ketubah art

4 Ideas to Customize Your Ketubah

April 26, 2015

Every ketubah is unique.  Why?  Because only your ketubah has your names, your text, and your signatures on it.  It’s guaranteed to be one of a kind!

But did you know that there are even more ways to customize your ketubah without having to go the route of commissioning (and paying for) a fully custom design?  A lot of my clients love the idea of tweaking their ketubah design in a way that’s meaningful to them.

Curious?  Here are four simple and low-cost ways that I can customize your ketubah without charging you for a full custom design:

1)  Hand-lettered names in your ketubah

Each of my ketubahs comes with the option of having your names and wedding date in a large font above the text.  And you even get to pick the font.  But if picking the font isn’t enough, I’m happy to hand-letter your names so that they’re extra special.


2)  Add your silhouettes to the ketubah design

Sure, adding large portraits of your smiling faces to your ketubah might be a bit…much.  But what about adding your tiny silhouettes to a landscape?  These silhouettes blend seamlessly into the design, but serve as a tiny tribute to the happy couple.

3)  Add a symbol to celebrate your venue

Subtlety is key, but adding a small nod to your wedding venue can give your ketubah design a dash of magic.  For example, one client from Madison, WI asked me to drop in silhouettes of the iconic chairs from Memorial Union Terrace.  It’s subtle and sweet, and it has special meaning to them since it’s where they met and where they were to be married.

4)  Customize the colors

Most of my ketubah designs can be reworked with custom colors, and I commonly get requests to tweak a design to fit the colors scheme of a couple’s wedding.  This delightful client fell in love with my Paint Swash design, but was hoping it could match the ivory, blush and grey color scheme of their big day.   I was super happy with how it came out!

custom colors

These are just a few ideas for how you can take one of my existing ketubah designs and make small modifications so that it’s extra special.  I’m always delighted by the creative ways in which my clients want to tweak my standard designs.  If you have ideas or questions, I hope you’ll get in touch so that we can talk them through!

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Pick your own color on these customizable ketubahs

April 6, 2014

Here at Ink with Intent, I’m all about making each and every ketubah design as customizable as possible.  You already get to include all your personal information, decide whether or not to include certain design elements, pick your ketubah text and even write your own vows if you so choose.  But now, you also get to pick the color of the base design!  Since my background is in painting, I’ve prepared a series of hand-painted, vibrant textures to use in your ketubah art.  Here’s what I currently have, but I’m adding more textures every day!

Texture Palette

You can use these in all of my State ketubahs, my Typographic ketubahs, and my Tree of Life ketubahs.  Here are just a few of the ketubahs you can personalize with your own color:

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Typographic Ketubah marries modern design and Judaica

March 31, 2014

I’m a total font nut.  I practically hoard them.  And sometimes I think that the perfect font can express what you’re trying to say better than any picture ever could.  That’s why I’m starting to develop a line of typographic ketubahs.  Each modern ketubah in this series uses contemporary design, hand-painted elements, and the perfect font to bring your wedding promises to life.  I know these designs break the mold of traditional ketubah art, but I have to believe that there are couples out there for whom these designs will be the perfect fit.

You can see the first two designs in my series below.  There are more to come soon!

Typographic Ketubah_1_ds_sm Typographic Ketubah_2_ds_sm

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Chicago Skyline Ketubah brings back memories

March 28, 2014

When I began my ketubah collection of city skylines, I started with the place my heart knows the best.  The city of Chicago is where I moved after college to be with my then boyfriend, now husband.  It’s the city where we fell deeper in love, shared our first apartment, made plans for the future and got engaged.  So when I decided to celebrate the unique cities in our country in my new line of City Ketubahs, Chicago was the perfect place to start.

I wanted a modern ketubah design that was minimalist, but at the same time captured all the strength and beauty of this great American city.  It took me several tries to get the ketubah art just right, but I’m very pleased with how it turned out.  And each time someone purchases this design, I know that we have something in common.

My Chicago Skyline Ketubah.  Available with all ketubah text options.

Chicago Skyline Ketubah

If there’s a city you’d like to see in my collection, don’t hesitate to reach out!  I’m very open to suggestions.

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My New York City Ketubah is here

March 25, 2014

The moment I started designing ketubot, I knew a New York City ketubah had to be high on my list. But I delayed. I procrastinated. I told myself that I would definitely do a NYC design next week. If truth be told, I was really intimidated by the project. I mean, how do you capture all the wild vibrancy of a city like New York in a way that’s timeless, fresh, and speaks to the feelings of being in love?

Last week, after a couple more requests for a NYC ketubah hit my inbox, I couldn’t ignore the task any longer. I tried about a hundred compositions before finally landing on one that felt just right. What do you think?

New York City Ketubah

For the ketubah art, I picked the most iconic buildings in the New York City skyline. But I took an upward looking view so we see the strength and aspiration of the skyline without the gritty chaos of the streets. It reminds me that love rises above the chaos and helps us each to reach higher and higher. I hope that this design graces many a Jewish Wedding!

New York City Ketubah

You can find the New York City Skyline Ketubah here in my shop!

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I'm Adriana Saipe, founder of Ink with Intent. I'm a full-time wedding illustrator who specializes in contemporary ketubahs and unique wedding certificates. Learn more.

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