(Closed) Opinion on having a slideshow at the reception, rehearsal dinner, or not at all?

posted 9 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
1741 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

If you opt to have one, I would do it at the rehearsal dinner rather than the reception.  That’s what we’re doing.

Post # 4
824 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We didn’t do one but we had a rusty chic wedding on a farm so we tied twine to shephard hooks and used clothespins to put up actual pictures. This way people could go through them if/when they wanted to. Be careful if it’s windy though 🙂 Just another thought!

Post # 6
6533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Our venue has tvs throughout (it’s a golf course clubhouse) so I think we will just let it loop all night, or at least during cocktail hour, on those. Wedding slideshows are ok but I don’t want to force my guests to stay seated longer just to watch some pictures. 

Post # 7
554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Maybe I’m alone in feeling this way but I don’t understand the point of them. There’s a saying to the effect that people are only interested in pictures that they themselves are in. That may be going a bit far, but I think the general idea is true – it’s not all that exciting to look at a bunch of pictures of other people. I could maybe see it if the bride and groom made sure to include as many pictures of guests as possible. But the ones I’ve seen have just been…a LOT of pictures of the bride and groom. That is just so not my style that it’s hard for me to see why people do them/like them. As a guest I don’t mind them exactly but I do find them boring if they go on for more than a couple minutes.

But if you want to do it, I definitely think the rehearsal dinner is better. I went to a wedding once where they showed a slideshow during the ceremony. That was…weird.

Post # 8
7439 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

We are Eloping to a Destination Wedding… and having a Back Home Reception at a later date with family & friends after we get back from our Honeymoon.  As this will be the FIRST opportunity for folks to get together with us after the Wedding, I’m definitely thinking of having some sort of slide show / video disk going (either on a pull down screen, or big screen Tv).

Our Back Home Reception will be pretty casual… Cocktails & Nibbles, Champagne & Cake and DJ & Dancing (more party than anything else).  So I don’t think that having one designated spot (be it a screen or tv) with the pics showing will be too obtrusive… besides, a good many pics I imagine will be of our Honeymoon which will tie in with the theme I am considering for my Reception (Travelling Together)

Hope this helps,


Post # 9
290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

IMO they are fine as long as they run in the background and people can watch them when and IF they want. I hate when the guests are forced to watch them (this summer I seriously had to sit through 15 minutes of a picture slideshow. 15 MINUTES!) My Fiance and I are not having one.


Post # 10
824 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Eglantine:  I agree, the pictures that we did put out included our family and guests and people could look at them or not bother.


Post # 11
693 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We had one but just had it looping on two tvs throughout the night

Post # 12
14 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

Hi folks, I’m new! I always liked watching the slideshows (that weren’t TOO long). But now that I am engaged and planning my own wedding, I’m not sure we want to do one. My fiance isn’t big on pictures so there would probably be more of me than him anyhow. These comments make me feel better about not having one. Just wanted to make sure people wouldn’t leave thinking “where was the slideshow?”

Post # 13
600 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I like watching slideshows because it’s nice to see photos of the bride and groom, but I think the key is to not have them be too long and repetitive. The last wedding I went to, the slideshow consisted of many many arm length photos of the bride and groom! I like the ones where the photos are mixed up to include other people, tell a story, or also include some movie additions.

I think it’s nicer to show a slideshow at the wedding as more people will be able to see it. You can also consider showing the slideshow at cocktail hour if it’s an option.

Post # 14
2523 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Here are some things that went wrong at previous weddings slidehows: 

no audio/hard to hear

silly/cheesy music that is romantic to some but makes others laugh

could not be seen from all tables/seats in the room

Post # 15
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Padua Hills Theater

We had a 6 min sideshow during our reception. I personally like seeing them. I know my husbands family loved seeing pictures of me growing up and my family loved the shots of him. I think the trick to having a good slide show is the pictures have to either be adorable or funny 🙂 The more embarrassing the better!

Post # 16
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room

Try putting a slideshow in several digital frames put in different locations around the reception. Then guests can look at them at their own leisure. I think that would work the best.

I went to a wedding last year where there was a projected slideshow that lasted a grueling 45 minutes…. I felt like a prisoner and my eyes began to burn.


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