Every couple dreams of having a unique and memorable wedding. One way to achieve this is to incorporate live art into your special day. Live wedding art is becoming increasingly popular and for good reason - it's an entertaining and personalized way to capture your wedding memories! However, planning and executing live art requires some know-how. That's why I've created a list of helpful tips to ensure your live wedding art is a complete success!
Choosing the Right Moment to Capture:
One of the most important aspects to consider is the timing of the live artwork. Select a moment that will provide the artist with an ample amount of time to create their masterpiece on site. However, don't let that deter you from choosing your perfect moment! Some artists, including myself will take the painting back to their studio for final touches if more time is needed. I like to say that I finish most of my pieces on site, but art is not an exact science (so it's hard to know exactly how much time is needed - there are many factors involved).
For instance, there have been occasions where I started a painting before the ceremony, only to then relocate my easel to the reception thereafter. This transition, while seamless in appearance, does eat into my painting time. Once resettled, I sometimes find myself adding additional predetermined intricate details like beloved pets, meaningful symbols, or people. Due to the dynamic nature of such events, completing these paintings on-site isn't always feasible. So, I bring the canvas back to my studio, where I lovingly add the finishing touches over the next 4-6 weeks. The final masterpiece is then either personally delivered or carefully shipped to the client.
Consider the Setup and Space:
Set up is crucial when it comes to live wedding art. Discuss with your wedding planner and the artist about the space they will need to perform their work. Make sure there is enough space and lighting for everything to be seen and appreciated properly. My setup is quite compact, requiring just a 4'x6' space along with access to a nearby power outlet. I pride myself on being self-sufficient, managing both the setup and breakdown on my own, ensuring a smooth and unobtrusive presence at your event. Click on my easel to explore what my setup looks like in 3D! >>>>>>
Choose an Artist that Aligns with Your Vision:
Hiring the right artist is essential for successful live wedding art. Look for artists who align with your vision and fit with the overall theme and style of your wedding. Check out their portfolio, online reviews or social media pages, see if they have created similar pieces previously, and if they have an understanding of your preferred painting style.
Communicate Your Expectations Clearly:
It’s important to have a clear and concise conversation with your chosen artist. Let them know exactly what you want and don’t want. Do you want the painting to be realistic or abstract? How many people or scenes do you want to include in the painting? What colors do you prefer? Be open to suggestions and communicate any changes as they come up.
Work with Your Budget:
Live wedding art is not cheap. The cost can vary from artist to artist, so it’s important to consider your budget when looking for the right artist. Quality live art demands time and skill, and depends on a range of factors such as the artist’s experience, the materials used, travel and the size of the painting. Always ask in advance for a quote and with a specific scope of work tailored to your wedding.
Live art at your wedding is a great way to create a lasting memory of your special day. With the right planning, it can be a unique and entertaining addition to your celebrations. As with all things wedding-related, it's important to communicate with your wedding planner and the artist.
Ready to book your Live Wedding Painting experience? Contact me to schedule a discovery call and check availability. Have you worked with a live artist before? Let us know in the comments what your experience was!