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On Hitched.co.uk since 2020

Last update: February 2024

The bespoke painted guest canvas - supported by a professional artist.

Run by contemporary painter Emma J Read, and supported by her small team of trusted artists.

Get a gorgeous meaningful statement canvas for your home that everyone you love has contributed towards.


"Our guests loved it! Everyone commented on what a great idea it was- no one had seen it at a wedding before! It was so nice to have something different at our wedding."

CREATIVE, FUN, CONVERSATIONAL, SENTIMENTAL AND TOTALLY UNIQUE

Discover the UNIQUE live painting services offered by Make Your Mark Events, based in Surrey and ready to add a touch of unique entertainment to your wedding day. Renowned artist and owner, Emma J Read, is passionate about crafting personal pieces that beautifully capture her clients' milestone celebrations.

You and your guests are invited to join Emma in the creation of a bespoke artwork, ensuring a cherished keepsake for a lifetime. Your Guest Canvas fosters a fun and interactive atmosphere where guests of all ages and abilities can contribute. Emma's expertise guides the process, whether you're channeling your inner Van Gogh or just adding splashes of color.

After the collaborative magic, Emma takes the canvas to her studio, adding final touches before delivering it back to you. This bespoke piece of fine art, created by those you cherish, becomes a unique highlight of your wedding day.

With three different packages catering to various event sizes, Your Guest Canvas ensures a personalized touch. Each canvas is uniquely designed based on your preferences, discovered through a personal consultation discussing your style and inspiration ideas.

Consider this extraordinary experience not just for yourself but also as a meaningful wedding gift. Make Your Mark Events brings art and celebration together, creating a lasting masterpiece from your special day.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

Type of entertainment offered:

For children
For adults
Other

What is included in the wedding package?

I have 3 different packages for different experiences and budgets. From an experience led package to full framing and photobook

How far in advance should I contact you?

Ideally a minimum of 4-6 months, however as long as we can can get the design agreed I'm happy to take bookings at very short notice so it can be weeks. Equally I take bookings 2 years in advance

What other services to you provide?

Other

Are you able to travel?

Yes, commonly South UK, though happy to travel further

Is there a charge for travelling?

Yes, based on a bespoke quote

Do you need specific materials or conditions to offer your service?

No

How long is the act?

Between 2 - 6 hours generally. Most common time frame is 3-4 hours though and that is enough time

How much time do you need to prepare for an act?

I like to arrive at the venue 1 hour before the event ideally

Do you work alone or do you have a team of professionals?

With a team

Do you do open-air acts?

Yes

Do you charge per hour or per event?

Per event

If needed, would you be able to work extra hours?

Yes

How do you charge extra time?

Depending on the package

What are the forms of payment?

Transfer via invoice
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Do you have any questions?

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100% Recommended by couples

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23 reviews
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Katie Y. Sent on 11/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

One of a Kind Experience

Several wedding attendees told me it's the coolest thing they've ever seen at a wedding. To have a beautiful painting, hand painted by all of our guests is way more special than any guest book that would collect dust on your shelf. They work with your style and wedding colors to come up with a design that fits not only your wedding aesthetic, but your lifestyle aesthetic too. Would highly recommend if you're looking for that one special, unique thing that guests will be talking about for ages.
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Mi Sent on 03/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

A memorable part of our special day

Emma did a fantastic job putting together our ideas for the canvas, and was clear and responsive from beginning to end. On our wedding day, she set everything up smoothly and helped all guests find their "panting confidence" with ease. Everyone was very very impressed with such a unique and interactive activity; people genuinely couldn't stop talking about it!! The final result is just absolutely stunning - we love it!! And we're so happy we chose to invest in creating something we get to keep and also very meaningful to us!
Megan
Megan S. Sent on 01/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Emma brought pure joy!

The experience with Make Your Mark Events was fantastic! Emma was so lovely throughout the whole process and she is a creative genius. Our guests loved getting stuck into painting on the day and I enjoy my wonderful unique piece of art everyday. I honestly can’t give enough praise! Thank you Emma, from Mr & Mrs Sylvester xx
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Chantelle B. Sent on 24/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wow, One of Our Best Memories from Our Day!

We first saw Emma at a wedding show and thought wow how unique is this! What a way to entertain your guests and have the most memorable painting to look at forever.
Meeting Emma for the first time you immediately felt like she had always been your friend and knew instantly knew we had made a great choice.
What can we say! Fabulous!!
Everyone loved it and thought it was such a great idea. Emma was on hand, whilst guests painted, so much fun was captured on camera by Emma and put in an amazing personalised photo album catching more memories that we would have missed. Also loved the Instagram feeds.
Even though we had seen the painting more or less finished at the end of the night, when Emma delivered it we were so pleased, with her artistic finishing touches.
It is in pride of place in our home where we walk past it dozens of times a day, trying to guess which guest painted which bit.
This was definitely one of our best moments of our wedding day
Thank you so much Emma xx
Katie
Katie C. Sent on 27/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Unique, Friendly, Professional, and a perfect keepsake

I could not recommend Emma and her 'Your Guest Canvas' service enough. It was a fantastic unique addition to our wedding that all our guests could not stop raving about! Emma was so friendly and took on all our requests for the canvas. She was so responsive throughout the whole process and super friendly.

We absolutely loved having her at our wedding, seeing our guests enjoying themselves painting, and now we have a very personal piece of our big day hanging on our wall.

I will definitely be booking Emma for an anniversary party in a few years, so we can get another beautiful piece of art, created by our loved ones.
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Rosie D. Sent on 05/02/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible!

After years of being in the wedding industry finding something new and interactive for your wedding guests is hard!
Once I found Emma it was all so easy! The experience and the finished product was just incredible and so personal! The best decision I made in regards to wedding suppliers - can not recommend enough!!
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Amy W. Sent on 10/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Unique Entertainment and Perfect Keepsake

I first saw Make Your Mark Events on the Hitched website while looking for interesting wedding entertainment. I really loved the idea of having such a unique activity at our wedding!

The canvas was such a talking point with our guests. It encouraged interaction and kept people entertained, and we received so many compliments on it. Even people who were hesitant at first turned into Bob Ross once the paintbrush was in their hand!

Better yet, we now have a completely personalised canvas which has been painted by all the important people in our lives to keep as a reminder of our day. How perfect is that?!

Since our wedding day we’ve had so many of our guests ask how the completed canvas looks, and I think everyone feels proud to have been a part of it.

The woman behind it all, Emma, is absolutely lovely and communication with her has been so easy from start to finish. She was happy to discuss our design ideas at length, and we were able to pour so much personality into it.

In terms of cost we opted for one of the more comprehensive packages, which even included lovely ‘thank you’ cards using the finished canvas image. There are various price points and options and Emma is flexible in creating bespoke packages.

100% recommend this for weddings or any other group events! Thank you 🎨🖌️
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Maisie B. Sent on 12/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic addition to our wedding day!

Not only have we ended up with a stunning piece of artwork for our wall, we had such a unique activity to do at our reception. We had amazing feedback from our guests and Emma was so lovely. The process was incredibly easy, Emma was always quick to respond and picking up the finished canvas was so simple.
We would recommend Emma to anyone, it is such a lovely addition to any event!
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Grace A. Sent on 01/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Unique wedding experience!

Emma was amazing to work with from the very beginning. She took the time to really listen to what we liked and designed a beautiful piece of art that represented both our story and the theme of our wedding. Our guests were pleasantly surprised and all loved taking part in the painting. We've just collected our canvas and we love it! ♥️ Highly recommend this unique addition on your special day.
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Katie W. Sent on 21/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A truly magical part of our day

Emma provided the most beautiful and professional experience for us and our guests on our wedding day. So many people remarked how they loved being part of the creative process and Emma designed a painting so specific and personal to us we will treasure it forever!
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Katy J. Sent on 09/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible painting design and experience for our guests!

Emma designed an amazing painting for our Wedding in June 2023 (based on some photos we provided and video calls with her about things we love to do) and was extremely professional, fun and so cooperative with our venue and other suppliers. We knew some of our guests would really like the idea and get stuck in, but we were surprised to find that absolutely all of our guests (over 100) were loving it, and were messaging us afterwards to find out how the final piece looked. The way Emma not only designs the template, but guides people with the painting, makes for an incredible end result. It's a really treasured item from our Wedding and we'd recommend Make Your Mark Events to anyone.

Thanks again Emma!
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Allana Sent on 28/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect memory of your wedding

'Make Your Mark Events' allowed us to have an something no one else had seen at a wedding before, making it an exciting experience for our guests. Whilst also allowing us to keep a personal painting which all our guests had contributed too. The outcome was first class, processional, high quality, and allows us to keep our 'guest book' on our wall for us to see every day instead of in a cupboard. Emma was brilliant at making our wish come to live, providing options and taking changes on board before hand and then and her and her team made the guest feel comfortable contributing. I would 100% recommend
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Sarah Sent on 23/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Sarah & Darren Coltsford Mill

We wanted something unique at our wedding for guest to do and we came across Make your mark events and fell in love with the idea.
From start to finish Emma was so easy to work with, we sent her out ideas and she sent through a few draft designs for us to pick.
On the day everyone got involved with the painting and we had so many comments of what a great idea it was and how unusual.
We couldn’t be happier with the finished canvas, and to know that all our guest helped paint it really is something special.
We have loved hearing from friends who painted which part. Thank you Emma!
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Mair T. Sent on 23/12/2022
5 out of 5 rating

An absolute joy to have at our wedding!!



My husband and I wanted a special something to add to our wedding day that was a bit ‘different’ and provided our guests with entertainment to get involved with throughout the day! From start to finish Emma and Make Your Mark Events did not disappoint!

We had great fun deciding what our piece of artwork should encompass and how to portray ourselves in something others were doing. Emma was fantastic at giving us advice, whilst allowing us the time and freedom to develop our idea.

On the day everything went incredibly smoothly and Emma was great at coming prepared and adapting to our wedding venue (it was pretty dark!). She did a wonderful job of encouraging our guests to get involved and ensuring the vision came to life! Our guests were so full of joy with the idea and couldn’t wait to have their turn and make their mark!

It really is such a special wedding ‘gift’ from all our guests! We have loved reminiscing with friends and family and figuring out who has painted what! A very special piece of art that we will treasure forever! Thank you so much Emma!
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George K. Sent on 30/11/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing unique wedding art

This was a fantastic part of our wedding, such a fun and unique idea, and we have a wonderful canvas on our wall that will forever remind us of our wedding day. Emma was great, she came up with some fantastic concept designs, and was really friendly and engaging with our guests. Would highly recommend!
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