Are Slideshows Overdone?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: are slideshows overdone/a thing of the past?
    Yes : (37 votes)
    61 %
    No : (22 votes)
    36 %
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    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    My in-laws wanted to do a slide-show but I was against it. Slideshows remind me of funerals, and I always expect “In The Arms Of An Angel” by Sarah McLaughlin to start playing.

    But, to each their own. I very much do not like them.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We are doing one at our rehearsal dinner only. I like them! (but I hate sitting through them at the actual weddings, for some reason!)

    Edit: that wasn’t entirely true. We won a free “tv set up” from the DJ that will be near the DJ booth where we can have pictures running t/o the reception. It will not be a formal “slideshow” but just a continuous running of pictures. We are trying to get pictures of everybody that will be at the wedding so people can see themselves on the screen!

     

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @MsGinkgo:  we are doing that too! Sorry I forgot to include it in my original post… just edited it!

    Post # 8
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    I’ve actually never been to a wedding that had a slideshow! Haha I think it could be cute. 

    Post # 9
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @MsGinkgo:  if you’re not “forcing” your guests to watch it at any particular time of the evening and it makes you happy to do it, then go for it. Just as long as its not a “mandatory sit here and watch” type thing, in my opinion. 

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Savannah, GA

    I was thinking about having one in the background when we do our father/daughter and mother/son dances.

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I’ve seen them more at memorials than weddings too. 

    The only wedding I saw one was at my ex’s brother’s wedding (rich families).  I thought it was obnoxious…1. who has so many freaking pics of themselves and 2.how many flippin ski trips can one go on before they’re 25??  Lol.

    But your plan sounds quite enjoyable, I like having background stuff going on.  It goes over well for an introvert like me:)

    Post # 12
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I don’t like them as mandatory sit here and watch type things, but your idea sounds good. We have a similar setup at our venue – there are TVs all over like a lounge, which we can use. I’m undecided though. 

    Post # 13
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    @MsGinkgo:  Your idea sounds fine… I just had to sit through a wedding where all they did was play their slideshow and it was soundtracked by two songs, American girl and there goes my life(worst wedding song ever btw). She got knocked up young and apparently thought that was a great song to outline their life. 

    Post # 14
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    Bee Keeper

    I think you don’t need to project any image of any kind above the bar. Sometimes less is more.

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I think looping it could make people think “oh god, when is it gonna stop?”. I dunno.

    I think they’re overdone, but i still find them cute, all the baby pictures and stuff.

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    If you use one at all, definitely have it in the background and without music synced to it. 

    I attended one wedding where the maid of honor put together a slideshow of the couple, synced to music, that was FIVE SONGS in duration. Do the math, each song approximately 3 minutes at least, meaning the slideshow was well over 15 minutes long. It was ALL pictures of just the couple together (I’m assuming every.single.photo of them since they started dating, lol). It was soooo hard to watch for that long, and frankly really awkward.

    If it runs in the background, silently, and no one is forced to watch it, sure.

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