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Ice Sculptures – The “Coolest” Decoration for Your Wedding

We have all seen those crystal-clear, intricately carved ice statues at weddings and corporate events. Although they might shout “rich and famous,” they are a good deal more affordable than you might expect. For your next event, select an ice sculpting company that can translate your ideas into frozen works of art.

Step 1

Decide when you need the ice sculpture. Whether a company can make your ice sculpture depends on the day and time that you need it. Some companies will take next-day orders while others will require you to order up to a month in advance.

Step 2

Find out whether your banquet facility has a preferred vendor before you start your search. The venue might require that you hire its preferred ice carver instead of finding one on your own.

Step 3

Choose a company that includes everything that you need to display your ice sculpture. This should include delivery and setup, a tray to hold it in, a hose for drainage, lights to show off the detail and perhaps some greenery or flowers for around the base of the sculpture.

Step 4

Select an ice sculpting company that can create a unique statue or centerpiece for you. If you are going for a traditional shape such as a heart, wedding bells or a swan, then using an ice mold might be okay with you. However, there are plenty of skilled artists who sculpt custom designs. If you want something unique or personalized, find a company that can do that for you.

Step 5
Order through a company you can afford. You might have thousands of dollars to spend on an ice bar, or you might just want an ice punch bowl. Improved transportation methods have lowered the price on ice sculptures so that you can now get more for your money than in the past.

Tips & Warnings
  • Ice sculptures are not limited to weddings. You can also select sculpting for your anniversary party, birthday party or corporate holiday gathering.
  • Most studios will provide you with a tour of their facilities before you sign a contract with them.
  • Speak with the venue where you are having your ice displayed. They need to know what type of linens to provide and they will also need to set up a table that will hold the weight of the ice–often 200 pounds or more.
  • Ask the person who makes your sculpture how long it should last. Depending on the size and detail, sculptures can last anywhere from three to eight hours.
Information courtesy of eHow.com
Photos courtesy of BCR Studios
Ice sculptures by Elegant Ice Creations

Wedding Decor for Today’s Bride

When thinking about wedding reception decoration ideas, most couples usually focus too much about choosing the right flowers and the centerpiece then forgetting about everything else. This is absolutely wrong. If you want a perfect wedding, you should know that although flowers and the centerpieces are indeed significant, there are other things that your wedding reception decoration ideas should focus on and solve to create a visually pleasing affair.

1. Candles – This old-fashioned source of light is not only beautiful to look at but it can also create an exceptionally romantic atmosphere especially at night. Wedding reception decoration ideas concerning candles should consider factors like height, width, color, and aroma. If you’ve got extra money to spare, you should also consider buying candles that give off a special scent to make your wedding smell as beautiful as it looks.

2. Lighting – Wedding reception decoration ideas should consider the lighting of the venue. If possible, use various kinds of lights to create the proper atmosphere. For cocktails or the entrance of bride and groom, it’s important to allow your guests to see everything and everyone in all its glory. Make sure that the lights can be dimmed, however, when it’s time for couples to dance.

3. Chair Decor – Wedding reception decoration ideas must also focus not just making the seats for the guests comfortable but pretty to look at as well. High-backed chairs are for more formal occasions. Chairs with padded seats are more comfortable but they’re more expensive to rent and heavier to move around. Make sure that you use chairs which can accommodate all sizes if you don’t want to cause discomfort to any of your guests.

4. Statues and Sculptures – Your wedding would be boring to look at if there’s nothing to please the roaming eyes of your guests. Wedding reception decoration ideas should also focus on placing strategically located decorations in the venue to give people something to look at AND serve as an excellent backdrop for picture-taking.

5. Napkins and Cutlery – Even the cutlery and napkin you’ll use for the wedding should be taken care of. Wedding reception decoration ideas regarding this matter should focus on the color and style of your dining ware but be sure to use only what you can afford to buy…or rent.

For more information on wedding decor, contact some of our local vendors for more great ideas at http://www.todaysbrideonline.com/topics/decorations_linens_rentals.phtml and http://www.todaysbrideonline.com/topics/ice_lighting.phtml.

Photos courtesy of L’Nique & Z Media