(Closed) Silhouette Artist at my wedding as Favors

posted 8 years ago in Favors
  • poll: Should I have a silhouette artist at my wedding as favor?
    Yay! it's so cool i'll go home and frame it and think of your wedding :P (ok maybe not that extreme) : (23 votes)
    72 %
    Nay! more clutter.. : (9 votes)
    28 %
  • Post # 3
    4887 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I think the thought behind it and the concept itself is stellar, however as a favor at a wedding, I’m torn.  Yes, it’s cool – but more for a function at the museum itself, and perhaps not so much for a wedding. 

    I think photo booths are so popular because they’re fun, sometimes outrageous, and great for memories of a good time.  I’m not so sure that a silhouette of myself would remind me of what a great time I had… plus I wouldn’t want to hold still long enough for them to do it.  I would definitely take home and frame a great picture of me having fun with the bride/friends at a wedding, but I’m not sure what I’d do with a silhouette of myself.  ?

    Hate to say it, but I side with your fiance on this one.  Spend the cash on the photobooth instead.  Or figure out another favor for a museum – I’ve seen paint kits, paint your own pottery/pictures, small but interesting picture frames, you name it.

    Good luck!!!

    Post # 4
    1014 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I really wanted to have silhouette artist Karl Johnson at our wedding, but it would have been juuuust over budget with travel expenses.  We’re having a DIY photobooth, though, so I am happy about that.  I would be totally stoked to have my silhouette made at a wedding, and definitely wouldn’t thow it out at the end of the night!  It’s a piece of art for goodness sakes!  🙂

    oh, and silhouettes are made lightening fast, just FYI.  Karl Johnson makes one for you and your guest in under 2 minutes.  pretty cool.

    Post # 5
    4824 posts
    Honey bee

    I personally would think it is cool, until I got home and go “Now what on earth am I going to do with this?” I will put it somewhere for a period of time until I felt less bad about throwing it out.

    Post # 6
    767 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I think it’s awesome. I would love to have something like this. Personally, I think more favors are way not worth the money. At least this one would also provide entertainment. 

    Post # 7
    3049 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    It sounds really cool! But if I’m supposed to critique it I guess I will. As a guest, I would like the idea, but I’m not sure how long I would keep up with it at a wedding (in tact). How stiff will the paper be? I think it’s the same as any other favor, unless you’re eating it, it’s likely to be forgotten or thrown away. And even food gets thrown away! I would rather have an actual picture, but it’s still a cool idea 🙂

    Post # 8
    2538 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    I hate my silhouette…so i wouldn’t be a fan.  I agree with people above that I wouldn’t want to sit long.  I think a lot of people would just skip it.  I do think the idea is really cool though…maybe you can incorporate it in some other way?

    I think photo booths are super fun, especially for guests…

    Post # 9
    10 posts
    • Wedding: July 2000

    The silhouettes only take about a minute to create and we have had many brides tell us later that their guests still talk about the silhouettes and they also see them hanging in friends and family’s homes when they visit.  Guests love to watch silhouettes being created as well, so it is a form of entertainment.  When Karl cuts silhouettes, he always cuts two at the same time so that one can be mounted in a guest book for the couple and the guest can write a personal note next to their silhouette.  Great keepsake for the bride and groom!

    Post # 10
    1 posts
    • Wedding: December 2008

    From an artist’s perspective….

    I think it all depends on the atmosphere of your wedding. Do you want a lively and exciting feeling? Or do you want a more relaxed and casual feeling? Or do you want a formal and elegant feeling?

    For a lively and exciting wedding atmosphere — silouhette cutouts sound perfect!

    For relaxed and casual  — silouhette cutouts may work

    For formal and elegant — cutouts don’t feel appropriate (to me)


    Well, those are my thoughts…

    Best wishes for your special day!!



    Post # 11
    2385 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I think it’s an awesome idea!

    Post # 13
    7 posts
    • Wedding: August 2018

    I think that is going to be interesting.

    Post # 14
    444 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    Is the idea that guests will have their own silhouettes done? I have to say, while I think it’s a really cool idea in theory, I don’t know what I would do with a silhouette of myself. 

    I think the nice thing about weddings is that you get to see friends/family and celebrate a really special moment with them. This is what photobooths do a really good job capturing. Silhouettes seem a bit… individualistic, simple? Instead of getting a glimpse of the vibe/feeling of the event, you just have an outline — no emotion or detail or anything.

    That said, at the end of the day a silhouette or a photobooth photo will probably end up in the same place in my apartment: a memory box.

    Post # 15
    2 posts

    Okay – I have to add to this conversation even though the wedding has already come and gone for the person who posted this question. I hope future brides who come across this forum in their search will find my comment and have their questions answered.

    I am a silhouette artist. I travel all over the states to hand cut silhouettes at wedding receptions (and other events) quite often. I have also done this art for celebrities. They want something unique, rare and entertaining for their guests and they are always more than happy they thought of such an original idea and celebrity guests are completely captivated by seeing this art form in person.

    As others have commented, silhouettes only take 2 minutes or less for the artist to cut and you don’t have to be a statue. They’ll get glimpses of just the right pose. We are used to doing children’s silhouettes at boutiques or in our studios (and even emailed pictures) so adults are easy. And we also know how to do a tiny nip or tuck for a neck line or a chin if you like so you don’t have to worry if you don’t like a certain feature of your profile. Once other quests see the first few silhouettes and how complimentery they are, they all line up and gasp in delight as they see each person’s profile created from start to finish right before their eyes. They make such lovely souvenirs to remember the occasion.

    We fold our paper before cutting so that there are two silhouettes made when we unfold the paper after cutting a profile. And then most of us do give one to the guest (mine are placed on heavy cardstock and into a clear plastic sleeve for protection) and the other goes into an album for the bride and groom with best wishes signed from each guest. What a wonderful pictorial guest book they will always have to look through!

    There are only a handful of artists in the United States who can do this rare art form so just being able to hire one who is available that day is impressive. And as for photo/booths… pictures are a dime a dozen now with a camera in everyone’s pocket. I think photo booths have their place, but I can tell you, we are hired for the weddings that intend to entertain and honor their family and friends in a most elegant and respectful way.

    In this day of technology, we are all used to instant gratification, so how cool is it for your guests to watch an artist cut (not draw… and certainly not trace), but CUT the shape of each guest’s profile in under 2 minutes. It’s an art you can especially appreciate in person. What I love about silhouettes is that they eliminate skin tone, hair color, eye color, even attire, and leave only the most pure, basic essence of a person to be recognized by the viewer. For this reason, they are sometimes referred to as “portraits of the soul.” How fitting for a celebration of two people in love! …Or for an event where artists are the guests!

    Silhouettes are the type of portrait that get passed down through the generations. Your silhouette will be displayed in someone’s home in later years and proudly mentioned as their great, great grandmother or an uncle etc. They don’t become dated like a family photo which fades or shows out dated clothes or crazy hair styles. They are a most classical and traditional way to portray someone.
    Silhouettes were the snapshot before the camera was invented. If your lover were leaving on a voyage across the sea, you’d seek out a silhouette artist and have them create your silhouette and give it to your lover to remember you. You may even have it made into jewelry like a cameo brooch or a ring. They have roots in the most romantic of gifts from centuries ago.

    Many silhouette artists (as I do) will also cut a head to toe full figure silhouette of the bride and groom posing together within only 5 minutes or so which makes it even more entertaining to watch. For a smaller event, an artist could even do additional head to toe silhouettes: a flower girl, a boy in a tiny tux, a guest holding a wine glass… The guests are all dressed formally so the silhouettes turn out looking like classic Jane Austen’s or stately Andrew Jackson’s.

    What could you do with your silhouette? Frame it in a black oval frame (traditional) or a silver rectangular frame; place it in a scrapbook; give it to your mother; make it the wallpaper on your phone; your avator in social media; your personal stationary; have it monogrammed onto towels… and most silhouette artists are able to feature them onto all sorts of gift items if you contact them after… How many silhouettes do you already have of yourself?





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