Looking for a surefire way to keep your guests entertained, delighted and moved at your wedding reception or rehearsal dinner? Put together a photo slideshow featuring childhood pictures, sweet snaps from your romance and photos featuring your friends and family members — we guarantee everyone will love it.
Here’s how to make a wedding photo slideshow—simply and easily.
Step 1: Get the right software.
First, you’ll need a slideshow-building tool. If you have a Mac, you can use iPhoto to create your slideshow — the software should have come pre-loaded on your machine. Otherwise, you can build one using a free wedding slideshow maker like Smilebox, Photosnack, Animoto, Adobe Spark, Slidely, Movavi or any other free, online slideshow-building tool.
Step 2: Choose your photos.
Now, the fun part! Scour your Facebook albums and tagged photos, scroll all the way back through your Instagram, dig through IRL printed photos (if you have them!) that you might want to scan and upload, ask your friends and families if they have photos of you that they can share — just do some deep digging to find a selection of photos you love.
Consider including pics from the beginning of your relationship, milestone moments, trips you’ve loved and candid snaps, too — don't forget your proposal photos! Your friends and family will also love seeing photos of you two as kids, and photos of themselves with you two as a couple and separately. If you want the slideshow to play throughout your event, you can add as many photos as you'd like. But if you want to create more of a presentation and set aside time to showcase your smile, we recommend keeping it to about five minutes (you don't want your guests to get bored!)—the number of photos depends on a variety of factors, but usually about 60 photos for five minutes is a good rule of thumb. If you don’t have a ton of photos to choose from, that’s fine, too. Photos can always repeat!