Are you looking for a stunning centre piece for your Wedding evening party?
Have you ever considered an Ice Sculpture?
I photographed a beautiful winter wedding where the happy couple had a set of ice swans as their centre piece. It looked beautiful and certainly got the guests talking.
I have the pleasure today of being able to interview a professional Ice Sculptor who offers such an amazing service that you might want to add this to your Wedding wish list.
I asked Alan Barlow from Ice Creations Ltd if he would be willing to share some details about his business.
Q – Hi Alan, thank you for taking the time to contribute to my blog. The first question I have is how long has Ice Creations Ltd been trading?
A – Ice Creations became a limited company in 2004, however we have been trading since 1998.
Q – What other types of events do you cater for apart from Weddings?
A – Apart from Weddings we also cater for Birthday parties, Corporate launches and Exhibitions. We also attend Live Ice Carving events, we are continuously entering International competitions.
Q – What area of the UK does Ice Creations Ltd cover?
A – Ice Creations Ltd covers the whole of the UK as well as Ireland.
Q – What sets Ice Creations Ltd apart from others in your industry?
A – The main things that set us apart from our competition is firstly the Ice Creations Ltd Team, we also have two Robot CNC machines, as well as our ability to make 6 tonnes of ice per week.
Q – Are there any qualifications you need to undertake to be part of your carving team?
A – No, there are no qualifications within the industry.
Q – Have you or your team, ever won any awards for your ice sculptures?
A – We have been named the Winners of the Tatry Icemaster in Slovakia, in both 2015 and 2018.
Q – How could a couple benefit from an Ice Sculpture at their wedding?
A – An Ice Sculpture is a massive talking point, and it allows the couple to bring strangers together, it truly does break the ice!
Q – Do you ever get asked for some really off the wall designs, and if so, what is the most memorable design you have commissioned?
A – I would say that the most memorable sculptures we’ve ever built include, a vibrator for Anne Summers, a watch for Rolex, a car for Porsche, and we carved 80 tonnes of ice in 10 days for Cousins Ice Rinks.
Q – What are the top 3 designs you are asked to commission for a wedding?
A – The top 3 designs we get asked to make would be, Hearts, The Bride & Grooms Initials and Swans.
Q – How far in advance of the wedding day do you normally get enquiries from potential clients?
A – I would say it works out around four weeks as an average.
Q – What does the client do with the sculpture at the end of the night?
A – Generally the couple would throw it away, although we have heard of one couple, who used it to ride it across the dance floor.
Q – How does the booking process work?
A – We ask all our clients to complete an emailed Order Form, which includes all the details we need for the event (including customer details, venue details and times, requirements for the ice sculpture, and any extras needed).
Q – How key are testimonials/referrals to your business?
A – I do believe that testimonials and referrals are one part of a trust process although there are many more, but they are important.
Q – Do you offer a contract, or how does this work once you have taken a client on?
A – At Ice Creations Ltd we allow cancellations up to the point where we have started the carving.
Q – If you had one piece of advice to give to a client what would it be?
A – It would have to be to use a dark background, there’s a reason that Diamonds are displayed on Blue or Black.
I hope that the knowledge shared by Alan will give you some sound advice on what to expect from your Ice Sculptor.
I have published Alan’s business details below, should you wish to contact him. I have also put together a short video on my YouTube channel showcasing some of his work. Please click here to watch the video.
Ice Creations Ltd
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