Live Wedding Paintings Are The Newest Over-The-Top And Absurdly Expensive Wedding Trend

Live Wedding Paintings Are The Newest Over-The-Top And Absurdly Expensive Wedding Trend

Like any other female in a three-and-a-half year relationship, to say that I’m on top of current wedding trends would be a vast understatement. My Pinterest boards are on point, and I’ve been hiding my magazine subscription to The Knot for the last year and a half just in case my boyfriend realizes that I might actually be crazy before he puts a down payment on a ring at Yurman.

Since the time I’ve started planning my imaginary wedding a few years ago, trends have changed for the better – mason jars, burlap, and pastels are on their way out, and we’re seeing a return to the classic with long dresses and bouquets of peonies.

One of the trends that’s stayed in fashion for the last several years, however, has been the photo booth. Whether it’s a DIY-version for a low-key barn wedding or an actual photo booth rental for a more legitimate (read: expensive) affair, couples everywhere are obsessed with encouraging their guests to stand in line for ages to take a variety of photos with handlebar mustache props, presumably in the hopes that the half hour they spend on selfies is enough to keep them away from the open bar they’re financing for a little bit.

Now, however, Town and Country reports that the photo booths are finally going to die, as brides and grooms can now capture the memories of their guests with live wedding paintings. This is exactly what it sounds like – in addition to spending thousands on a photographer and videographer, couples are hiring an artist to paint the ceremony as it occurs. They’re essentially put on display as they spend the length of the ceremony and reception recreating the couple’s moment of choice, be it the nuptials, first dance, or cake cutting. This trend is bougie as hell, and since I live in terror of hosting a wedding tacky enough to be mocked in a group chat, I immediately fell in love.

It was only once I started to think about hiring a live painter for a wedding that may or may not happen within the next couple of years that I started to realize just how much more than artist’s fees a live painter entails. Once your guests show up and notice a wedding painter in the background, you’ve set the stage for the world’s most lavish affair, and you can’t disappoint. You’d better not have a cash bar, and even when selecting the beverages for your open bar, you’d better be going for $20/bottle wine and top shelf liquor, because if you’re serving Bud Light with a live painter in the room, you’re going to get laughed out of your own reception.

Your plated dinner will need to include steak AND seafood, and if you don’t have a string quartet and a DJ reserved for the length of your reception, you might as well go to the courthouse because your life as you know it will officially be over.

If your parents are still financing your wedding even though you haven’t received any other financial assistance from them in the last 10 years, go ahead and Facebook message your old art major friends and book your reception at the capital’s symphony center. However, if you’re dutifully putting away a portion of each week’s paycheck to finance the party in cash, it’s best to leave this one to the Vanderbilts of the world and reserve your photo booth – after all, your guests will be too drunk off of the affordable liquor you’ve provided to judge you, so if you’re looking to get married on a budget, this is the win-win scenario for you that doesn’t leave your retirement account in shambles. Sure, it’s not fancy, but neither are your friends, so you’re in the clear with Dollar Store props for your big day.

[via Town & Country]

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Steph W.

Steph W. is a new Master's degree graduate with an intern's salary and six-figure taste. She realizes her expectations far exceed reality, so she spends her days pinning away Loubs she pretends are in her physical closet instead of her virtual one. Her hobbies include attempting to trapping her boyfriend into marriage before he finds out how insane she is and pretending that Black Box wine tastes as good as the kind she could afford when she was gainfully employed. Send her tips for getting out of student debt at

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