Ketubah Texts: How to Choose?
The Ketubah text you choose depends on the type of ceremony you are having, what your rabbi or officiant advises, and your own preferences. For ceremonies in the Orthodox and Conservative traditions, your text will be the traditional Aramaic text, which is written with Hebrew letters. The standard Reform text is in Hebrew. If you would like an English translation, you can select a literal or creative version. Because the traditional Ketubah text is a legal contract, its language is antiquated and some find it unpoetic. Many couples opt for creative translations, or they write their own English (or Spanish, or Yiddish -- whatever applies) text together.
There are also texts for ketubot available for interfaith, secular, and same-sex ceremonies, along with a wide range of original texts in English. You can choose from the selections below, or you can source or write your own text to insert into your ketubah design. Translation into modern Hebrew is available for $85. Please submit texts to the artist in a PDF file. When ordering, specify which English and Hebrew fonts (at left) you prefer. You'll also need to complete the appropriate personalization form, available to download below.
Standard Texts (PDFs)
Contemporary Ketubah Texts (PDFs)
Personalization Forms (Word documents)
For traditional texts, you'll need to find out your parents' Hebrew names, and you may need to consult your rabbi about a couple of details in the text. Clicking the links below will download the documents to your computer.