861617
Beginner August 2016

Slide Shows

861617, on July 5, 2016 at 1:01 AM Posted in Do It Yourself 0 30
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Hi there, I'm looking for some ideas for slide shows during the reception.

1. Just use PowerPoint? Or something else?

2. Use it to intro the bridal party only? Or some type of appreciation for parents? ("benefactors" who funded the wedding itself)

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Latest activity by Deb, on July 5, 2016 at 7:16 PM
  • JulyPittsburghBride
    Super July 2016
    JulyPittsburghBride ·
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    Do you have a DJ or videographer who offers any of this?

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  • MrsYeti616
    Savvy June 2016
    MrsYeti616 ·
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    Depends how simple or intricate you want it to be. My MIL loves to use photoshop, so she actually purchased a special slideshow program for us (although we didn't use it to its full potential). It was nice though as it allowed for us to use three different songs as part of the slideshow. We had a destination wedding with a total of 39 people in attendance, so I made sure to include photos of us with each of the guests in the wedding. The show was a total of about 11 or 12 minutes long (on the very long side of a slideshow in my opinion), and it was in three segments: (1) groom, from infancy to adulthood; (2) bride from infancy to adulthood; and (3) bride and groom as couple. It played during dinner. If you don't have money to purchase the program and/or time to dedicate to putting it together, a simple one played from powerpoint or picasa or whathaveyou would work. Just time it correctly with the song that you will use, and the dj can play the song while the computer plays the slideshow.

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  • MrsMarsh
    Super August 2016
    MrsMarsh ·
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    I like groom and bride growing up. Kinda let both sides see memories and also remember back Smiley smile

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  • T
    Dedicated July 2016
    Thomas ·
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    Here's an Idea, project the slide show on one wall that has some sort of sheer curtains or linens, place a fan or fans so that the surface is moving....it would be a great affect then it could play continuously. You would need a projector and a computer...

    I can't say how the other programs work ...but I know of ONE from Photodex, called Proshow that is easy to use, comes with many fades, transitions, you can add music etc...

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  • Mrs. RATR
    Master September 2016
    Mrs. RATR ·
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    Thomas, that sounds like a terrible idea. That would distort the picture horribly.

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  • T
    Dedicated July 2016
    Thomas ·
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    That is the point it would make it subtle with out being obnoxious....You see the effect in movies and tv shows and concerts...

    No idea is bad, its how well you execute it

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  • Mrs. RATR
    Master September 2016
    Mrs. RATR ·
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    I beg to differ Thomas. Almost every idea you've had here is pretty bad.

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  • LoveInDC
    Master November 2016
    LoveInDC ·
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    I'm confused. So you don't have a slideshow made, you have no idea what it might be about, and you don't know when you want to play it. And you want all of us to come up with this for you? So your thought process was basically "a slideshow about something at some point might be cool"?

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  • JamieLynn
    Master June 2016
    JamieLynn ·
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    I've seen two slideshows at weddings. They were both horribly timed and long. No one wants to sit through baby pictures of the bride and groom for an hour before dinner.

    I'm not saying they are all awful, just the ones I've seen.

    Just make sure it's not a mandatory thing that everyone must watch. Maybe have it during cocktail hour or something. Those who want to watch can.

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  • Jessica
    Super October 2017
    Jessica ·
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    You should change your avatar so people don't confuse the 2 of us

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  • Dana993
    Super November 2016
    Dana993 ·
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    I recently went to a wedding where the couple had a slideshow play during the father daughter dance, the mom and groom dance, and during the first dance. It was super sweet, I enjoyed it. I know some people like Jamielynn stated do not like to sit through slideshows. I wouldn't make it long if you are making it "mandatory" to watch.

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  • Lauren B.
    Master October 2015
    Lauren B. ·
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    I went to a wedding where they played a slide show during the reception

    It got boring after a while.

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  • VC
    Master May 2017
    VC ·
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    I love slideshows! Allows you to really see the couples past. But they are always no longer than 5-10min and were always well produced and interesting.

    I hope we can do that at our wedding too!

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  • Cryst'l
    Super November 2017
    Cryst'l ·
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    I use wondershare dvd slideshow creator for my slideshows. It's fairly affordable, has a lot of different options and easy to learn. I import the songs straight into the slideshow and am able to easily control when it goes from one song to the next and which pictures are up for however long, etc.

    Then you get to add a menu, like a normal dvd and burn it to the disc. At that point all my dj will need to do is pop it in and press play.

    We're planning on putting ours up during the cocktail hour so people have something to watch if they want to, but aren't required to sit and watch it's entirety.

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  • BeachBride
    VIP June 2017
    BeachBride ·
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    I'm not a fan of slideshows, at least how I've seen them done. It's like your being forced to watch before you can eat. I saw an idea on here where someone was going to have it playing looping by the bar so people could watch in line/when they wanted to

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  • Waychox3
    Master September 2016
    Waychox3 ·
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    I think they are awesome if you play them during dinner. I agree that it shouldn't be forced to watch it.

    As far as programs, I don't know.

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  • Allee
    Devoted October 2016
    Allee ·
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    I attended a wedding where it played continuously throughout dinner, but it was in the background. Not forced to watch but there for those that would like to.

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  • Allee
    Devoted October 2016
    Allee ·
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    At my sisters wedding they played the slideshow for the guests waiting at the ceremony. (Limited if your wedding is outside) But I thought that was nice, wedding started at 530 people started arriving around 4:50 so it played from 4:50- wedding start.

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  • Celia Milton
    Celia Milton ·
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    Not a fan. In any format, especially on waving cloth.

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  • 861617
    Beginner August 2016
    861617 ·
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    Ok so it sounds like since we chose buffet instead of sit down, that while people are getting up to get food and milling around a bit then that might be a good time to play a slideshow.

    I'm also mulling that cocktail hour slideshow over since it does make sense that people could watch a their own will vs. be forced to watch something.

    I also realize that making it short or at least fast-paced would help keep the interest of the crowd.

    Thank you again for your ideas everyone!

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