Post # 1
I’d like to have a slide show at my wedding with pictures of me and pictures of my fiance from our childhood, together, etc. I know for sure I’m playing it at the rehearsal dinner but I’d like to play it at the ceremony also. Here’s my dilemma. I thought about playing it as we light the unity candle, but a friend from church is singing a song during that point. I’m not completely opposed to playing it at the reception either, but I’d prefer during the ceremony. Does anyone have any ideas about another place playing a slideshow would fit?
Post # 3
I think it would be more suited for the reception than the ceremony. I think it would distract from the ceremony.
We just played ours at the rehearsal dinner.
Post # 4
I don’t know what kind of ceremony you have in mind and how you think it would fit into the ceremony. I don’t often see slideshows during the ceremony. However, depending on what u have in mind, it may work. Is there a reason why you prefer playing your slideshow during ceremony over reception?
For me, slideshow is considered an element of entertainment so I would not play it during the ceremony but think it’s more fitting for the reception (like during dinner). It’s a way to provide some entertainment when everybody is eating and there is also no obligation for people to really watch it (since they could eat/drink/talk or do whatever at the same time) if they don’t want to.
Post # 5
@ pren – I don’t guess I have a particular reason for wanting to show it, I’ve just been to several weddings that have had theirs playing during the ceremony and liked it. But I see what you’re saying about how it can take away from the ceremony. Maybe it’s just a regional thing. But I guess I’ll probably just end up playing it at the reception. Thanks for your input 🙂
Post # 6
I think it would be more suited at your reception as well. I think it would be good during dinner or right before or right after your cake cutting.
Post # 7
We’re planning to have a slideshow at our reception. It will be played during the cocktail/appetizer hour.
One question I do have for everyone is, how did you organize and put together the slideshow? I’ve never done this before. I’m assuming first I need to select photos, scan them, and then save to a DVD? How do you add music?
Thanks for everything, bees!
Post # 8
I went to a wedding last spring that played the slide show before the ceremony started. I felt like it was a good way to introduce the bride and groom before it started, especially because I didn’t know them (the bride was a family friend of fi). It filled that time before the wedding that can get a little boring and drag on because you had to get there early to get a seat, etc 😉
Post # 9
I like them better at the reception too, it might be a personal preference thing though. That way people can be more open, laugh, talk about things. I’d feel like I had to be really quiet if it played during the ceremony.
@melisslp: I scanned all of ours in and then organized them in iMovie and dropped songs in from iTunes. It was super easy and actually fun to make. We’ll probably just bring our mac to hook up to the dj’s equipment so we can play it, because I don’t think we’ll have anywhere to play an actual DVD. But if you do that would be even easier to just burn the video to the DVD.
Post # 10
Thank you all for your advice! I think I will end up just doing it at the reception. 🙂