Caricature entertainment will make your wedding celebration stand out and be
you’ve never seen caricatures drawn at an event, you’ll be amazed when you see
how popular they are with guests. Not only do they have a great time, they leave
with a memento to cherish.
article will discuss why it is a great idea to include caricature entertainment
at your wedding reception. Then it will furnish tips on finding and booking the
perfect artist for your event.
love to watch an artist draw. The transformation of blank paper into a drawing
that captures a guest's personality and character is nothing short of magical. A
competent caricature artist performs this seemingly effortless feat in just a
few short minutes.
so, an audience will quickly form to watch the magic (and have some good natured
fun with the ‘victim in the hot seat.’)
fact, the better your guests know each other the more likely there will be some
ribbing. But that is part of the fun. Especially if you have a family of
practical jokers like mine.
people think of party caricature as children’s entertainment. It is. The 40 and
50 year-old kids have as much – or more – fun as well as the little ones.
makes it perfect for wedding receptions where there are few if any chronological
what makes caricature entertainment really special is that your guests receive a
keepsake to take home. Their drawing is a one-of-a-kind memento they will
have shown me caricature drawings from ten, even twenty years ago. Some had
framed them and hung them on a wall.
added touch, ask the artist to print an inscription such as “Jenny and Joe’s
Wedding, March 6, 2006” onto the drawing stock ahead of time.
where do you find a caricature artist?
• Word of mouth: Ask your friends, neighbors, colleagues in the office. If they
used someone and were happy, chances are you will be, too.
wedding coordinator or event planner: She may offer to make the arrangements for
Venues, caterers, DJs, and other vendors often have preferred vendor lists.
Search the internet. You’ll be able to see the artist’s samples, too.
places: Booking agencies, the local convention and visitors bureau or chamber of
commerce, trade organizations such as ISES (International Special Events Society
- www.ises.com), the Yellow Pages, and ads in hospitality industry and local
Choosing your artist(s)
Since artist styles can range from mild to wild, you’ll want to see artist
samples of caricaturists under consideration. Since most caricature artists have
websites these days, it is easy to view their samples online.
benchmark of a competent party caricature artist is that he ought to be able to
render a black & white likeness of a person's head and shoulders (caricature
portrait) in 5 minutes or less (10 minutes for a couple). If your event is
large, consider hiring more than one artist.
your artist should have experience working in a special event setting. That is
because demands on a party artist are much different than the demands on a
studio or theme park artist.
Like other party performers, (and unlike artists at theme parks or the
boardwalk), caricature artists base their fee on an hourly rate subject to a
artist will furnish his or her own easel or drawing set up and supply all
drawing paper and art supplies.
choosing your artist, remember that maximum value and the lowest rate are not
takes years of experience to develop sufficient drawing skill to maintain
consistent quality and speed. And it takes experience to develop the skill to
handle some of the stickier interpersonal aspects of party work. So expect
students and inexperienced artists to quote you a lower rate. But as the adage
goes, you get what you pay for.
Booking the artist
If you are dealing directly with the artist, you will receive a contract
spelling out the details.
times, you’ll be asked to pay a deposit to hold the reservation. The balance
will be due at the event.
Last, but not least:
If you choose to add caricature entertainment to your wedding reception, relax,
enjoy yourself, and make sure you get your turn in the ‘hot seat.”