If you are intent on having an ice sculpture at your wedding reception there are a few things you will need to keep in mind. One of those things is what type of ice sculpture would you like? Is your wedding a formal affair where you will want a sophisticated design, or do you want a more fun ice sculpture for a more formal event?
Another thing to consider is where you would like the ice sculpture to be placed. There are those couples who like to have their ice sculpture on the table where guests will put the gifts; others prefer the ice sculpture at the bride and groom's table. You may want your ice sculpture to be in the foyer of the reception hall where guests will see it when they first enter, or you might want to put it next to the cake. Where you place the ice sculpture will also depend on the layout and the size of the room.
An ice sculpture may weigh anywhere from 150 to 200 lbs. so a table is important to support the weight. Finding the right artist to create your sculpture is your next order of business. You can start by asking friends and family for their recommendations. You can also search The National Ice Carving Association website for ice sculptors that are in your area.
It is advised that as soon as you make the decision to have an ice sculpture, that you call your order in. You will more than likely be asked for a deposit to secure your place on their calendar. You can order a sculpture that is carved by hand and is made of clear ice or you can choose a sculpture that has been molded and colored to complement the room or the wedding theme.
You will be presented with a wide array of choices when it comes to prices and styles. You may want to order an ice sculpture that has been custom designed specifically for you or you may choose one of the offers they advertise. Your ice sculpture should come with a guarantee for a timely delivery as well as setting up the sculpture along with a drip tray.
You can expect an ice sculpture that will be displayed indoors to last at least 5-8 hours. The larger pieces will last longer. The drip tray will catch the melting ice, so you do not have to worry about guests injuring themselves on a wet floor. The self-contained drip tray will typically be hidden by sprays of greens and baby's breath so that guests will not see it. You may be offered table swans, balloons, candles or flower arrangements to make your display complete.