Slideshow – I'm Stumped

posted 2 years ago in Reception
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Fmjxn:  Are you having a cocktail hour or anything? If so, you could play it during cocktail hour and folks could watch it if they wished. If you play it during dinner, it may squelch dinner conversation which, IMO, is a fate worse than death (dramatically speaking of course)!!!!!

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I think you could play it on the wall at your reception and the people who don’t want to pay attention won’t. As long as there’s not a huge pause where all there is to do is watch the slideshow, or the slideshow isn’t the absolute focal point of the room, then people can just not pay attention. There were always slide shows playing at awards things when I was in high school, and most of the time no one watched.

If that just really turns you off, you could create a slideshow on a website and have a QR code that links to it. Then guests who want to see your slideshow can just scan the QR code with their phone and watch if they want to?

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Fmjxn:  I like that you are considering the fact that not all of your guests will go gaga for your pics. Sounds like a good idea to play it before dinner starts as people are coming in or like you and PP suggested, put it somewhere it won’t be the main focus.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Friend of mine loaded a bunch of photos into a digital frame and placed it near the guest book. Just an alternate idea.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

You can get a laptop chain so nobody walks off it.  I think this would be the easiest, lowest-stress option and you could even return it to Best Buy when you’re done (please don’t harangue me about how I’m going to straight to hell for that, lol).  

Or you can buy/borrow a small tv that has a USB port and run the slideshow from a USB stick (I doubt anyone will try to steal a tv).  Or maybe one of your friends has a projector so you can play it on a wall?  

Have you contacted your venue to see if they can provide A/V equipment?

Post # 9
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Busy bee

Most tvs have usb or sd card inputs, you could take a mediumish one along with all the photos on a jump drive/memory card and the tv will play it as a slide show?

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

The best way I’ve seen a slideshow done is to have it playing before the ceremony. It was just on a loop for about 45 minutes before the ceremony started, and people watched it as they arrived. I normally hate slideshows, but I loved it this way because it that’s the one time during a wedding that I am typically looking for something to occupy me.

ETA: I guess I should add that they had their ceremony in a church with one of those roll-down projector screens, so it was really easy for them to do it this way.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 4 months ago by  mcp8011.
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