Post # 1
Has anyone been to a wedding that had a sketch artist at the cocktail hour? Was it fun? Or do you think that would be fun as a guest?
I am thinking ofbringing someone. In to do sketched and either let the guest keep them or have them past it into a scrap book?
This idea is really just for entertainment for my guests as a conversation started, as I know mingling isn’t for everyone.*my iPad autocorrectS everything and won’t let me fix it -_-
Post # 3
@FutureMrsMcLaughin: How many guests will there be and how long will the sketch take per person? you don’t need to give time for everyone but if they take 10-15 minutes per person you might run into an issue of people wanting but cant’ have it done. Also know a person would need to sit still when people keep trying to talk to them/around them.
Post # 4
I love that idea, I also love the idea of a charicature artist. I think you should let people keep their drawnings!
Post # 5
This is an awesome idea!!!
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I would definitely want to keep it! If you really want copies though, maybe you can have someone do an on the spot scan of the picture so you have it in digital form? I don’t know how hard that is to pull off, though!
Post # 7
how long is your cocktail hour? how long does one picture take? how many guests do you have?
i would be concerned that only a fraction of your guests will get a picture done.
i’m not sure if i would keep something like this but i am sure some will.
Post # 8
I thought about this, but we’re probably going to do a photo station instead that provides 4×6 copies on the spot and an online gallery for printing and then maybe giving frames as favors (depends on price).
My thought is… most sketch artists can’t do anything decent in less than 10 or 15 minutes. It’s not fast or efficient at all… so people might want it done, and then wait or not get it done at all.
And then what will someone do with it when they get home? It’ll end up in a drawer or thrown away eventually, probably. Who do you know has a quick-sketch or character print of them framed/hanging anywhere?
I like the idea of photos… people are already dressed up in their best or very nicely, and would mostly be happy about being photographed in that state and keep/frame the photos… and it’s much, much faster, and people could have multiple poses if they wanted.
Post # 9
I went to a wedding with a sketch artist, and in theory it was a really great idea! However, the reality was that a) the one sketch artist took some time to make them, and so b) a huge line formed and did not diminish for hours. It went past cocktail hour, and even thru the reception.
To me, it diminished (greatly) the socialization aspect, as people were ‘waiting’ for their turn, and even slightly the reception, because many were outside of the reception room.
However, those that did it – which was almost every guest – LOVED their sketches, and the idea.
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens
I said neither, only because the option of letting the guest keep them wasn’t there. I say let the guests keep tem as their favor–that’s what we are planning to do!
Post # 11
@Elky: The artis is really fast, I saw him at a comedy event, he did each comedian during their 5 minute time, and was great at catching their features while they moved around and told jokes.
Post # 12
@FutureMrsMcLaughin: That could work then, just keep in mind you may end up wanting the artist to stay longer if theres a lot of guests that want a sketch
Post # 13
@Elky: Also I’ll have a day of coordinator who can make help make sure it ends on time, and keep the flow going.
Post # 14
I think having a sketch artist illustrate guests at a cocktail reception is a great idea. Though I’m a little biased (I’m a bridal fashion illustrator), an illustration of your guests is a totally unique way of commemorating your special day. Everyone will have photographs from the wedding, but not everyone attends wedding expecting to get an illustration of themselves at the end.
Coming from a background in live runway illustration, my colleagues and I are trained to illustrate extremely fast, capturing the essence of each model. Illustrators don’t need to spend 15 minutes per sketch on someone. Sometimes it only takes 5-10 minutes to watercolor a sketch.
In the past, I’ve illustrated guests and hung up the sketches on a wall behind me. Throughout the night, guests get to come up and look at the wall of illustrations and pick out their own. It’s a nice element of surprise. While each illustration event is different, I encourage you to talk to illustrators and ask about different events they’ve done. We’re pretty flexible and while no two wedding are the same, neither is an illustration project.
A lot of illustrators can snap a quick photo of their sketches and give the bride and groom a digital version of everything they sketched from their wedding. Nowadays, there are so many websites that allow you to upload photos and print your own photo book, i.e. Blurb, HPMagcloud, Mosaic, Lulu, etc. it’s very easy to give guests their portraits at the end of the night and save digital versions for yourself.
Hope this helps!