Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ria, Janda Tajir Cantik

So, the question has been popped and you've said yes! Now the planning starts...

Finding a venue, organizing your photographer and planning your once in a lifetime honeymoon is just the start of your 'to-do' list.

But what about keeping your guests entertained on your big day?

One of the most unique wedding entertainment ideas is to hire a wedding caricaturist to keep your guests entertained.

So, just how do you go about hiring a caricaturist for your wedding day entertainment and what should you expect? Here are 6 top tips to help you get the ultimate wedding entertainment for your big day that will have your guests rolling in the aisle with laughter!!

1. Where to find your caricaturist

Your first step is to make a general search for 'Wedding Caricaturists' in search engines. Make sure to look at the image results for these searches which will give you a really good idea of what to expect from a wedding caricaturist. Most caricaturists are surprisingly sympathetic with their drawings, with an emphasis on gentle humour rather than the more cruel satirical caricatures you may have seen in newspapers and magazines.

You can also search for entertainment agencies for caricaturists. This may help you to feel more secure with your booking but can add an extra cost than hiring a caricaturist direct.

2. Check out local caricaturists websites

Tighten your search to local results. Find out who in your local area is offering a wedding caricature service. Working with a local artist may save you some cost that a caricaturist further afield may charge for travel (and occasionally accommodation if the distance is great).

3. Check out past customer testimonials

Any caricaturist worth considering will have a website of images and reviews from past customers. If the caricaturist is any good at all these will be easily available for you to review. Check the dates of the reviews left to make sure they are recent and the caricaturist is not just riding on distant successes.

4. Check out their pricing

Most caricaturists charge by the hour and a minimum booking of 2 hours is the norm. Prices can range from £150 - £350 for a two-hour booking. For this, your guests will usually receive a black and white caricature that should really take no more than 4 or 5 minutes each - often faster.

5. Check out their galleries

Price is not always the best indicator of quality. While you are looking at the site, check out the gallery of party caricature images. What do you think of the likeness? Would you be happy for your guests to receive one of the images as a gift from you?

6. Get in contact!

Email a few caricaturists and get a feel for how they communicate with you. Are they friendly and warm or are they more business-like? Do you get your questions answered fully and in good time?

Once a few emails have passed, a quick call to finalize the details such as timings and requirements (will the caricaturist be bringing an easel and lights or simply go from table to table) this will also give you another opportunity to get to know your caricaturist.

The advantage of hiring a caricaturist for your wedding entertainment is the fun and memorable gift your guests get to take home form you as a wonderful memento of your special day. Following the steps outlined above should help to ensure this part of your planning can be ticked off the list!

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