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Our Latest Wedding Obsession Explained – All the Info on Live Painting

Wedding vendors are creatives by nature, but we still almost can’t believe all the new ways they have revolutionized the industry in the past few years with services that make for some seriously unique wedding celebrations. Among those are live painting and illustration as a form of entertainment for guests to enjoy while capturing a moment in time with a piece of custom art you will remember and cherish forever. You probably still have a few questions about it all, and we’re sharing everything you need to know about live painting and illustration in Oklahoma. Read on!

(Information provided by Courtney Kibby Designs)

Artist: Jenny Elton Fine Art

What does a live wedding painter do?

A live wedding painter PAINTS YOUR WEDDING.  Each has different offerings, but the bulk remains the same. You work with your painter to choose the exact moment you want painted, and your painter paints it. It’s really that simple.  Choosing the ideal moment may not be easy, but thats why live wedding painters are professionals and can guide you through the process and make the best decision for you and your fiancé.

Typical live wedding painting packages include one painting and 4-6 hours of live painting and entertainment for your guests – talk about including TRADITION and a heaping spoonful of charm!


Why hire a live wedding painter?

A live wedding painter is highly attuned to the exact moment the bride wants painted. The as a live wedding painter isn’t working to make sure every moment is taken care of, but instead capturing one special and timeless memory that can hang on your wall forever and be passed down as an heirloom for generations. Because of that, live wedding painters are laser-focused. They are there to not only help make sure that your day is perfect, but ensure that perfect happily ever after moment is captured beautifully.

Artist: Jenny Elton Fine Art

I’m getting a photographer/videographer. Do I still need this?

Capturing your wedding with photos is beautiful! It’s a precious way to remember your day, and the value that art adds not only to your life and your day is priceless.

Your photographer is there to blend in and take photos, and the live wedding painter is there to ENTERTAIN your guests and draw them to fall even more in love with your special day and remember it vividly. So why hire a live wedding painter? Because your future self deserves it!

(Information courtesy Amy Lee Illustration)

Artist: Amy Lee Illustration

What’s unique about live illustration?

You may be familiar with live wedding painters, but they only capture a single moment on your wedding day. Custom illustrations provide a unique live experience for you and your guests to enjoy. The illustrations are completed at a surprising speed (approximately six minutes per person) and guests get to take home the original, signed artwork!


How does live illustration work?

Live illustration is typically offered during the cocktail hour and reception. Typically, you have the venue set up a table with two chairs on either side. The artist will sit on one side and the guests sit on the other as they’re being illustrated. A line forms pretty organically so you want it to be located somewhere in the venue where guests can easily see the setup, but it won’t get in the way of caterers, bartenders, etc. if a line forms.

What else do I need to know?

Because custom illustrations are created with markers, they dry immediately. Worried your guests will get tired of sitting? They must remain at the table, but they can talk, drink, eat cake, etc. If you’re hoping to include more illustrated elements into the design of your wedding, many live wedding illustrators also offer custom packages and can create guestbook illustrations, placeholder cards, and more!


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