18 Gorgeous Ketubah Designs for Your Jewish Wedding

The Jewish marriage contract gets a modern upgrade.

Bride and groom at Jewish wedding

Photo by Addison Jones

Modern Jewish couples increasingly seek to infuse their weddings with meaning. Many are looking to incorporate traditions like an aufruf, Sheva Brachot, the yichud ritual, and having a ketubah, or a Jewish wedding contract, to formalize vows and celebrate their commitments. Beginning in the 1st century BCE, official ketubot have the binding force of Jewish law and were originally intended to provide rights to women inside their marriages. No longer just for those of the Jewish faith, today’s ketubot may be completely customized to reflect the individual nuances of each relationship.

What Is a Ketubah?

A ketubah is a Jewish wedding contract signed before the wedding, typically on the same day, to validate vows and commitments. The important ritual entails the document being read and signed by the couple, the officiant, and witnesses.

Though traditional ketubot contain official text, modern adaptations often include updated versions of couples’ vows reframed as promises to be kept over time—and many couples choose to retain the well-known phrase, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” Couples can turn to ketubah artists to incorporate their contracts into permanent pieces of art to be displayed in the family home. Modern ketubot can even be customized to match a wedding paper suite or reflect the tone of a venue, memorializing your special day for years to come.

Check out these beautiful, intricate ketubah designs from real weddings to inspire your own wedding.

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Gilded Details

Bride holding up Ketubah

Photo by Heather Kincaid

Consider a minimal ketubah accentuated by a circle. As is common with modern ketubot, this couple commissioned an artist to incorporate their wedding vows in this document enclosed by a metallic gold foil circle to represent everlasting love.

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Forget-Me-Not Flowers

Bride holding up framed ketubah while groom smiles and claps in the background

Photo by Chris x Jess; Ketubah by The Delicate Brush

We can't think of a more suitable flower to adorn your declaration of love and commitment than the forget-me-not. Surround your custom text with the delicate blue flowers for an extra touch of romance like Misha and Aaron.

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On Theme

Groom signing Ketubah

Photo by James & Schulze

Keep your wedding design elements cohesive. This couple utilized the paper cutout motif, also seen on the invitations and the bride's dress, and signed the intricate ketubah as guests sang around them. So precious!

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Handwritten

Painted ketubah

Photo by Rebecca Yale Photography

Make your ketubah even more special by writing the text together as this couple did. They also included promises to each other and read the ketubah aloud during the ceremony.

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City Skyline

Ketubah on a stand on the beach

Photo by Madeline Rose Photography Co.; Ketubah by Ink With Intent

Incorporate the skyline of a city that's significant to your relationship on your ketubah like Bryanne and Ryan did with the Boston skyline. This could be where you met, fell in love, live, or are holding your wedding.

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Wedding Logo

Creative ketubah

Photo by Harwell Photography

Modern ketubot can include a couple's wedding logo and venue references. This couple's customized graphic ketubah incorporated their wedding logo, colors, plus it infused the Aspen landscape, where the wedding was held.

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Paper-Cut Metallics

Paper-cut gold wedding ketubah on a table

Photo by The Hendrys; Ketuba by Ketubahs by Melody

Combine metallic gilded elements with a paper-cut overlay for a unique mix of texture and style like Dana and Jeff's custom ketubah. The matte paper especially pops against the gold during golden hour and makes for some stunning wedding photos.

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Beautiful Florals

A framed Ketubah

Photo by Jose Villa

A simple, gorgeous way to turn your ketubah into a work of art is to write down the vows in white ink on dark paper and house it in a floral-decorated frame with white design details. We love the way the illustrated flowers framed the vows and added contrast in this couple's ketubah. Plus, it's an easy way of prepping the ketubah for displaying at home.

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Painted Over

Couple reading ketubah

Photo by Jess Jolin

This couple commissioned an artist to paint over their written vows in different shades of blue. It adds a level of intimacy to the vows, like shrouding them under layers of paint means it's a secret reserved for the couple.

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Illustrated Location

Bride and groom signing ketubah

Photo by Logan Swayze; Ketubah by Ink With Intent

Make like this couple and have your wedding location serve as the ketubah design inspiration. Emily and Luke's custom ketubah was decorated with the Whistler mountains that backdropped their ceremony and an illustration of their actual wedding chuppah—and if you look closely, you'll see that even their golden retriever was included!

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Laser-Cut

ketubah

Photo by Carla Penoncelli

Oliva and Kyle signed this beautiful laser-cut ketubah following their rustic Italian wedding ceremony in Tuscany. An intricately cut frame with floral and forest elements creates an elegant layer over the text.

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Watercolors

ketubah

Photo by Elvira Kalviste

If you're using watercolor for your written paraphernalia including invites, place settings, or escort cards, consider incorporating the same dreamy paint technique on your ketubah. This couple, who signed their ketubah outdoor on the patio surrounded by friends and family, had a gorgeous floral design around their vows. You can even match the design for a cohesive scheme.

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Minimal Design

Ketubah signing

Photo by Addison Jones

Brooke and Geoffrey had their friend create their minimal ketubah. “We asked our dear friend, artist Lisa Baumstein Smalley, to design our ketubah,” Brooke says. “[The ketubah] asks that you be equal partners in life, friendship, and love. Signing it felt really momentous!”

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Painted Wreath

groom signing ketubah

Photo by Mark Spooner

Surround the lettering with a botanical-inspired wreath like this couple did for their whimsical Hudson Valley wedding. Michael and Molly remember the signing of their ketubah as one of the best parts of their wedding day, bringing together their closest family and friends.

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Multicultural Design

ketubah

Photo by To The Moon

Monis and Corey signed an elaborately designed ketubah before their multicultural wedding ceremony in New York City. Their colorful ketubah incorporated elements of the bride's Pakistani heritage as well.

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Colorful Intricacy

Ketubah signing

Photo by Catherine Mead

This couple had their vows printed on their decorative ketubah instead of reading them aloud. The bride, Jacqueline, cites having her friends and family sign the ketubah after the ceremony as one of her favorite memories of their wedding day.

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No Frills

Groom signing the ketubah

Photo by Branco Prata

This couple's simple ketubah kept elements basic but elegant in a minimalist design. In lieu of a multicolor theme, add interest to the ketubah design with geometrically shaped lettering.

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Starry Night Inspired

Bride and groom signing a starry night themed ketubah

Photo by Lauren Louise Collective

Heather and Adam's city-night-sky ketubah is a work of art. White ink pops against the dark painted sky and a shimmery silver Sharpie to sign goes hand in hand with a twinkling star theme.

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