(Closed) Cocktail hour sketch artist?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
  • poll: Would you rather keep the sketch or paste it in a scrap book?
    Keep that little gem! : (15 votes)
    54 %
    Create a picture book! : (4 votes)
    14 %
    Neither, here's my suggestion: : (9 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 3
    960 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @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
    2999 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I love that idea, I also love the idea of a charicature artist.  I think you should let people keep their drawnings!

    Post # 5
    2023 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    This is an awesome idea!!!

    Post # 6
    3769 posts
    Honey bee
    • 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
    11271 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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
    966 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    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.

    @Elky:  +1

    Post # 9
    1332 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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
    1441 posts
    Bumble bee
    • 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 # 12
    960 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @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 # 14
    1 posts

    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!



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