Post # 1
Does anyone have suggestions for ‘activities’ (for lack of a better word) to have at a reception for guests? I think we’re having a photobooth, but what about having a caricature artist for guests? Has anyone done that or seen it done at a wedding? Did guests enjoy it?
Our venue offers cigar-rolling, but I doubt many of our guests would be into that (at least not enough to merit the high price) . I don’t want too many activities because I don’t want to distract from the reception too much, but I thought having one or two could be fun.
Thoughts and/or suggestions?? (Not sure if this makes a difference, but reception will be in NYC).
Post # 3
I know some friends of my Mother-In-Law had one at a large party and it was the HIT of the party! Caricatures that is.
Post # 4
We used a caricature artist at our 2005 wedding, and it was very popular. We paid $300.00 for 2 hours of black and white drawings.(anything longer and his hand would cramp). I wanted to make sure guests weren’t bored and it worked wonderfully. Our videographer said it was the only time he’s ever had competition for the love story video we also had.
If you do go this route, make sure to have your caricature done before the artist leaves!
Here’s who we used: http://www.muggshotz.net/
Post # 5
We’re not doing any of these things, but I do think a couple of good ideas would be to hire a GOOD close-up magician who goes around to tables and performs for a few guests at a time (careful to audition them first. You don’t want corny, but some are really really impressive), and also if you like a type of music that has a special dance to go with it (like salsa for example), hiring a professional to teach guests a quick dance lesson during the cocktail hour could be fun. Or just having a dance performance.
Post # 6
As a caricature artist myself, you may have guessed that I am highly in favor of caricatures at weddings. There are a number of referral websites that can find a caricature artist in your area. I would encourage you to bear in mind that the artist you choose is going to be the key. Look for samples, style and personality. You’ll want to find an artist that has teh adaptable personality to fit tight in at your wedding reception.
One option to consider is a “roving” caricature artist. This is when the artist floats around teh reception with a small drawing board and draws the guests as the stand at the bar, or he’ll pop into an empty seat. IF you choose the right artist this can be a real fun way to do it without having anybody have to wait in line.
I have alittle article on my website about choosing the right artist. And of course, if you happen to be in Massachusetts, I hope you’ll consider choosing…Me;)
Post # 7
My friend had one at her wedding and it was a hit! People were surprised at first but they really got into it. And I have a really cool picture of me and my friends hanging up behind my desk.