Post # 1
I’ve been going through many old photos and am curious at how many of you came to choose the photos that were included in yours to show at your wedding. Did you go chronologically? How did you incorporate photos of both of you? How long was it? Do you know of a specific "photo etiquette" for what to include and what not to include?
It’s so hard to get all these together so thanks for any help!
Post # 3
I’m working on this right now too. I’ll probably go chronologically, or close to it. First me, then FI, and then us together. We’ll just pick three songs and that’s how long it will be. Either my DOC or photographer will put it all together for us so I’m not really sure. I haven’t decided if I’ll include pictures of me with friends or not. Maybe just the friends that are in the bridal party. There will definitely be pictures of me with my immediate family but probably not beyond that.
Post # 4
This was the biggest PITA for me the week before the wedding (scanning hundreds of photos). I did one song of FI chronologically (100 years by Foo Fighters), one of me (Born to Fly by Sarah Evans) and one of us together (These are the moments), so the whole thing was about 15 min long. I just used iPhoto linked it to the 3-song playlist in iTunes. It was pretty easy once
I got the photos scanned.
Post # 5
Oh, and I tried to include photos of us with our cousins, aunts, uncles…basically anyone who was going to be at the wedding (most people appreciated seeing pictures of themselves… made them feel most included and showed our history together was important)
Post # 6
My husband does slide shows as a side business and we have done one for each of our friends’ weddings, so of course we did one for our own! Choosing the photos took the longest time, very often memories captured in a picture seem so important, how do you choose? We did a section for each of us with about 45 pictures in each, both going in chronological order, then a section with the two of us, sort of in chronological order, but also did a few "themed" sections – us camping every year, winter time photos. At the end we used pictures from our engagement shoot. Overall it was about 11 minutes, longer than we normally make them, but it was played on a loop during the cocktail hour, so it didn’t stop the party. Usually if you are going to show it during the reception or the reahursal dinner, don’t go more than 8 minutes – people get bored. It is really good to include not just pictures of yourself, but you with others. The more people you include, the more excited they get, they are at your wedding because they are a part of you life, so it is nice to include them. It also gets boring if it is just pictures of you and your fiance. Another thing we like to do is to use more than one song for each section, this also keeps people interested. We go back and forth between slow songs. We use ProShow Producer to make our shows. It is a great program with endless possibilities, but there is a learning curve. you can check out our show here <div dir=”ltr” align=”left”><font face=”Arial” size=”2″ color=”#0000ff”>http://www.photodex.com/sharing/viewshow.html?fl=2850462&alb=131388</font><div dir=”ltr” align=”left”><font face=”Arial” size=”2″ color=”#0000ff”></font><div dir=”ltr” align=”left”><font face=”Arial” size=”2″ color=”#0000ff”>you will need to download a plugin to view it–don’t worry its safe. Email me if you have questions and good luck!</font>
Post # 7
For our slideshow, I want to have it playing on a loop at some point during the reception– not something everyone has to stop and watch, but that people can watch if they’d like. Our cocktail hour is outside, so we can’t do it then– I’m not sure when the best time to do it would be. During dinner? Cake cutting? As people walk into the reception room?
Does anyone have suggestions for what to do and what not to do regarding slideshow timing? Thanks!
Also- how far in advance should we start scanning pictures?
Post # 8
We had ours playing on a loop during the cocktail hour on a computer/tv screen on a table, not a big projector screen set on a table in the corner of the room. It worked out great, people could stand there and watch as long as they wanted or not watch at all. So if there is a wall or an outlet someplace, that might work outside as well during the cocktail hour. If there is a bar set up outside the room during the reception, you could set it up there, or by a guestbook table as well. As for timing – keep it to 8 minutes or under if you are stopping everything. Any longer and people get bored. If you are playing it on a loop, you can go a little longer. Depending on how many pictures and like all other wedding projects, the more you can get done before, the better. Scanning takes awhile, especially since I assume most of your childhood pictures aren’t digital. Feel free to email me if you have anymore questions alysonschwartz at gmail dot com. Good Luck!
Post # 9
Our videographer did our slide show as part of our love story and asked us to pick out 20 photos of me, 20 photos of him, and 20 of us together. Each section was introduced with our first names and the songs changed when a new section came up. The order went me, my guy, and then us.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2007 - Restaurant in Burlington
this is a big project but i’m sooo glad we did it. start early — that’s the best thing you can do. i spent a weekend — one day at mr. onion’s house and one day at my parents — looking through old photos.
we decided to present our in chronological order. i wanted to have historical photos of our grandparents, greatgrandparents etc. also photos of our parents at their weddings. then photos of mr. onion growing up, followed by photos of me growing up. then we had photos of our friends and family when we were "grown-ups" and ended with our courtship — just pictures of the two of us finishing with our engagement photos.
the best thing was we included a photo of every guest there (we only had 45 — very intimate wedding) with us in some way so that they all felt included! it was fantastic. the whole thing ran about 10 minutes long and we set it to a piano version of "there is no greater love" that was sung at our ceremony.
we had a "viewing" just once while people were eating cake. i’m SO glad we did this. we used iPhoto on an apple at my mother’s office. but photostory is a great PC program that i tried out as well. in the end it came down to time. GL and enjoy!