Post # 1
Anyone having a slide show at their wedding reception? Or have opinions of them? I am kind of on the fence about it, I have only been to one wedding that had one and all I can remember is it was nearly 25 minutes and guests were getting restless.
Post # 3
Two weddings I’ve been to had slideshows during the ceremony. It was…awful. The officiant greeted everyone, told us we’re here to witness the marriage Mary and John and now lets look back in their lives to see what brought them here today and the slideshows neared 20 minutes! It was rather boring and awkward to see the bride and groom just standing there looking at it with their backs to us.
I’m not a fan of pictures slideshows. I’d rather photographs being displayed or photo albums to flip through.
Post # 4
We are going to have a slideshow but just have it running continuously for a while on the side of the reception room. Our hope is that people who want to check out the pictures can and that others won’t be stuck watching it.
Post # 5
I don’t care for slideshows only because I find them kind of exclusionary. They’re nice for about 10 seconds because It’s nice to see the bride and groom in personal photos but after a while it’s just a bunch of people sitting around while the bridal party laughs at all the inside jokes going on in the pictures and everyone else is excluded save for a random picture of “all the cousins” at Christmas you know? I’d much rather see a display of phots I can browse should I choose, not be forced to watch a makeshift slideshow…
Post # 6
I was at a wedding recently that had a slide show on a small screen by the guest book table which played on a loop while people were mingeling before the ceremony and while people were dancing. It actually turned out really well, it was just picture of the couple, pictures of the bridesmaids with the bride etc, if people were interested they would stroll over watch for a while, go back and dance, and then go back etc. It was actually really cute. I personally LOVE looking at slide shows and pictures etc, but it was a lot better than forcing those who could care less to watch it too.
Post # 7
The last wedding we went to had a slide show and it was freaking painful. We were STARVING and just wanted to eat since cocktail hour sucked. Bride and groom came in,we stood and then had to REMAIN STANDING while they played a 30 minute slideshow/music montage. It was cheesy, boring and seemed a tad self-indulgent to be honest. People got super restless and many went off to get drinks at the bar.
I would definitely forgo the slideshow.
Post # 8
@globalmargaret: THIS- Make it a choice!
Post # 9
I feel like everybody has already seen all the pictures on facebook anyway, why bother?
Post # 10
We will be having one, but it will be playing during the reception when we’e taking our pictures after the ceremony to kill some time. Hopefully though we won’t be long and it won’t be long. For me, past 5-10 minutes is too long lol we obviously won’t be done taking pictures though, but thats okay. His mom wanted to do it, so we’re letting her have her cake.
Post # 11
I like it when couples have it at the rehearsal dinner. Since it’s just those nearest and dearest to them there anyway (unless all the Out of Town guests are invited), pretty much everyone there will be in the pics, will have known the couple a long time, and will enjoy seeing their growth over time.
Post # 12
We had one. It was a surprise for everyone, even our parents! Everyone loved it, but it was a little long at even 12 minutes at the wedding. At home it was great though, I don’t know what made it seem a but too long at the wedding. We had 3 songs, but we faded out each song after the different section was up. There was a Darling Husband section, me, then us together. Each picture was up for 2.5 seconds. It was in a comic book style, really cool looking. (Our friend did it for us as a gift!) I would recommend making it about 9-10 minutes long. Ours was almost right, but just a tad too long. When it was over no one noticed that it lagged a bit. We just got comments from guests about how much they liked it.
Post # 13
I love pics – but slideshows bore the heck out of me.
I saw a good idea at a wedding we went to two years ago – they had one of those digital frames on the table with the guest book. You could see the changing pics if you wanted to – you weren’t trapped.
Post # 14
I like short, sweet slideshows with a story (and maybe a few words for context), versus just a random mashup of photos and people. I have a problem with slideshows or even videos when the venue isn’t set up in a way that everyone can see the screen. We went to a wedding held in a large ballroom with 300+ guests and I would say about 1/2 of us didn’t know what was going on because they just did a pop-up screen on the dancefloor and we couldn’t see through the walls of people jostling for a spot.
Post # 15
I am not a fan. My family tends to do them as a “surprise” and I told them NO and gave my venue strict orders to not to provide equipment if they asked.
As a compromise, we did have a photo display on the gift table that included some childhood shots of us. We covered an old bullitin board in brown paper and used red ribbon and pretty stick pins to make the base. The photos are just stuck under the ribbon.
Post # 16
I think slideshows are best done one of two ways. Either at the rehearsal dinner for just the nearest and dearest that genuinely wish to see it. Or as previous posters have mentioned, set up out of the way as an option. It’s just a bit over the top, In My Humble Opinion, to stop the reception and force people to watch.
And slideshows during a wedding ceremony or just before the ceremony make me cringe. I had a relative who did one at his wedding before the ceremony in the church. It started once everyone arrived, went on forever and I felt like it was incredibly inappropriate to have something like that in church.