— A TRULY MODERN KETUBAH —
What Hebrew text should we use?
I have a number of Hebrew texts that you can choose from. Alternatively, you can elect to have no Hebrew text or to write your own text to have translated into Hebrew. It is important that you speak with your Rabbi or Officiant before selecting your text. Some Rabbis are willing to let you use any text you like, but others will have specific requirements. Remember that you can mix and match the Hebrew and English texts, so even if your Rabbi has specific requirements for the Hebrew, you can usually choose what you like for the English.
After you have selected your text and it has been personalized with your names and wedding information, I will provide a proof for your Rabbi to review. It is important to have your Rabbi sign off on the official text before your ketubah is printed to make sure that there are no surprises on your wedding day!
Can we use a text from a different website or a book?
As long as you have permission from the author of the text, I’m happy to use any text you would like for the English or Hebrew portion of your ketubah. If you’d like to use text from a book or text that isn’t available as a word document, there will be an additional fee to have my translator type it up.
Can we write our own text to be translated into Hebrew?
Absolutely! This is what my husband and I did, and it was a very meaningful process. Be sure to check with your Rabbi or Officiant first to make sure they don’t have any specific requirements. And send your English text to your Rabbi for final approval before sending it to me for translation. There is a $70 fee for custom translations.
If you would like to work with your own translator and to send me the finalized Hebrew text, you are welcome to do that at no additional charge.
Can we make changes to your pre-written English and Hebrew texts?
You are more than welcome to make any changes you like to the English text at no additional charge. This includes sending me your own English text to use. If you would like to make changes to the Hebrew text, there will be an additional fee to pay for the translator. The fee will be between $20-$60 depending on the number and type of changes. I can provide you with an exact quote. I also recommend that you get prior approval from your Rabbi or Officiant before making changes to the Hebrew texts.
What parts of our ketubah can be customized?
I try to make my ketubahs as customizable as possible so that each couple has something unique. Here’s a list of which things you can customize free of charge:
- Select the Hebrew text or write your own ($70 fee to write your own)
- Select the English text or write your own
- Have your names added to the design of the ketubah
- Have your wedding date added to the design of the ketubah
- Have the phrase “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” added to your ketubah in English or Hebrew
- Select the fonts for the headlines, Hebrew and English texts
- Pick the number of signature lines
- Decide on whether the signature lines should have labels
- Pick the color of the text
- In some designs, you also get to pick the color of the main design element
In each of my designs, you can also request additional changes (such as adding more elements or changing the composition). These design changes start at $50, and I ask that you contact me for a specific quote.
Can we see a sample of your work in person?
A ketubah is a big investment, and something you will have with you for the rest of your life. If you would like to see a sample of my work in person before purchasing a full-size ketubah, simply ask. I can ship you an 8″x10″ sample of the ketubah of your choice for $30.
How do we care for our ketubah?
There are a couple of things to be aware of when caring for your ketubah. Your ketubah is printed on 100% acid-free archival fine art paper using the giclee printing process. Because of this, if your ketubah is taken care of properly, it will last a lifetime.
Pen for Signing – I recommend that you use a uni-ball GEL pen, as these are least likely to scratch the surface of your fine art paper ketubah. These pens are available in a wide variety of colors, and the metallic and white colors work wonderfully on the ketubot with dark backgrounds. Make sure to have an extra piece of paper with you for the signing ceremony, so that each person can practice their signature before signing on the real thing! Here’s some more information on pens.
Framing – I highly recommend that you frame your ketubah using UV glass and that you hang it out of direct sunlight. Here’s some more information on framing.
Humidity – If you have your ketubah professionally framed, it should be safe from standard amounts of humidity. Be sure to store it in a dry place before it is framed. Also, during the signing ceremony, make sure that no one touches it with damp hands as this can smudge the ink.
How long does it take to receive our ketubah? Is rush service available?
For one of my standard designs, please allow 4 weeks to receive your ketubah. Obviously, this will depend on how long it takes for your Rabbi to approve the text, so the more time you give yourself, the better. If you’re working with me on a custom design, please allow a minimum of 6 weeks.
Rush service is available for an additional $70, allowing you to receive your ketubah in 2 weeks if your Rabbi approves the text promptly.
Is there a charge for last minute changes?
If you find that you need to make a change at the last minute to the text or design of your ketubah, I will do my very best to accommodate you free of charge. However, if your last minute change requires me to work with my translator, there will be a fee of $20. And if your ketubah has already been given final approval and printed, there will be a $30 reprinting fee. If I need to reship your ketubah, you will also be charged the cost of re-shipping.
What is your cancellation / refund policy?
I have never had a client cancel or request a refund on a ketubah, but I do have a policy in case the situation ever arises. You will receive a partial refund if you need to cancel your ketubah, depending on where we are in the process when you decide to cancel:
- If I have not begun any work on your ketubah, you will receive all but $10 (to cover bank fees)
- If I have already translated your text, you will recieve all but $30 for a standard text or all but $80 for a custom translated text.
- If I have already put together the proof of your ketubah, you will receive all but $50 plus the cost of your translation.
- Once you receive your finished ketubah, I cannot provide you with a refund. However, I am more than happy to work with you to make changes and re-ship if there is something you are not happy with.
What if my ketubah is lost or damaged?
All ketubahs are shipped fully-insured against damage. If your ketubah arrives damaged, please be sure to take pictures of the packaging and the damaged ketubah so that I can file the insurance claim. If your ketubah arrives damaged, I will immediately ship a replacement free of charge.
If your ketubah is damaged after arriving at your home, I can re-print and re-ship for $35.