(Closed) Baby picture slideshow…TACKY OR SWEET?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

It’s cute, but I think only a few guests at your wedding would truly enjoy it (parents, grandparents). If you kept it short though I think it would be okay! 

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

jennayhoang:  My sister made a video for our reception because she was too scared to do a speech so it ended up just replacing the speeches and we didn’t do all the dances except our own.  The video started with a slideshow of our baby pictures (pretty short, maybe one songish) then it cut into our friends and family members giving us well wishes and marriage advice in their own videos they sent in.  It made me cry.  It was amazing and our guests loved it.  We only had about 50 people though so it was an intimate wedding and only people who really really know us were there (and their spouses).

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Maybe instead of a slideshow that people have to sit through, perhaps just put a few framed pictures on a table by the guest book or on different reception tables.

Personally, as a guest, I wouldn’t care to see those (not that they are bad, I just have no interest), but would rather have them at a table than have to sit through a slideshow. 🙂

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I like the idea of having it playing on a digital picture frame, continuously playing in the background, or as something to do while your guests are waiting for the ceremony to start. I don’t think they’re tacky, but I do think guests already have enough that they have to sit and pay attention to. As a guest, I would enjoy it more if I could watch the slideshow at my leisure 🙂

Post # 20
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Bumble bee

A montage of pictures of the couple really isn’t my kind of thing, and I agree with pp- usually it’s the bride/ groom and their families who really get the most out of them. Honestly, I usually don’t watch the first dance either, but if you and your mom really want to do it, go for it. It is your wedding.

Post # 21
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Can it be played during the rehearsal dinner? My sister had this done at her wedding and it was great because it was just close friends and family who were in attendance.

I think if you really want to do it during the wedding, go for it. As long as it’s not a 15-minute slide show or it’s just up where people can view it if they like or during your first dance it’s fine.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

Tacky? No…but I do think it’s a little awkward. I would think something like baby/growing up pictures is something one would find at a birthday celebration for an older grandma or aunt, like a showcase of their life. Have you and your Fiance known one another since you were extremely young? If not, then I just think it feels a little random. Why not at least started from when you guys first started going out and showcasing how your relationship grew? That seems more logical to me and still sweet.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I would say the majority of weddings I have been to have had a slideshow–my mom was also very into the idea as well, so we had it. But I think it depends on your social circle and who is at your wedding. We really only had family members and close family friends who had been there for all the times that we were actually growing up.

Like a PP said, I was very surprised at the reaction. We played it during dinner in the background, but everyone turned their seats around to watch even while eating. People laughed, went “aww” and I saw so many pointing at the screen when they would see themselves (we made a point to include old photos of us with guests, probably some they had never seen before). If you do it, just try to make it interesting–not just like your yearbook photo from each year growing up. And I guess it’s true that people like to see themselves, haha. 

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I like the idea and wanted to do it for our wedding, but ended up scrapping it for the sake of time (putting it together and in our timeline). I loved it at my brother-in-law’s wedding. They showed a lot of pictures at one time and it wasn’t too long at all. They played it during dinner. My coworker did one and since I’m not close to her it felt really long and I wasn’t as interested.

Post # 25
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Helper bee

My sister in law did it and it just played throughout the reception, so you could watch it if you wanted but you weren’t forced too. Some people love that kind of thing, and it gives something to do other than dancing. 

Post # 26
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

If it is for a baby shower after the baby is born it would be fine but for a wedding it just doesn’t work. I think you could make a video of pictures of how both of you met and fell in love and you could add engagement picutres in there too. The baby pictures unless you knew eachother as babies than it just doesn’t work. 

Post # 27
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Bored6:  Yeah, I agree with this. IMO, a wedding celebrates the couple moreso than the individual lives of the bride/groom, so I never really “get” showing pics of the bride/groom as babies/children/teens separately when they didn’t even know one another existed at that point. If a slideshow must be had, I’d just put pics of the couple throughout their relationship.

Post # 28
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Blushing bee

I love the idea and plan to do it myself! Like you, though, I plan to just have it going ‘in the background’ of the day, so if people want to watch it they can, and if they don’t they can enjoy themselves talking and mingling. I think people have a gut reaction of “UGH! NO slideshows!” because many couples play them before dinner during speeches and they think “Oh great, yet another thing to sit through before I get some food!”, but if you’re not creating that situation then why not? 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t like them.  As others have said, they feel kind of awkward unless the couple literally grew up together.  My SIL had one and she had a picture of her, then a picture of her husband, then a picture of her, then a picture of him…etc.  They had been dating only like 3 years or so before they got engaged so there’s no milestone pictures of them together, like graduation.  It didn’t go over real well with the guests either as you could hear them talking and people got up to go to the bathroom.

I think they are better off suited for milestone anniversaried where you can see the couple going through things together.

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