Some wedding silhouettes

Weddings & silhouettes: made for Each Other

SILHOUETTES and weddings seem made for each other. There is something about the romance and nostalgia of silhouettes which just works at a wedding. Charles will cut many of your guests as couples, gazing into each other’s eyes (or sometimes back to back… ) Happy couples can have their own silhouettes cut in full length, mounted together on a card and displayed for all to see during the wedding breakfast. 

Wedding silhouettes

Full-length wedding silhouettes of a bride and groom, cut freehand by Charles during the reception then left on display for the reminder of the day.

“This man is a genius! Everyone loved him at our wedding! Thank you so much for everything!!!

Will K.

CUTTING A BRIDE’S SILHOUETTE on her wedding day is always a heart-stopping moment.

There she is, on her big day, surrounded by her closest family and friends. What could possibly go wrong?

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Wedding silhouettes: what Charles will do

A double silhouette held aloft

A face-to-face double silhouette, cut during a reception at Caswell House

Charles usually begins cutting silhouettes of the guests during the reception, later continuing around the tables during the wedding breakfast. His silhouette cuttings will provide a buzz of interest and an opportunity for members of both families (who may not have met before) to get to know each other.

While the photographer is posing you all for a series of formal shots Charles will continue working with other guests. Before long many of the guests will be coming up to you saying:

“Look what I’ve had done!”

Do make time t get your own silhouettes cut out! The best time is usually as the guests are taking their seats for the meal, shortly before you make your entrance. Charles will cut a pair of full-length silhouettes, there and then, so they can be displayed during the meal. These will be an interesting talking point for the remainder of the day.

During the meal tCharles will work around the tables to see who else would like a silhouette cut. Whether or not all the guests take one home does depend on numbers (although for larger events you can always book Michael as well.)

Evening parties

Another option is to book a silhouettist for the evening party, as you may have extra guests arriving after the meal. Michael prefers working this way

There are a range of extras which works particularly well at weddings. Details are on the Branding page.

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“We secured Charles’s services late on in planning our wedding and we are so pleased we did. Charles worked the room well for almost 100 guests, creating his incredible silhouettes and dazzling everyone with his skill. The proof of the final print with all of our guests on was provided quickly afterwards and Charles was even able to add our baby nephew who was too wriggly on the day. Highly recommend!”

Jon H.

Silhouette Art Prints

A2 print on easel

One of our art wedding prints, framed and on an easel

Our art wedding prints are the most popular extra we offer for weddings. They include all the silhouettes cut by Charles or Michael on the day.

A natural by-product of cutting a silhouette is the white off-cut, or negative copy. Traditionally, these are kept by silhouettists in much the same way that photographers keep their negatives. We scan and arrange these to create a visual, silhouette record of all your guests. You’ll have a lot of fun picking out familiar faces and working out who is who!

Prints can be made of any event, but they are particularly popular for weddings. They are available in either A2 or A3 sizes. You will receive a set of prints in an edition of three (one for yourselves and a copy each for your parents) signed by the artist and ready to frame.

Most people order them beforehand, but they can be ordered after the event. Charles keeps the negative silhouettes as a matter of course. If you booked him for an event years ago and would love a print of the event, do get in touch.

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Wedding cake silhouettes

We’ve noticed a number of couples adding their silhouettes to the wedding cakes. What a great idea to have your own profiles on the cake, rather than generic silhouettes!  Charles can easily make these for you, when you meet him to discuss the wedding, using a video-link service such as Skype or FaceTime.

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Peter and Charlotte

An artist’s print, made by scanning the white off cuts kept by Charles at a wedding. Many of the guests have been cut as face-to-face couples.

The bride's silhouette

Charles will always make time to cut a full-length silhouette of the bride at the event (photo Sabina Kinghorn)

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Bride and groom with sword and question mark