Slideshows! How long? How many pictures?

posted 3 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How long for slideshow or How many photos?
    2 minutes....2 minutes.... 4 minutes : (3 votes)
    11 %
    3 minutes....3 minutes...5 minutes : (1 votes)
    4 %
    20 photos.... 20 photos... 40 photos : (0 votes)
    15 photos..... 15 photos....30 photos : (0 votes)
    10 photos.... 10 photos ... 20 photos : (2 votes)
    7 %
    40 photos.... 40 photos.... 50 photos : (1 votes)
    4 %
    25 photos.... 25 photos... 25 photos : (1 votes)
    4 %
    None! I hate slide shows! : (11 votes)
    41 %
    Let me be super helpful and tell you what I did! Because that was the question! : (2 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    6026 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    9 minutes of slide shows is too long. It will feel like ages to most folks. Remember that most folks didn’t know you at every stage of your life, and it’s very difficult to enjoy someone else’a nostalgia for more than a very short while. I would aim for 4-5 minutes and budget 45 seconds per slide. 

    No one has ever left a wedding thinking “wow, I sure wish they’d have shown MORE slides!”

     

    Post # 4
    Member
    6964 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @HourThyme:  unless it is just playing in the background somewhere nine minutes is too long! Sit and stare at the clock while you eat for nine minutes. I would do one minute on each section. Five seconds per picture should be fine which is already SIXTY pictures total. That’s a lot of staring at people who are in the room!!

    Post # 5
    Member
    6964 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @Horseradish:  45 per slide?? Why would they need that much time to look at one picture?

    Post # 6
    Member
    6026 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @MexiPino:  because people get to talking, and it’s better to budget too much time than not enough.

    Post # 7
    Member
    7654 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @HourThyme:  I am apparently odd man  out, and I say that it isn’t too long becuase it will take your guests about how long to get dessert, sit down and eat it? I am not sure long we gave for dessert because I wasn’t there.

    I would include more pics of the two of you and less of childhood, but other than that I think it is acceptable. If you have music to it I would ensure it is low in case people do want to converse and watch.

    Post # 8
    Member
    6964 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @Horseradish:  I guess I’m not picturing it correctly. OP said it was “during dessert so people have something to eat while they watch” so I’m imagining I’m sitting there in at least semi-dark with a plate of cake staring at a screen. 45 seconds would feel like an ETERNITY and I wouldn’t want to be rude & talk during what feels like a “show”. If it were just in the background during the whole dinner or playing near the gifts or something where I wasn’t “supposed to” watch it at a particular time, I would expect each picture to take longer. 

    Post # 11
    Member
    1721 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I went to a cousins wedding and they had the loooooooooongest slideshow ever.  They had been together for 9 years and basically showed us the whole 9 years in pictures. Its way too long.  Although it’s hard to narrow down, I think 4 minutes is pleny…all your guests love you, but they don’t want to sit and watch 20 min of pictures. I think after the first few minutes, people lose interest and you don’t want that.

    Post # 12
    Member
    7197 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I love slideshows, but I think 9 minutes is bit too long. I think you want to aim for about 5 minutes’ total, about the length of a good speech. And I’ve never sat there and timed it during a slideshow, but I think 5-10 seconds per slide.

    I like the childhood (and growing up) photos more. There can only be so many lovey-dovey photos of the couple. (And besides, the couple is there at the wedding). I think if anything have more of childhoods and less of the couple.

    Post # 15
    Member
    351 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    My Mom made a 5 – 6 minute slideshow that we played at the rehearsal dinner. It was the perfect venue for it, with just our family and closest friends there. She tried to include pictures of us taken with our guests, too, so they felt included. Like photos of family members holding us when we were babies, and of me and my maid of honor 15 years ago when we were in high school. It was pretty awesome.

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