(Closed) Picture slideshow for reception; how long should it be?

posted 8 years ago in Reception
  • poll: How long should the duration of the slideshow be?
    5 minutes : (8 votes)
    40 %
    8 minutes : (4 votes)
    20 %
    10 minutes : (5 votes)
    25 %
    As long as it's under 15 minutes : (3 votes)
    15 %
  • Post # 3
    732 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I would make it as long as possible! People will be bored with seeing the same pictures over and over again I would think.. I mean, if it’s playing for the whole reception time.

    Post # 4
    573 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I would suggest doing the slideshow while something else is going on…try to multitask if you can.  I think even a few minutes can get boring if that is the only thing everyone is sitting there doing.

    For example, at a recent friends wedding, they showed their slideshow during the first dances

    there was a slideshow of the bride growing up during the father/daughter dance, slideshow of the groom growing up during the mother/son dance and then a slideshow of them together during their first dance. 

    Just a thought!

    Post # 5
    1956 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

    I would definitely keep it short if you’re going to show it as a portion of your wedding reception, like under 5 mins…If you’re just going to have it play continuously then it probably doesn’t matter as much…fun!

    Post # 6
    248 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    Oh wait, is it a slide show that will repeat in the background? In that case make it as long as possible.

    I voted 5 mins tho because I thought it was one that everyone stopped and watched as a part of the evening. In that case I think short and sweet is best 🙂

    Post # 7
    246 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    I agree with trailmix and Miss Velveteen, if you’re doing the slideshow one time, on its own, while nothing else is going on, keep it short and sweet – under 5 minutes. I think a lot of it is in the editing – pick the best photos of each of you instead of a ton of photos, whether it’s a special moment or it’s super funny, etc. And include photos of you with your guests – I think guests appreciate that and it will hold their attention longer.

    Post # 9
    4485 posts
    Honey bee

    It generally works better to have it looping in the background. People can watch it as they want and aren’t forced to pay attention. In that case, it’s typically silent. If you want it to be a main attraction so to speak, then keep it as short as possible, no longer than 5 minutes maximum.

    I went to an anniversary party this last summer that had a slideshow looping in the background for the entire duration (5 hrs) without any music but from the first picture to the last, it was no longer than 5-10 mins. Guests commented that they enjoyed that type of presentation much more than it being a spotlight event.


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