Monday, March 1, 2010

ketubah part 1

I don't know why I've been avoiding this blog. I think I'm starting to have enough of Wedding Blogs - partly because I've come to accept that our wedding will not be like the highly stylized weddings that populate the internets. Our wedding will be wonderful - particularly  for Neill and me, since we will end up married - but it will not be perfect. And not every single detail will be special. And probably some people will not have fun and others will be slightly peeved that there aren't enough chairs. And it might even rain. And blah blah blah. I just want to be married already!


I'm not over getting married, so I thought I'd write about something central to the whole getting married part of the wedding - our ketubah! What is a ketubah, you ask? Well, according to this site (here):

A ketubah is a work of art that uses images and words to express the love and commitment of your marriage vows. While the ketubah has its roots in the Jewish wedding tradition, its beauty has become embraced by couples from all different religions and cultures. It is signed by the bride and groom in a special ceremony at the wedding, publicly declaring their commitment and love, and symbolizing the traditional start of their married life. After the wedding, the ketubah is usually hung in a place of honor in the home, and serves as a daily reminder of the vows they have made to each other on their wedding.

I think signing our ketubah and having very important people in our lives act as witnesses will be a really meaningful part of our ceremony. Also, I'm really excited to have something to hang in our home for the rest of our lives to remind us of our vows and how we'd like to live every day.

The complicated part - picking this document! Not only are there aesthetic concerns, but we really wanted to find a text that meant something to us. Let the search begin!


  1. As a ketubah artist I'd suggest that you not feel limited by what you see out there either in texts or artwork. You can make your own text, from scratch or from cutting and pasting passages that are meaningful to you. Same with the artwork.
    Good luck in your ketubah search.
    Miriam Karp

  2. Hi, thank you for using my description of a ketubah in your post! As Miriam states, there are a LOT of options our there in both art and language. Take your time, and explore. I suggest just plugging "ketubah" into Google, and seek out people like Miriam and I -- independent artists whose artwork you love. The key is to find something that resonates with you, that you love, and that you want to serve as a daily reminder of your love and marriage. Let us know if you have any questions!

    Dan from Modern Ketubah


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