Post # 1
We were planning on showing a slideshow at our wedding including 3 songs. One of me growing up, my fiance and one showing pics of us together. We planned on showing this on a big screen during the reception. It would probably take 12-13 minutes. Is this okay to do, or do the guests get bored etc. like I was told they do? I see nothing wrong w/ it, but am worried as I don’t want guests to be irritated or bored etc. If you are doing slideshows, how are you doing it? I guess the other option would be to let it roll outside on a laptop? But I liked the idea of all of us watching together. Please let me know what you think!!Thanks:)
Post # 3
My gut feeling is to go with it but don’t make guests feel obligated to watch–that’s the best way to avoid boredom or irritation.
Post # 4
I am a fan of the constant loop slideshows at weddings but you can do whatever you would like!
But my suggestion is that 13 minutes is quite long! I would probably try and keep it down to 8min if you are going to make it a part of the reception!
Post # 5
I think 12 minutes is very long if you’re expecting everyone to sit and watch the whole thing as part of the reception. If it will be on loop all night for people to watch at their leisure then I think it’s fine.
Post # 6
I like to see slideshows at weddings (even though I know some people don’t like it), because I do think it’s cute, but I agree that 13 minutes is a bit long. Maybe you can do 2 songs, 1 song for both of you growing up and 1 song for you together…sticking to approximately 7-8 minutes. Or even better the looping slideshow, like @Future Mrs. Martin suggested.
Post # 7
Yeah, either have it looping in the background if it’s so long (I wouldn’t want to watch for 13 minutes straight!), or shorten it. Consider doing part of three different songs – a lot of songs have very natural breaks where you can fade out/into the next song.
Post # 8
If it’s not too distracting, I’d say have it loop in the background with the music relatively quiet. I went to a wedding with a 15 minute slideshow where the music nearly blasted out my eardrums and the wedding party had to stand up to watch – thus blocking my whole table’s view of the entire slideshow. It was a really miserable 15 minutes.
Post # 9
I wouldn’t make everyone watch a slideshow, but I would have it looping over somewhere so people can have a look at it when they want.
Post # 10
Agree with PPs. Shorten or loop it, and I think it’ll be great.
Post # 11
We’re a slideshow (it’ll be one the screensaver on the computer screen where most can see it) of our wedding, as we’re running away in the morning to get married so my photographer thought it would be a nice idea to quickly rush home after the ceremony and couple shots are done and do some quick edits and do a CD slideshow so that we can have that playing during our BBQ Dinner after we announce that we got married. No one will be made to watch, it’ll just be on the screen. Our music is being played off the computer so thats why i’ll put the pictures on screensaver
Post # 12
just keep in mind that if the slideshow is going to be behind the high table that its gonna be hard for the bridal party to see the slideshow.. slideshows can be cute but only executed properly
Post # 13
I think 12 – 13 minutes is really long for people to sit and watch. Think of a too-long toast/speech – it gets bad even when it’s good. I’ve seen it done where it was just continually running during the reception (without the accompanying music, of course) and also where they had it set up in a different room for people to watch at their leisure. Both were really nice.
Post # 14
Okay…Well thank you ladies! I guess I’ll have to figure out a plan B- BUMMER!
Post # 15
We’re playing ours during our first dance + dances with our parents. Double bonus that FI is shy and doesn’t want too much attention on us while dancing. 😉 Maybe think about doing something like that if the logistics allow?
Post # 16
Maybe you could just do it at the rehearsal dinner? We had thought about having one at our wedding but my parents complained so much about that idea. So we did it at the rehearsal dinner instead and I think people liked it. It was a cute video. Ours was 6 minutes long.