Thursday, March 24, 2011

Caricature Artist for Your Event

How about hiring a Caricature artist for your wedding? Lately these days, a lot of couples are taping into their creative side, and want to give something unique to their guests. I had the opportunity to work with Cathy Nolan at an event that I hosted as well as had the opportunity to interview her work of art and services. She sketched a cartoon of me, which looked like me! I adored how she captured all the positive qualities that signified my personality.

This is such a great treat to give your guests in your wedding- comical and friendly. You can have an artist in your reception ballroom giving your guests a one of a kind sketch of themselves! Or you can have a caricature of you and your soon-to-be in your invitation or have it displayed on matte board- so your guests can sign it, replacing the traditional guestbook. Please contact Cathy Nolan for rates and more information- Enjoy the Q&A interview with Cathy below!

Q: How long have you been a Caricature artist?
A: Gosh, since I was 18 years old so over 20 years! Thank goodness I don't look my age! LOL

Q: What inspired you to work in this creative field?
A: As a kid, we used to go to the Six Flags Great America amusement park and I would stop at the caricature booth and stand for HOURS mesmerized by these artists doing caricatures of people. At such a young age I was always drawing and just love being with people so it's been a good fit for me with my personality. Then in college for extra pizza money, I would do caricatures of people and then it wasn't until on a dare that a friend of mine wanted me to do a county fair. The fee was $100 and I had grossed $1000 at that time so the lightbulb went off! I can make money drawing people! :-)

Q: What kind of service do you offer? And do you travel?
A: Yes, I travel in the tristate area. I offer a variety of different options. I can either show up to the event and draw people for a few hours as entertainment. In the studio I can create a nice "save the date" caricature reminder, a wedding invitation, a nice card to present to the bride and groom or a caricature framed in a nice matted frame so guests at the wedding can sign it. That makes a great unique gift for the couple that has everything!

Q: Do you recommend having a Caricature artist at an event?
A: Absolutely! It's a lot of fun and there is an element of surprise to the person(s) being drawn and can be very entertaining for the other guests to watch the action. Plus, it's a unique souvenir for guests to take home as a reminder of the fun time they had at the event.

Q: What kind of events have you worked in?
A: I have worked at corporate and charity events, private yacht parties, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, weddings, and birthday parties for children and adults.

Q: What do you think about having a Caricature artist at a wedding?
A: It can be a fun element to have at a wedding and can be very entertaining for guests. I think more importantly, having a caricature of the bride and groom in a very nice matted frame makes a great wedding gift. At my wedding I did one of my husband and I and all of our guests signed the mat around the image and it's a great keepsake. (Photo enclosed) Plus, as guests enter the venue, they sign the mat and it makes a great conversation piece.

Q: How many hours do you recommend to have a Caricature artist at a wedding?
A: I recommend three hours for a minimum - the first hour for cocktail hour and then two to three hours afterwards while the party begins. A lot does depend on the number of guests that the bride and groom have. I usually can do 10-12 people / couples per hour.

Q: What kind of supplies do you use for your art? What kind of colors?
A: I use really nice black cardboard frames to add a unique touch along with Paris bleed proof paper that has a smooth quality. Most of the time I use a black Sharpie pen along with brushpen markers. To crank out the most drawings per hour I usually do black ink with a shade of gray to give a nice "classic" look. I can do caricatures in color which does add more brightness and vitality to the artwork but it takes longer per person / couple. However, sometimes I will just draw the bride and groom in color and then do the guests in black/white/gray.

Q: Since, caricature involves comical attributes, how do you capture someone’s personality on to your canvas?
A: I have a great demeanor with people and always have a conversation with the person(s) I am drawing. First of all, it breaks the ice so that the person(s) are not "freaked out" that someone is observing them the whole time. I ask them to look at my forehead so they don't feel so uncomfortable and then just get them to talk about themselves, what they like to do, where they live, how they know the bride and groom etc. I ask a lot of questions to get a feel for their personality and observe their interactions with their spouse, boyfriend, friend(s) etc. What is great about this technique is that the person(s) get so busy talking with me that after a while they really don't notice that I am drawing them!

Q: What is the best highlight of your job as a Caricature artist?
Making people smile, laugh and loving the artwork! Brightening someone's day is a great compliment and it's very fulfilling to me being able to bring joy to others with my art.

P.S. If you have a guestlist larger than 100 guests an assistant is required.

Friday, March 18, 2011

11 New Songs for 2011!

Even though we’re only in the 3rd month of 2011, lets start thinking of songs for your wedding-intro, first dance, and more! Here are suggested songs that are continuous hits on the radio!

1)Train- “Marry Me” (perfect song for the first dance)
2)Pink- “Raise your Glass” (perfect song for a fun upbeat Bridal Party Introduction and introducing the Mr. & Mrs.)
3)Rihanna- “Only Girl In the World” (rebellious song to gather all the ladies to catch that bouquet)
4)Bruno Mars- “Just the Way You Are (perfect song for the first dance or cake cutting)
5)Esperanza Spalding- “Little Fly” (dinner/cocktail hour background music)
6)Thompson Square- “Are you Gonna Kiss Me or Not” (for those who like the country genre- this can be your cake cutting song)
7)Black Eye Peas- “Time of My life” (perfect song for a Bridal Party Introduction & dance song)
8)Enrique Inglesias- “Tonight” featuring Ludacris (a great dance song, and garter removal song!)
9)James Blake- “Limit to Your Love” (perfect last song)
10)Pitbull ft. T Pain- “Hey Baby” (not a shy song for garter placement!)
11)Jennifer Lopez- “On the Floor” (perfect for introduction song or just to amp up your party!)

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Luck of the Irish Signature Drink!

St. Pattys is here! Need a signature drink to celebrate this festive pot of luck holiday! Or Are you Irish and having a themed Irish Wedding?

Check out this “Green Magic Drink”

Green Magic
1.5 oz Finlandia Vodka or Any Vodka
3 oz Orange Juice (no pulp)
Serve on the side 1 oz Blue Curacao

Mix in a shaker with ice the Finlandia and orange juice together, pour into either a martini glass or rocks glass with ice. Pour into the orange drink the blue Curacao and the drink turns green.

- Recipe courtesy of Finlandia


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Invitation Tips from The CardLady

It’s that time to start choosing your theme, style and your guest list, which is all factors in how to select your invitation. At first, it may seem like a daunting task because you don’t know who should or shouldn’t be invited, and most of all you don’t want to exceed over your desired budget. An invitation sets the tone of your wedding, whether if it is a beach wedding or a formal wedding, your guests will receive this invitation and they will get a hint in what to expect from your wedding, whether if it is a casual or formal wedding.

I had the opportunity to interview Invitation Designer Karla Randolph from “The Card Lady”. Her designs are sophisticated and playful, just like her personality. Please read our Q&A interview below. If you are interested, please visit and contact her today!

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Q:How long have you been in business? What inspired you to start up an Invitation business?
A:I have been in business for 3 years. I’ve always been a creative person and during the holiday a few years back, my aunt who is an insurance agent asked me if I can design her greeting cards for her clients for the holidays. At first I wasn’t sure because I was busy with my full time job, but I couldn’t pass the extra money for the holiday shopping J. Of course now I look back and I am sooo thankful I didn’t skip out on that opportunity because that little project truly inspired me to start this business. I realized how much I enjoy designing and creating invitations and stationeries. As crazy as it sounds designing is a true stress relief.

Q:Do you offer different packages? What are your packages?
A:Because all of my work is custom, I don’t have a set package. I like to be flexible and work with the client’s budget and if budget permits I can offer them additional stationary that they may need for the day of. Not only I design invitations and all the pieces that comes with it, but everything else paper related for the big day, such as programs, escort cards, menus, signages, posters, etc.

Q:Can you customize an invitation according to the client’s theme?
A:YES…I LOVE to customize invites to a certain theme. I love to tell my client that this design is exclusive to you on this special day.

Q:Do you add embellishments to invitations? What kind of embellishments do you add to the design?
A:I love embellishments. I’ve used crystals, twigs, ribbons, gems, bamboo sticks-you name it.

Q:Do you offer calligraphy?
A:I do offer calligraphy

Q:Does the invitation set the tone of a wedding? (i.e. formal, semi-formal, informal)?
A:Yes the invites will always set the tone for the wedding. I design based on what the client wants- also, I have found that customizing invites can really speak about the couples personality and the guest will have that opportunity to see that.

Q:When should invitations be ordered and sent to guests?
A: If most guests are in town I would say giving them one month to respond is plenty of time. If there are out of town guests, 2 to 3 months in advance will be enough time. Just keep in mind 90% of the time you’ll be calling your guest and confirming their attendance as some guests just never RSVP.

Q:What is your turn around time with invitation orders?
A:Invitations should be started as soon as the venue and date is in place. You want to give yourself enough time to send it out. Most clients come to me for their invitation needs 4 months prior to the planned date to send it out. From there, I typically request a 2-week turn around time once the designs have been finalized and approved.

Q:How early do you think invitations should be sent out for destination weddings?
A:Again. I would give a good 2 to 3 months prior to the wedding to send out invites for destination wedding or out of town guests.

Q:Do you offer etiquette advice and guidance, such as invitation writing to clients or estimating the amount of invitations a bride should order?
A:I certainly do. But I do typically give clients a few extra invites just in case.

Q:To avoid errors, do you send a sample proof to your clients before the order is placed?
A:I will always send soft copy and hard copy proofs for client signed approvals before printing the job.

Q:Since you are located in California, do you offer your services nationwide?
A:Yes, I do offer my services nationwide. Its funny actually, I get a lot more clients out of state and I think that’s just because it makes their invites extra special knowing they are coming somewhere else. It also gives them something to be excited about. It’s like shopping online, you’re always looking forward to receiving that special package.

Q:Besides invitations, do you design other stationary such as menu cards, place cards, etc?
A:I design anything paper or graphic related. So menus, programs, place cards, table cards, thank you cards are all included.

Q:What is the most rewarding experience about providing your services to your clients?
A:It’s always awesome to hear back from clients saying how many compliments they got on their invites. Overall it’s rewarding just being able to be part of such a special time in someone’s life and knowing that I can give their guest a lasting first impression when they receive their invites.

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