Photo by Mariah Roth

Live wedding paintings are becoming an increasingly popular option for couples looking to add an extra touch of creativity and uniqueness to their special day. When I started live wedding painting in 2018, there was only one other artist offering the service in the entire province – now in 2023 there are about 10 and seemingly more popping up every day!

A live wedding painter can capture the essence of your celebration and provide you with a beautiful and lasting keepsake. However, with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right wedding painter for your big day. This guide will provide you with five key factors to consider when selecting a live wedding painter.

  1. Style and Approach: When selecting a wedding painter, it’s important to choose someone whose style and approach align with your personal taste and preferences. Some wedding painters specialize in creating abstract pieces, while others may focus on more traditional or realistic styles. Make sure to view the painter’s portfolio, previous work, and past client reviews to get a sense of their style and approach, and ensure it matches what you have in mind for your wedding day. Also keep in mind that studio paintings are typically created in a much more calm and relaxed environment so it’s important that the artist has created a painting or two at a wedding, because it’s a whole other ballgame!
  2. Experience and Availability: It’s crucial to choose a wedding painter with experience painting at weddings, as this will ensure that they are familiar with the pace and energy of the event. You must also consider their availability on your wedding day, as well as their setup requirements, such as space, lighting, and access to electricity.
  3. Pricing and Services: Wedding painters offer a variety of pricing structures and services, so it’s important to consider your budget and what services you would like to include. There is no hard and fast set of pricing guidelines for artists because each artist has a different level of experience and different style. Some painters may offer framing or delivery services, while others may provide you with a digital copy of your painting. Make sure to ask about the painter’s pricing and services upfront to ensure that you are on the same page.
    • Personal Connection: As the wedding painter will be with you throughout your wedding day, it’s important to choose someone with whom you have a comfortable and positive personal connection. You want them to be excited! This is a huge deal! Consider their personality and approach, as well as their communication skills and level of professionalism. Make sure that you feel comfortable and confident in your choice of wedding painter.
      • Flexibility and Adaptability: Weddings can be unpredictable and things may not always go according to plan. It’s important to choose a wedding painter who is flexible and adaptable to changes in the schedule or environment. Consider how the painter will handle unexpected events or challenges that may arise on your wedding day. Typically this kind of experience comes from painting weddings, facing challenges and quickly maneuvering challenges and pivoting to a new plan.

      By considering these five key factors when selecting a wedding painter, you can ensure that you find the perfect fit for your wedding and create a beautiful and lasting keepsake. Remember to take your time, ask questions, and choose someone who aligns with your personal taste and style. With the right wedding painter by your side, your big day will be even more special and memorable for both you and your guests.


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