the Ketubah's Design
Since the ketubah is legal and not a religious document, its
design isn't affected by religious restrictions: it can be written
by anyone, with anything, on anything, in any style.
imagery is of the city of Jerusalem, images symbolizing the happiness
of married life (such as animals in pairs, two "things"
intertwining to become one), and symbols of the two families (in
older ketubot these would be family crests or seals. Today, objects
holding special significance for the couple are sometimes worked
into the design). Verses from the Bible representing love or two
people coming together are used in the design. These verses are
generally taken from various parts of the Bible including the Song
of Songs, Psalms, the book of Ruth.
All of the work
shown in this web site has been done on commission - none of the
pieces are for sale. The
couples all had input into the design - anything from choosing colors
to proposing the imagery used in the design. If you choose to have
me design a ketubah for you, you'll be able to give the same type
of input and your ketubah will be just as unique.