Post # 1
We decided to do a slideshow that would run constantly throughout the reception. We didn’t want to make our guests stop everything and sit down and watch a video. I like that guests can watch as they please.
Therefore I got TONS of pics of both of us. It goes up in age from birth and alternates him and me. Then of course when we met, our life together, and at the end a section of pics of our wedding party and us. The entire video is about 17 minutes long.
Our reception is at a hotel and we will have the projector screen playing our slideshow inside sort of near the head table/dance floor. There is also a flat screen TV at the entryway that will sit right on the wall above our guest book. In the entryway there is sort of a seating area with lots of couches and stuff, and also this is where guests will go to the bar if they want to do a credit/tab for drinks (cash bar inside reception).
Is that overkill to have our slideshow playing in two locations???
Post # 4
17 mins IMO is way too long. After 3-4 minutes honestly, mentally I’m totally checking out. And to have to see that in two locations, I know that it would get on my nerves. I may love a couple very much but I have no interest in comprehensive recap of their lives.
Post # 5
Totally overkill, I would pick one place or the other to do your slide show. I know for our wedding what I did was put all the pictures and put it on a memory stick and then had it playing on a digital picture frame. The frame was going the whole time of the reception/dance by the guest book. That way guests could watch the frame if they wanted to but yet was still out of the way.
Post # 6
17 minutes is pretty long. I’d try to get it down to 10 MAX, if at all possible. And two locations might be a little overkill, also.
Post # 7
I think you should keep it to one screen also. It sounds like the entryway by the guestbook would be the best place, since there are places to sit and near the guestbook would be ideal, imho. Seeing it constantly while dancing could get irritating. I also think you should cut it down to 5-10 minutes. Some guests might want to see the whole thing once, but 17 minutes is quite a while to sit and watch it.
Post # 8
Yes, it’s overkill. After about 5 minutes it’s like “Ok yes we get it!”
Post # 9
Unless you’re having a massive wedding with 500 people or more, I’d say that it’s total overkill. And agree with previous posters that 17 minutes is waaaay to long! No one is going to stick around for more than a few minutes. If you feel you need to show the whole thing, I’d show the full length version at your rehearsal dinner and skip it at the reception or show a significantly edited version there.
Post # 10
I think that’s fine to play it in two locations *shrugs*
I don’t think 17 minutes is too long if it’s just playing in the background and you do not expect people to actually sit and watch the whole thing.
Post # 11
@DeathByDesign: agreed. i mean, i don’t think people ever sit there and watch the slideshows, just glance at them every now and then when they’re not socializing. personally, i’m not a social butterfly so i’d watch it more than most and it’s annoying to me when it’s just a 3 minute slideshow looped and i see a picture of little 4 year old Jimmy with cake all over his face 50 times in one night. it’s ambiance.
Post # 12
I think 2 screens is too much and 17 minutes a little too long, but I don’t think you need to have it be incredibly short if people are allowed to watch it at their leisure… maybe try for 10 minutes?
Post # 14
I think that I didn’t word it right — we are NOT making our guests sit down and watch it. It will be playing during dinner, that way guests don’t have to stop to watch it, they can just check it out as they eat and mingle. If it is a shorter length, guests will be seeing the same thing over and over again and will get tired it of after the first time….right?
Thanks for the opinions…not sure what we’ll do yet though…I mean I know now that yes two locations is overkill but I’m not sure yet which place we’ll play it.
Post # 15
@Wannabe-diy-bride: I think it can appear very vain to have 17 minutes worth of slide show, even if it’s not a captive viewing. To see it on 2 seperate screens is over the top IMO.