(Closed) How important is it to show a video at your reception?

posted 9 years ago in Technology
  • poll: Video Poll
    I had one, and it was a huge hit! : (3 votes)
    19 %
    I didn't have one, and I wish I had. : (0 votes)
    I didn't have one, and no one noticed. : (10 votes)
    63 %
    I did something else (explain below) : (2 votes)
    13 %
    I had one, but in retrospect could have skipped it. : (1 votes)
    6 %
  • Post # 3
    1580 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’ve been to weddings with and without videos. I always appreciate seeing snippits of the couple’s lives and childhoods, so if there isn’t a video, I like to see pictures.

    I’ve seen the video done 2 ways:

    1. show it like a movie at the reception when everyone is seated and watching
    2. have the movie/slide show play on a continuous loop at the cocktail hour so people can just stop and look if they want to, or head to the bar and chat if that is what they would rather do.

    I like the second option best.

    Do you have any friends who could borrow a projector from a school or their company?

    Post # 4
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’ve never seen this at a wedding, and I’m not planning on doing one either.  I don’t think anyone will miss it.

    Post # 5
    2474 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’ve only seen this done at 2 weddings out of many I’ve attended.  Strangely enough, the slideshows were actually shown during the ceremony which took place in churches.  I’ve never seen one at a reception, but that seems like the more appropriate place to do it.  I also don’t think people would miss it if you didn’t bother doing one.

    Post # 6
    447 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I think having a video depends fully on whether or not you want one. I’ve been to a lot of weddings and maybe about half, perhaps less, have had video montages. They’re fun at a big wedding where many of the people attending are in the pictures or if you have a lot of goofy pictures.

    That being said, I didn’t have a montage at my reception and nobody even noticed. My reception only lasted about 2 hours however. Your clothesline photo arrangement sounds like a great, fun idea.

    Post # 7
    6597 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    No one will miss it!

    I am having a small wedding (60ppl) and will have a loop of photos in a slideshow (not really a video) that will continue throughout the entire reception and will include pictures of almost EVERYONE that is a guest out our wedding. However, I am also doing this for free in that I am using my computer and borrowing a projector and screen from my school.

    Post # 8
    610 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    It depends on a lot of factors. Our guests really enjoyed it and we incorporated some of our parents/grandparents (younger pics of them) too and all our family wanted copies of it. I think that especially if you’re great with iMovie, it may be worth $100. It depends on your overall budget, if $100 is only a small %, then go for it. If it’s a substantial amt relative to your budge then you may not wanna worry about it. I mean, for example a centerpiece now adays costs $100 and nobody notices if your reception/ceremony is one ceterpiece less.

    It’s true that nobody notices that it would be missing if you don’t have a slideshow.Bbut if you have a great slideshow, people would remember it and enjoy it too. A lot of people don’t notice a lot of things that happen at wedding that we brides stress over (STD, invitation, etc.); so that’s shouldn’t be the only reason why we chooose to do one thing or the other.

    Post # 9
    3162 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’ve only ever seen one done at a rehearsal dinner and to be honest it was really cheesy, way too long, and really turned me off to the idea.

    Post # 10
    1371 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I went to two weddings this summer that had what was suggested above: a slideshow playing throughout the reception.  This was great as it didn’t “bore” anyone and you didn’t miss any pictures either.  Everyone loved it as we got to laugh at all the cute pictures (and terrible pictures of us all from high school haha).  I think it’s a much better option than the music/video one, and gives you better bang for your buck if you have to rent your own projector.

    Post # 11
    347 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    We did what you were describing at our rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding.  It was a big hit there, and that way it didn’t take away from the reception music/decor/etc. we’d paid good money for.

    Post # 12
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’ve never seen a slideshow or a video at a wedding before, so I guess I wouldn’t miss it at all!

    Post # 13
    3285 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    We thought about it, but thought people might get bored…hehe.

    Post # 14
    2476 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’ve seen slideshows at almost every wedding I’ve attended.  If the only thing holding you back is renting a projector, try checking with friends who work at schools.  My teacher friend loaned another friend a projector (along with the screen) from school.

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