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Ice Sculpture or Chocolate Fountain Cost


How Much Does an Ice Sculpture or Chocolate Fountain Cost?

 
low costSculptures: $45-$300average costSculptures: $1,000 +
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  Typical costs:
  • Ice sculptures can cost anywhere from $45 for a small tabletop vase to $300 for a standard 36-inch design, such as lovebirds, a heart or a swan, and up to $1,000 or more for large elaborate designs such as a block bar or table. For a very elaborate custom design from an accomplished sculptor, the price may go as high as $4,500.
  • Rental of a chocolate fountain usually costs about $100 for a semi-service home-sized fountain for up to 50 guests, $300 for a full-service medium-sized fountain for100 guests and $400 for a full-service large fountain for 200 guests.
  • Rental of a frozen drink machine, which can be used for margaritas, daiquiris and pina coladas, usually costs between $135 and $200.
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What should be included:
  • For ice sculptures, the sculptor generally will coordinate with the caterer or venue to arrange delivery of the sculpture, which is transported in a freezer trailer. After the event, staff will pick up any remaining items, such as presentation bases and drainage containers. For examples, look at the The National Ice Carving Association[1] photo gallery of wedding ice sculptures.
  • For full-service chocolate fountains, the chocolate, skewers, set-up, service of an attendant and cleaning are usually included.
  • For frozen drink machines, some mix is usually included, but extra might need to be purchased, depending on the number of guests.
Additional costs:
  • For ice sculptures, colored lighting and special effects such as fog or lasers can cost hundreds of dollars.
  • For chocolate fountains, dipping items such as pretzels, strawberries, biscotti, marshmallows and dried fruits usually are not supplied. These can cost from $1 to $3 extra per person, supplied by the caterer.
  • For ice sculptures, chocolate fountains and frozen drink machines, mileage might be charged for delivery and pick-up, depending on the distance.
Discounts:
  • Some ice sculptors will give a discount in exchange for mention of their name on the wedding program or for being allowed to place a sign near the sculpture.
Shopping for an ice sculpture or chocolate fountain:
  • For ice sculptures, a deposit of $75 or more is sometimes required to reserve the date. And many sculptors require full payment before they begin carving.
  • To find a talented ice sculptor, check with your caterer. Also, the National Ice Carving Association[2] offers a state-by-state list of members.
  • Many caterers will handle rentals of chocolate fountains and frozen drink machines. If you wish to arrange it yourself, the American Rental Association[3] offers a search-by-city feature for both chocolate fountains and frozen drink machines.
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