Ketubah Texts

Poetic

This ketubah witnesses before God and all present that on the ____day of _____in the year _____ in the city of _____ the holy covenant of marriage was commenced between the bride _____ and the groom _____. Surrounded by family and friends andthe rich consort of acquaintances we call community, we declare our commitment to each other as husband and wife. Our lives shall now be forever intertwined. We will celebrate each day together with reverence, respect and joy. In times of plenty we will cherish each other and in times of difficulty we will protect each other. We will fill our home with generosity and warmth and share freely with all who dwell there. Willingly we commence this promise of companionship and love. Together from this day forward we are as one.

Poetic (sans G-d)

This ketubah shall bear witness that on the ____day of _____in the year _____ in the city of _____ the covenant of marriage was commenced between the bride _____ and the groom _____. Surrounded by family and friends and the rich consort of acquaintances we call community, we declare our commitment to each other as husband and wife. Our lives shall now be forever intertwined. We will celebrate each day together with reverence, respect and joy. In times of plenty we will cherish each other and in times of difficulty we will protect each other. We will fill our home with generosity and warmth and share freely with all who dwell there. Willingly we commence this promise of companionship and love. Together from this day forward we are as one.

Secular

On the ___ day of ___, in the year ___, _____, the groom and _____, the bride, join each other before those present to declare a mutual covenant as husband and wife, partners in life, a bond called marriage. ___, promises that he will love and honor, respect and listen to ____, his new wife. ___promises that she will, in turn, love, honor, respect and listen to ____, even when he’s wrong. With our signatures on this Ketubah we promise to go the distance throughout our lives to create a nurturing environment in which to share our day-to-day experiences. We promise to endear and protect one another from outside and from within. We promise to support each other in times of sorrow, and relish each other in times of joy. And we promise, of course, to allow each other to blossom into the future that has yet to be. Now, as a couple in the eyes of the world and within our own hearts, to the best of our abilities, and from this moment forward, we are as one.

Interfaith

On the ___ day of ___, in the year ___, son of ___, and ___, daughter of ___, join each other before those present to declare a mutual covenant as husband and wife, partners in life, a bond called marriage. The groom, ___, promises that he will love, honor, and respect his new wife. The bride, ___, promises that she will, in turn, love, honor, and respect her new husband. With our signatures on this Ketubah we promise to create a nurturing environment in which to share our day-to-day experiences. We promise to endear and protect one another from outside and from within. We promise to support each other in times of sorrow, and relish each other in times of joy. And we promise, of course, to allow each other to blossom into the future that has yet to be. Now, as a couple in the eyes of the world and within our own hearts, to the best of our abilities, and from this moment forward, we are as one.

Reform and / or Conservative

On the ___ day of ___, in the year ___, son of ___, and ___, daughter of ___, join each other before friends and family to declare a mutual covenant as husband and wife, partners in life, a bond called marriage. With our signatures on this Ketubah, _____, the bride, and ____, the groom, promise to love and honor each other as has been the custom of past generations that have followed the ancient tradition of Israel and the noble laws of Moses. We promise to create a nurturing environment in which to share our day-to-day experiences. We promise to endear and protect one another from outside and from within. We promise to support each other in times of sorrow, and relish each other in times of joy. And we promise, of course, to allow each other to blossom into the future that has yet to be. Now, as a couple in the eyes of the world and within our own hearts, to the best of our abilities, and from this moment forward, we are as one.

Orthodox

On the ___ day of ___, in the year ___, son of ___, and ___, daughter of ___, join each other before family and friends to make a mutual covenant as husband and wife, partners in life, a bond called marriage. The groom, ___, affirms: "From this moment forward, I acknowledge you as my wife according to the ancient traditions of Israel and the noble laws of Moses. In faithful mind and deed I pledge my life to you.” The bride, ___, affirms: "From this moment forward, I acknowledge you as my husband according to the ancient traditions of Israel and the noble laws of Moses. In faithful mind and deed I pledge my life to you.” With our signatures on this Ketubah we promise to create a nurturing environment in which to share our day-to-day experiences. We promise to endear and protect one another from outside and from within. We promise to support each other in times of sorrow, and relish each other in times of joy. And we promise, of course, to allow each other to blossom into the future that has yet to be. Now, as a couple in the eyes of the world and within our own hearts, to the best of our abilities, and from this moment forward, we are as one.