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THE TRUE COST OF CHEAP ICE SCULPTURES

THE TRUE COST OF CHEAP ICE SCULPTURES

A quality ice sculpture is a brilliant way to wow your guests and keep them talking about your event for months to come.

But not all ice sculptures are created equal and a poor quality piece can set the wrong image for your company or worse, be a complete embarrassment.

These 5 questions will help you to choose a quality supplier for your next ice sculpture.

IS IT A LIKE FOR LIKE QUOTE?

One of the most common mistakes we see people make when they look at a cheaper alternative, is that they fail to notice that it’s not a like for like quote. When an ice sculptor is undercutting the market, you have to ask where they are cutting corners in order to cut the cost?  It could be that the sculpture they are offering is smaller, or that there is a slight adaptation to the design that will make it quicker to sculpt. Just be sure that you truly know what it is you are being quoted for, or you could end up disappointed on the day.

DO THEY HAVE A PROVEN TRACK RECORD?

Whether you’re running an event, planning a wedding or using ice for a PR stunt, you need to be sure that your chosen sculptor will show up and deliver what they promise on the day! Choose a supplier that has a proven track record in business. Ask them how long they’ve been in the industry? Do they have any big named clients? Do their clients keep coming back to them? Working with ice is hard. An experienced sculptor will be able to advise you on what is possible and will work with you to deliver an excellent sculpture that’s ideal for your event.

CAN YOU SEE EXAMPLES OF THEIR PREVIOUS WORK?

A great ice sculpting company will want to show off their work. They’ll have a huge back catalogue of sculptures they have done for their clients and will be happy to show it to you. Look for variety in their portfolio. They may be excellent at table centrepieces, but that doesn’t mean they can pull off a luge! You only get one chance to get your event right so be sure to choose a sculptor you’re sure can deliver your brief.

CAN YOU SEE ANY IMPARTIAL REVIEWS?

Reviews are the best way to tell if a company is able to deliver on their promises, but how can you tell if the reviews are genuine? Most companies will have case studies and testimonials on their website, but the best place to look for impartial feedback is Google or Facebook. Check out their Google Maps listing and their company Facebook page. The reviews there are more likely to be genuine, as the reviewer has to have an account and be signed in to leave one.

DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE EVERYTHING YOU NEED?

Finally, be sure that the price you are given is the total price you will pay. Ask if there are any extras that will be required? Does the price include the stands, lighting, delivery and even VAT? You don’t want to get stung with a surprise bill that pushes you over your budget!

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Our ‘Your Questions Answered’ page has everything you need to know or you can view this article and more in the January 2019 issue of the PSD Ice Art monthly newsletter ‘Ice & A Slice’ here >

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