(Closed) Slideshow at wedding?

posted 5 years ago in Traditions
Post # 2
662 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Personally, I do not care for slide shows at weddings. My favorite version of what you’re asking is when the couple put up family photos at the escort card and guest book table(s). Alternatively, you could put some albums on your wedding website, although I doubt many people will click all the way through them.

If you want your family to know your Fiance better, face to face interaction is loads better than a slide show or photo album. That way he can tell stories and share life experiences.

Post # 3
2490 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018


I’m also not a fan of slideshows at weddings. I’ve been to weddings before where they have played in the background during cocktail hour and that’s fine, but I find sitting there and looking at pictures to be pretty boring.

I’ve also been to weddings where they have something like that but it’s on their wedding website.

Post # 4
9181 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I think the key thing is to have it playing on repeat somewhere to the side so that people can watch as much as or as little as they want. I hate when you all have to sit in your chairs and watch together. 

We had a slideshow at our wedding running on a big monitor off to the side – little kid pics and then lots of the two of us throughout the years (we’d been together for 13 years!). People really loved it. As you said, it’s a great way for each other’s families to see your childhood.  

Post # 5
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

emma34:  Not a fan. Maybe because I’ve been to too many funerals where a slide show is featured. 

if you can find a space, some framed, hard copy photos or a collage might be nice and quite charming. 

The big TV? Meh. I no like.

Post # 6
989 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

The only time I really enjoyed a slideshow at a wedding was at a Destination Wedding where all the pictures taken so far that day were shown in the background during the first dance – i thought that worked really well!

We are having a simple and rustic outdoor wedding and I have been toying with the idea of getting some pictures during our 10 years together printed like old polaroids and then hanging them from little wooden pegs on twine wrapped round a big tree trunk. What do you think? 

Post # 7
16195 posts
Honey Beekeeper

emma34:  We put photos of us growing up on the tables. For example, at Table 3, we had photos in double frame of me at age 3 and my husband at age 3. I know some of our family members enjoyed going from table to table to see which photos we’d included for the different ages.

We just used sturdy black cardboard frames. They were placed on each table along with our centerpieces. It’s one option at least!

I’ve also seen friends who have just had a TV with a DVD running on loop somewhere so guests could watch as they please.

Post # 8
3830 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

personally i find them boring as hell and since i have poor vision i cant even see them. 

Post # 9
1598 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think slideshows are cute! If I’m really close to the couple, I get to re-live all of the great moments in the past. If I’m not close to the couple, I get an inside look at their lives/relationship before that day.

My husband and I got married in a theater, so we put together a slideshow to put on the big screen as the guests were entering the ceremony space.

We had some pictures of us as kids, but most of them were our “couple pictures” as well as some pics that included our BMs and GMs.

We got TONS of compliments!

If it’s something you want to do, I say go for it. If people aren’t interested, oh well. It’s your wedding!

Post # 10
3726 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

emma34:  Yawn… Maybe at the rehearsal dinner or something but I feel like a slideshow interrupts dinner conversation of your guests. Maybe you could play it during cocktail hour (depending on your setup) but during the reception? I vote no.

Post # 11
2351 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Don’t like slideshows. At all. 

Post # 13
1231 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Put it in the background on a loop.  Forcing your guests to watch it and explaining each slide and telling cute stories about them is incredibly painful.  Putting it in the background allows guests to check it out if they get bored.  

Post # 16
2946 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I saw one that I liked where a VERY talented friend of the couple turned it into a sort of movie/Disney story.  But the traditional slides with music playing gets boring quick. 


Post # 12
42 posts

For me, it really depends on the length of the slide show.

My cousin’s wedding was pretty bad because the slide show was FIFTEEN MINUTES LONG!  And that was a bit much for people to sit through.  People started to get impatient.

I would say, if you really want to do it, do it, but keep it under 2 to 3 minutes tops. 

Another option is to have the slide show going in the background durring a cocktail hour or at your rehearsal dinner so it’s just your closest people. 

I personally don’t like slide shows and refused to have one at my wedding, but my Mother-In-Law was adamant so she did one for the rehearsal dinner and I lived through that.  LOL! 

I think for older relatives it’s really cute to see you and your hubby to be as kids growing up!  But there are a million different opinions out there.  In the end though, it’s your day, and you should do what you want!

Post # 14
974 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m in the minority here, but I actually love wedding slideshows! But it should probably be shown while something else is going on so that the guests aren’t just sat there in case they don’t enjoy it. I’ll probably show mine during dessert.

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