, your parents' Hebrew names, and some other details. This lets me make sure that the Hebrew text is done correctly. This can take time (e.g. if someone doesn't remember their Hebrew name), so be sure to plan ahead. Fill it in when placing your order, or get a headstart:Download form

5. I now create your ketubah

After I receive all of your ketubah information, I personally create your ketubah for you. I incorporate the design options you chose, and personalize the text you choose with your names, the date and the location of your wedding, free of charge. I take great pride in my craft, and work hard to ensure that every ketubah I make is a handmade work of art, worthly of hanging in your home. When the ketubah is ready, I email a digital proof of it to you.

6. Review and approve your proof

potential bottleneck — I cannot print your ketubah until you approve the proof.

It is now your job to check everything in the ketubah for accuracy: making sure it has the design options you chose, and that all names, dates, spellings, punctuation are correct. This is very important — while I check everything as best I can, you are the final decider for the accuracy of your ketubah.

If you find anything that needs to be fixed or changed, I take care of it and send you a new proof, which you'll once again review and approve. (While fixes to typos or tweaks to words are free, if you decide you want big changes to the design, like different art or text, there could be an additional fee.)

potential bottleneck — If you are having a Jewish ceremony, make sure your rabbi reviews and approves all of the Hebrew text in every proof.

7. I print your ketubah and ship it to you

After you approve the proof and confirm it is exactly the way you want, I print your ketubah on archival fine art paper. (This is my favorite part, seeing the finished ketubah for the first time!) I then ship your ketubah to you in an extra-strong shipping tube (the safest way to transport fine art), along with some advice on how to you care and display your new work of art.

8. Go get married

That's it! The rest is up to you: sign your ketubah, get married, enjoy the reception, and celebrate! (And don't forget to send me a picture.)