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Why You Should Have a Live Painter at Your Wedding

Updated: Apr 14

Live paintings are a new wedding trend we are seeing in the Lowcountry and we can’t get enough! When it comes to your wedding day, every detail is taken into consideration to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for your partner and yourself. Art is incredibly personal and was one of the first ever ways to preserve memories. A painting of your special moment brings many benefits, keep reading to learn why!


Live Wedding Painter at Lowndes Grove in Charleston, South Carolina

Paintings are a great way to remember your special day. Whether you are choosing to capture your first dance or the ceremony, meeting with your artist beforehand is essential to figuring out exactly what you want out of your painting. Looking through your artist’s past work will give you an idea of the type of work they offer. For a realistic look, the style of realism would be what you’d look for. If you want to focus more on the couple and less on the guests in the background, an impressionism style could be right for you. For a more broad take on the atmosphere, try abstractionism. Keep in mind that many artists dable in multiple styles so be open to expressing exactly what you want if you are having a consultation with your artist. Choosing the right style will give you a lifelong piece of artwork that you will be able to cherish with your partner.


Live Wedding Painter at the William Aiken House in Charleston, South Carolina

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and that is exactly why your painting will speak for itself! Having your wedding painting on display will spark up conversation with anyone who sees it. For a more detailed look, it helps for the artist to have access to the venue beforehand so that they are able to begin painting the main elements of the background. Including your event planner early on can make a major impact on the day-of contact. Your planner and artist can work together to get to the venue when needed and to also figure out any potential weather setbacks if it is an outdoor event.


Live Wedding Painter at Lowndes Grove in Charleston, South Carolina

One of the best parts of having a live painter at your wedding is the suspense you have waiting for the finished result! Since it can be a challenge for artists to finish during the event itself, many will get in the main portions and then fill in the smaller details later on. Due to the many styles of art, make sure your artist knows which areas of your venue you want highlighted, whether you want any of your guests in the photo, or if you would rather create a spotlight moment (pictured above).


We hope this inspires you to get your special moment painted! Check out these local wedding artists for some more inspiration: Meredith Piper, Stephen Popadich, Kate Scrivner, Wed on Canvas, and Chloe Strickland.

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