Post # 1
My fiance and I have been putting together a little slideshow for our reception, just about 5 photos each from our childhoods, moving into our relationship together over the past 5 years, maybe about 6 minutes total. I was planning on playing it during cocktail hour at the reception.
I am wondering if it would be nice to play a short version of it before our ceremony. Start with just a couple growing up photos, followed by some of our best “together” photos, and then when it ends we would begin the wedding procession. It would play to “A thousand years” by Christina Perry. I am wondering if this would be cute, or like a graduation and strange? Our church was built with a projector screen behind the alter, so it wouldn’t be difficult to do if we decide to.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
I would save it for the reception. The ceremony is already all about you, and it feels a little over the top.
Post # 4
@MrsTVLover: I say leave it for the coktail hour so its not too repetitive.
Post # 5
I think that having it looping while people are arriving is kind of a cool idea.
Post # 6
I want to do the same. I figure those who arrive early may like a little entertainment. I’m assuming that if it’s playing during cocktail hour, no one is forced to sit there and watch, so if you saw it before the ceremony, you can ignore it if you choose but some people love to see the photos and will watch it more than once. I think that’s a great idea!
Post # 7
I thought it would be kind of a “recap” of the first chapter or our lives, and then lead into the ceremony procession, and the beginning of our next chapter 🙂
I don’t want it to come off as needing more focus or attention, just thought it might be kind of a cute way to recap our journey to where we are now. I planned on doing just a loop of about 100 photos during cocktail hour, the ceremony would be about 20-30 of them to that song. Thanks for the thoughts… I have gotten mixed review from friends I have asked opinions of.
Post # 8
I’ve seen people do it both ways. Either way works, as long as it’s not too long. I watched one that was like 20 minutes long once during a reception. Snoozeville
Post # 9
I would agree with saving it for the reception!
Post # 10
I don’t know why but seeing photos or videos at a church makes me think of a funeral. Maybe that’s just because I’ve never seen it done at a ceremony before?
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
How about this for an idea:
Create a canvas/frame with many pictures on it and have it propped on an easel during the ceremony. (Or use a chalkboard/window-frame and tape pictures onto it)
You can nail/glue a sign which says “Our Story Before We Become Mr. & Mrs.”.
This way, when guests walk in before the ceremony starts, they can take a sneak peak at the pictures of what you wanted to show case. You could include the songs you wanted to play as a prelude — before any of the entrances happen.
I think slideshows before or during the ceremony could be distracting…. Also, just before the ceremony starts is usually a great time for family members who haven’t seen each other in a very long time to catch up!
Post # 12
I personally think it could be too much with photos of the wedding couple everywhere. So I would not do both. We had a slideshow at our cocktail hour showing photos that the guest took at the cermony and at the cocktail hour. I perosnally think that is much more fun. We used the Photago app and when guest uploaded photos to our album the photos where immedietly shown on the slideshow. The guest thought it was great fun!