FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW LONG WILL MY CARVING LAST?
At Nadeau’s, we create our sculptures to have a minimum “showlife” of 6 to 8 hours (usually much longer). This means at room temperature, it will take approximately that long for the detail to melt away. It would take almost 2 days for the carving to completely melt down and disappear.
WHERE SHOULD MY ICE SCULPTURES BE PLACED?
It is mostly a matter of personal preference but it is recommended that you consult with the facility where your function is being held. A few popular locations are in the foyer, on a sweet table, in the center of the room, etc. The ice sculpture should be displayed on a standard, skirted banquet table. Also, please do not attempt to have the ice sculpture moved during the party, so plan ahead and place it somewhere that it can be enjoyed all evening.
WHAT ARE THE MOST POPULAR SIZES AND HOW MUCH DO THEY WEIGH?
Ice sculptures come in a variety of sizes, however the most popular are FULL BLOCK and HALF BLOCK. A full block measures 40″ x 20″ and weigh approximately 200 pounds and half blocks are 24″ x 20″ weighing approximately 100 pounds. However, sizes can vary based on the carving design. Larger sizes are also available and are very popular for that extra special touch.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COMPLETE PACKAGE OF AN ICE SCULPTURE?
You will receive a pedestal tray with a hose, a bucket for the water to drain into, and battery powered LED lighting (no extension cords to run!). Colored lights are available for an additional cost. Fresh greenery or mylar (colored tinsel) will be supplied to accent the base. We also provide timed delivery and set up at your party site to most anywhere in the Chicagoland area and suburbs. Some delivery time/zone/holiday restrictions may apply.
WHAT ARE INDIVIDUAL TABLE CENTERPIECES?
Table Centerpieces are a wonderful alternative for your tables. Every guest can feel like they have their very own ice sculpture! You can choose from several popular designs, or create a style all your own. Each centerpiece is double sided and is placed on a self-contained, lighted tray for water retention. For tradition, we also offer a variety of style of Ice Vases suitable for your favorite fresh flower arrangement or a bottle of wine or champagne.
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE DO I NEED TO ORDER AND PAY FOR MY ICE SCULPTURE?
You may place your order for your sculpture at any time that is convenient for you; however, popular dates fill up quickly, so it is important to think ahead. We accept major credit cards and cash, or you can use a personal check one month prior to your event.
HOW AND WHO SHOULD I ORDER MY ICE SCULPTURE WITH?
We recommend that you first check with your facility to find out what their preference is. You are more than welcome to order through us, however, if you choose to order directly through your planner, you are still welcome to work directly with us on your design. Either way, you will still get the very best from Nadeau’s.
HOW DO I CHOOSE MY ICE CARVING DESIGN?
Although not necessary, we recommend that you visit our studio where you can see actual sculptures being created and walk in our unique ice gallery. We also have several books for you to browse through and our knowledgeable staff will help you to choose the perfect sculpture for your event. If you have a custom design, you should plan on bringing it with you at that time. However, if time is short and you still have a million things to do, we will be glad to help you over the phone, fax and e-mail.
WHAT ABOUT PRICES?
There are a lot of variables when considering an ice sculpture, so costs vary widely depending on size, level of customization and many other factors. Basic sculptures are VERY affordable. For large custom pieces, the sky’s the limit! We can give you a very good estimate on just about any sculpture. Call us for pricing information at 708-366-3333.