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

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 47
2896 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I haven’t read all of the responses, so I apologize if I’m repeating. Our church actually has the set-up to run slideshows, and suggested that we utilize that during the time our guest are filtering in and waiting for the wedding to start. I think that this would be a way to run your long slideshow if you’d like to keep it 12 minutes, and it can be on a loop (since some guests show up EARLY!). If you’d like it at your reception, then I agree with the other bees that even 8 minutes for a ‘stop-and-watch’ slideshow can get long, but one looping somewhere where guests can watch as they please can be as long as you’d like. JMO.

Post # 48
313 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I like them, but the shorter and the least amount of cheese, the better. I have one set of friends that made one themselves, and it was very sweet. It cut between different songs for different parts of their lives, and was interspersed with video of people talking about them as a couple. It also did not linger on their childhoods, and instead concentrated more on the story of how the couple got together and what they have done as a couple since. They made sure to have a picture of them with all of the people who were present (e.g., getting the college crowd with a big group shot), which was a nice touch—it engaged everyone that way.

I have been to other weddings where the videos were more boring. These were usually ones that were made by a parent of the bride or groom, and thus dwelled on showing a million pictures on either the bride or groom’s childhood. Those are only interesting to the family members that knew the bride/groom as a child. During dancing they also played (without sound) home videos of the bride as a child, which the guests who did not know the bride as a child had no interest in whatsoever (but they were easy to ignore, so it did not matter).

My advice is to keep the slideshow short—13 minutes sounds far too long if you want to keep your guests’ attention. It might also be a good idea to cut between different songs to keep up the pace, rather than to play three songs in their entirety.

Post # 49
386 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I used to work for a company that made LOTS of wedding slideshows.  Our general formula was 25 photos per group/song.  This would make is so that you wouldn’t use the entire song, and each group would be about 2.5 minutes with pictures showing at 4 seconds each (give or take).

Personally, I loved being able to help all the families (mostly mothers of the bride/groom) put together these montages.  I can’t WAIT to have one at my own wedding!

Post # 50
63 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We are doing a slide show and it will be set up in the foyer, which is also open for guest to socialize throughout the reception. It will be projected and looped. 🙂  No music though, so it wont interfere with anything else going on.

Post # 51
33 posts

I did a video slide show for my daughter and son in law and spent a lot of time thinking and planning the video.   For their early years I did side by side frames using pinnacle studio comparing their lives.  This shortened up the video considerably by doing the early pictures simultaneously.  I also used a song of them being meant for each other. I included  family members that had passed (grandmas and grandpas holding the baby) which was nice to honor them that way.    The second song was all about the guests at the wedding and I tried to include as many in the video as I could. If someone wasn’t invited or not coming to the wedding they weren’t in the video.   I also used video clips so all weren’t just slides. It was short about 6 min.  People loved it and I got many compliments on it and am now doing others.

Post # 52
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

i had to comment I went to a wedding that had a 45 MIN LONG and we were all forced to watch it lol!

Post # 53
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are doing what my fiance’s brother and sister in law did… They had a table over near the gift table with a television set up on it that ran a slideshow of pictures of them growing up. It ran on a loop for the entire wedding. It was especially entertaining for their younger relatives (younger meaning essentially every single cousin present age 3-24) when things were starting to wind down. There was no music with it. This might be a better alternative. 

Post # 54
2 posts
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’m trying to determine what I will do for my wedding yet… but I made a video for my little sister’s wedding with pictures of her and her fiance growing up, and their engagement portraits I shot, along with slides of funning things from their childhood that their family shared with me for the project and interesting facts about the duo.

There was no music accompanying it. Her venue had several small TVs up on the walls and the slideshow looped throughout the reception so people could watch it as they liked or completely disregard it.

I heard numerous compliments on it, and the occasional chuckle when it would catch someone’s eye, and it helped to pull the two families closer together by giving them something to talk about.

Post # 54
600 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2019

I think you could have a slideshow on a loop during coctail hour maybe but to have a dedicated portion of the reception where people are kind of forced to watch, I’d say skip it!


Post # 55
462 posts
Helper bee

My partner’s family LOVES slideshows and I am sure that they will try to do one for us. But personally and secretly I think they are exceptionally cringe-worthy and almost poor taste (sorry!). I’ve told my partner that I don’t like slideshows at weddings, but i will leave that for him to decide as weddings need to incorporate traditions from both sides of the family. I am waiting for that 10 mins of cringing at my weding ……..

Post # 56
766 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

My coordinator said the slide show is a good idea for dinner so the couple can have a few minutes to eat before having to welcome their guests and mingle.

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