(Closed) Slideshow – How long is too long?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
1548 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think anything more than 2 minutes is tooooo long if guests will be required to sit and watch it. If you have it playing in the background 5-7 minutes is ok. 

Post # 19
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Burtongirl:  Honestly I would shorten it to the length of a song. 10 minutes may seem cool to you because you are totally interested in the photos, but for everyone else its like “omg how many photos do we need to look at of them camping, vacationing, being babies..”

Post # 20
4173 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - Canada

I love slideshows! But long ones are terrible! one song is perfect, 2 is pushing it and 3 songs is torture. There’s only so many times you can say “awe!” Before you get bored lol. If you want to show more photos than there is time for ou can play them in a loop during cocktail hour or another down time. Just maybe don’t show the same ones in the silent one and the real one. 

Post # 21
1623 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m going against a number of PPs and want to say that I love watching others’ slideshows.  It really gives your guests a chance to see you guys in everyday settings and get a feel for your relationship.  I especially think a lot of older guests enjoy it as well.  However, I would stick to 10 mins. tops, 5 min. minimum.  I once saw a 15 minute one and agree that was too long, even for someone who enjoys them. 

EDIT to add: We also played ours when cake was being handed out/eaten, so we still kept the shindig moving along. 


Post # 22
2703 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

5 minutes tops.  If you figure 3-4 seconds per picture, 10 minutes = 150-200 photos/slides.  That’s a lot of pictures.  How many do you really need?  I don’t midn slideshows – I love looking at pictures – but there’s a point where it just becomes too much.  I don’t need to see a dozen pictures of you as a baby or as an awkward tween.  2 or 3 would suffice.

Post # 23
7199 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

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@Burtongirl:  If you are designating a time for everyone to watch it, I wouldn’t do more than 2 and a half minutes. As you can see from PPs… most people don’t actually like them. So I would suggest setting a timer for 5 minutes and then stare at your shoes until it goes off. You’ll see how incredibly long that is for someone who isn’t interested… which will be at least 80% of your guests. 

Post # 24
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Another vote for playing it in the background, in which case it can be as long as you want.  If it’s going to be “required” watching, then I agree with PPs who suggest no more than the length of one song.

Post # 25
9525 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

we are having a slide show running in the background during the rehearsal dinner. 


Post # 26
4 posts


we had to endure some at previous weddings. one was ilke 30 mins! another was akward where it was just the bride stuff hardly of the groom. 

slide shows are a bust.

it should be to the side, and not make it an event that is forced during the timeline. 

Post # 27
3274 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’re having a continuous slideshow on the screens during dinner, toasts, etc then it will have the first dance, etc on there after. I won’t ever make anyone watch a slideshow just play it so they can look at their leisure

Post # 28
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

As many PP have said – I think 4-5 minutes top (maybe one song?) if you’re having everyone watch it all at once, and as long as you want if it’s just going to be running throughout the reception for people to watch at their leisure.

Post # 29
569 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I love seeing the slideshows at weddings! But keep it to 10 minutes or less unless it’s just looping in the background.

We had the usual childhood pictures, but we also tried to include pictures of us with everyone who was attending the wedding. It was definitely appreciated.




Post # 30
3322 posts
Sugar bee

No matter what it will be better then the one wedding I went to where the bride and groom played a slide show that was forced watching, and went on close to 15 mins.  The best part, it wasn’t an actual slide show, but rather the photographer popped their card into the computer and pretty much re-watched the wedding.

It started with the bride at the salon (7 or 8 poses of her getting her hair done), then all the BM’s getting their hair/make up done, then pics of the guys getting ready, then the ceremony (the one I was just at a few hours ago), then shots from the dinner we just ate, and then really right up until that moment.

Seriously terrible.

Post # 31
358 posts
Helper bee

I like slideshows, I think it is a good way to honor the family and makes everyone recognize all the people who helped you become who you are today.  However I would be less interested if it was a large wedding where I didn’t know the couple well.  Our wedding I want to be mostly family and very close friends who know both of us so they will actually be in many of the photos so I think 10 minutes max is fine in that case, otherwise 5 is good

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