The Q: "We are getting a package through our reception site where there is an ice sculpture included. I'm not too crazy about ice sculpture and have seen maybe one that I've liked. Can you recommend any ice sculptors with classy and sophisticated examples that I can use for inspiration?" - Marissa
The A: Ice sculptures often conjure up images of kissing swans and hearts, but in actuality, they can be real showstoppers. I'm sort of a fan of Ice, particularly some of the cooler, simpler things that can be done with it. I love working with Ice Fantasies here in New York- Joe, who owns the place, is really inventive about what kinds of cool stuff can be done. All of the images on the site here were done by Joe and his team over in DUMBO.
For a situation like what yours, where you get one sculpture, consider using it at a centerpiece of your cocktail room or entry way. They make great focal points for escort card tables. Ice Vases can be used to make a simple floral arrangement REALLY stand out.
If you have a more modern aesthetic, you should see if they can SUBMERGE items inside BLOCKS of ice. That effect is cool for your guests, simple and quite chic. I like graphic flowers such as callas or tulips, but Roses work for a more romantic aesthetic too.
I also thought that this was cool, and definitely not what's expected when you hear ice sculpture.
If you want to do something more ornate, try and have it replicate something that is of meaning to you guys, instead of just something that comes with a package. At our wedding we had a Brooklyn Bridge made out of ice and then we used mini taxi cabs that were placed around it as our escort cards. It was the talk of the wedding.