Post # 1
Early on in our wedding planning process FI and I wanted to do a mini slideshow. Problem is our venue does not have a screen for us to show it on. Does anybody know of a place in the Bay Area where we can rent both the screen and projector (if that’s what it’s called) I have a program on my comp where I could make the slide shows myself and add music. I haven’t played around with it much but I’m pretty sure I can then burn in on to a DVD.
Post # 3
I can’t answer the projector question, but I was going to say that if you do your own slideshow, make sure not to hang the pics up for too long…a few seconds each max. I think that’s a mistake a lot of people make and it ends up being 15-20 minutes of pictures which can be long for a guest.
Post # 4
Most venues should be able to supply projectors and screens, maybe try looking in the Yellow Pages under "Office Equipment Rental"
Be careful about the slideshows. . . I’ve seen way too many that are too long and they really ruin the flow of the reception. The bride thinks it’s cute, but the guests don’t want to sit through 20 minutes of pictures. I’m considering not even having one.
Post # 5
Check with your local libraries, we are renting a projector from our local college library.
Post # 6
Try this: http://www.avistarentals.com
I recommend to time your presentation to a song that you like (4-5 minutes). I just created mine in Powerpoint. You can actually tell in Powerpoint how many seconds you want the pictures to be shown before the next slide/animation starts. I have timed the music, rythm and lyrics to the animation and the pictures to be shown. It’s freaking awesome and I am so excited!
You may want to use the screen and projector during the cocktail hour or hors d’oeuvres serving as well. That way you get the most out of your rental money. Just a thought..
Post # 7
One thing I do, as a wedding photographer, is bring my laptop. After the ceremony and when there’s a break in the reception, I process about 50 of my fav’s and let them loop on my laptop on a table somewhere in the reception. This way the people that want to see them can and the people that don’t won’t 🙂
So make you’re slide – 4-8 minutes is what people can usually enjoy – anything more can seem iike homework – and set it to loop on your laptop through your program, and let your guests take their time with it. You’ll be surprised how many people will be crowded around your slide throughout the reception 🙂
Here’s an idea of a few short and sweet slides…
Hope that helps!
Post # 8
Thanks for the tips guys! I don’t want to do one that’s long. 4minutes top otherwise people that don’t care for photos will fall asleep.
Post # 9
I got married here in the Bay area and then had a reception a couple months later back in Minnesota with my extended family and lifelong friends. At that reception, I did a slide show (didn’t have time to put it together before our wedding day) and let it show on my laptop throughout. It worked out PERFECTLY. It didn’t interrupt the flow of the night, didn’t interrupt people’s conversations or dancing, and those who wanted to see it took the time to do so. Plus, no worrying about renting a screen and projector! Which, by the way, aren’t even available in my hometown.