(Closed) Is a Wedding Slideshow a bad idea like I was told???

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 32
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

`12-13 Minutes is LONG.  My dad is putting one together for us, but it will be 4-5 minutes, tops.

I think that it’s a cute idea though…it’s something good to use for parent dances if you’re worried about all-eyes-on-you.

Post # 33
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I think a slideshow is a nice idea, but I think 12 minutes is waay to long. I would stick to 10 minutes MAX, but try to keep it shorter than that.

Post # 34
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m a designer, and anything like this is sure to draw out way too long.  Keep it 5 minutes, get your message across, and be done with it. 

Post # 35
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I say go for it. We are having a slideshow of pics of Fiance and me from baby to engagement pics. It’ll be playing while guests are being seated.

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden

I would be bored as hell if I was forced to watch a 12 minute slideshow, but if it was looping in the background, I’d probably watch most of it in small doses.

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think it’s cute but my fiance said that people are only interested in the picture if they’re in it and I do see his point on it.  I like the looping idea and having it play during dinner. 

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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@danadelphia: DITTO. My cousin did this at her wedding, and it seemed the only people who truly enjoyed it where the bride, groom and their parents. Like you, I would also steal glances of a looping video, tho.

Plus, your reception is going to fly by, and that 12 minutes could be used for both you and your guests to dance and have fun!

Post # 39
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Busy bee

I am all for slideshows but I’m not sure I could sit and watch one for 13 minutes my mind would start wandering about 5 minutes in…

 Maybe shorten it or have it looping in the background like others have suggested.

Post # 40
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

A background loop is fantastic if you have it on during the pre-dinner/lunch mingling. It gives people something to look at and chat about, and may serve as an icebreaker of sorts.

To be the curmudgeon here, I personally find it boring when we are forced to sit and watch a slideshow, unless I know the couple well, or I was with them when they grew up, or they somehow managed to find lots of very entertaining shots that communicated a lot about their relationship.

So 13 minutes sounds at least 8 minutes too long. But if your wedding is completely composed of very close friends and family (who I would recommend you include in the show), then they may like it. If your audience is inclined to be sentimental they will like it.

Post # 41
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

You might be surprised how little time you need for a great slideshow that won’t get boring. We picked one short song, 2:34, and included 46 photos, which was plenty. We showed it at the rehearsal dinner but I think it’s perfectly appropriate to have it at the wedding. Here is ours, if you’re interested:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBSqKkFvzME&feature=channel

Post # 42
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Wannabee

I am a groom. I am getting married in 12 days. I used to make photo montages and video shows for wedding receptions when I was in college. I just completed the photo-short-film, as i like to call it, for my wedding. It is 12 minutes long, and we will be showing it as cake is being served. Our show is a love story, showing high-res digital photos of when we fell in love in Hong Kong, climbed the highest mtn in southeast asia, traveled to Barcelona and Lisbon, and got engaged in Egypt. The photos are of just the two of us, being happy and in love in beautiful places in the world. There are 230 guests at our wedding and it does not make sense to try to include them in the photos. Most importantly, as soon as your wedding ceremony is over, and the bar is open, there is a tendency for the focus to shift from the bride and groom, and the night becomes all about the party. From when cocktails are served at 5:30, untill the last song is played at midnight, there are 390 minutes. My bride and I think that taking 12 of those minutes to remind our guests why everyone has gathered together to eat cake and drink and dance, is important.

Post # 43
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Personally, I love watching the slideshows at weddings!!  So I say go for it.  You might be able to cut down the length a bit, but I find it entertaining and love the baby pictures.

 

Post # 44
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Buzzing bee

I see nothing wrong with slideshows but think that 12-13 minutes is very long. I agree that one one should be enough to cover it. If a song is 3 minutes long and you show each picture for 5 seconds (which even might be too long), that’s 36 pictures. 

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think either cut it to less then 10 minutes or make a longer one continusly looping in maybe a side section of the room or off not front and center. 

Post # 46
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We had a slide show at our wedding that included a few edited versions of songs – one for each of our childhood photos and then one for us dating.  We used a photo montage company, Memovia, and they were able to take it from that “just another slide show” level to a truly entertaining, artistic production.  If you are considering showing a slide show and having a high quality production to keep for yourselves, check out their website for pricing and samples: http://www.memovia.com  

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