What Is An Anniversary Ketubah?

A Ketubah, by definition, marks the beginning of a marriage.

Is there a way to mark the midway point of a marriage?

The traditional method is through the anniversary ketubah.

The anniversary Ketubah is a tradition, begun fairly recently (around the ’70s), that helps Jewish couples “renew their vows” in a way that is stronger and more compelling than just having a big 25th or 50th bash.

The anniversary Ketubah is broadly the same as a standard, non-anniversary ketubah. But there are a few notable differences:

First, the wording should be adjusted slightly to account for the renewal. Certain provisions might be less relevant, such as the dowry.

Secondly, the art of an anniversary Ketubah is often more formal and elegant than that of a standard Ketubah, in our experience. When a couple first gets married, full of newfound energy, they either don’t pay much attention to the Ketubah or tend to look for something reflecting the new excitement, this is an opportunity to choose something that really make you happy.

The anniversary Ketubah, on the other hand, we’ve found is often going to be a Work of Art hanging in the living. This, then is a different aesthetic look and feel than a Ketubah to be hidden away. Of course it needs to be high quality and just awesome — everyone wants something cool and fun, and often we want something modern and contemporary, too, even if we are a traditional couple — and that doesn’t really change.

The Ketubah, after all, should capture and memorialize a couple’s love under the Jewish tradition. At the end of the day, this is what counts the most.

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