Wedding receptions are events that make fond, long-lasting memories. The last thing you want is an ice sculptor centerpiece melting or collapsing with the possibility of ruining the entire event. Placing an ice sculpture outside on a warm day or in conditions where heat is high may cause the piece to melt within a few hours. Preventing an ice sculpture from melting at a wedding reception must take precedence in event planning to ensure a memorable day.
Use clear ice for wedding ice sculptures; avoid colored options. Clear ice sculptures better reflect natural light, giving off a glowing white (or iridescent) quality that fits with a traditional wedding. Colored ice does not allow light to pass through as easily -- thus absorbing it and expediting the melting process.
Situate the ice sculpture in a temperature-controlled room. Maintain a temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit or lower for a 300-pound sculpture. A 300-pound sculpture is the standard weight of a two-block sculpture. Avoid positioning the sculpture outdoors in direct sunlight -- especially during warm and balmy months.
Place the sculpture in a part of the room where temperatures are coolest. Keep the sculpture in the shade and away from windows -- or the intense heat of stage lights. Position the sculpture near a functioning central air conditioner vent or a portable cooling device for added chill.
Make the sculpture bigger and thicker by using more ice to increase the overall weight. While a 300-pound sculpture has an average life span of six hours in a temperature controlled room, increasing the weight will extend the life of the object -- especially if it must sit out for an extended period of time prior to the arrival of wedding party members and guests.
Jeffery Keilholtz began writing in 2002. He has worked professionally in the humanities and social sciences and is an expert in dramatic arts and professional politics. Keilholtz is published in publications such as Raw Story and Z-Magazine, and also pens political commentary under a pseudonym, Maryann Mann. He holds a dual Associate of Arts in psychology and sociology from Frederick Community College.