Your wedding slideshow doesn’t have to be anything fancy, it should just be true to you and your fiancé. Wedding slideshows aren’t necessary to have but they do make a great way to share more of your story with your friends and family so they learn a little more about you and your fiancé. You can easily make your slideshow using any sort of slideshow software like, PowerPoint or Keynote, which makes it a simple thing to add some personality to your wedding reception.
When you’re choosing photos be sure to choose quality over quantity. You want to be sure your images are showing up great on screen, so skip those pixelated Instagrams or photos from when your mom was learning how to use the camera on her phone. You’ll want to get photos of you with your families, but whether you choose to add those embarrassing childhood photos is up to you. You can also choose whether you want to show your photos chronologically by your ages or just have them go through randomly.
Timing & Length
Timing is important when it comes to your slideshow. You don’t want your slideshow to be too long and risk boring your guests, so keep it around the 5 to 7 minute mark. If each photo is on screen for 2-3 seconds that will be plenty of time to take in the photo. If you have photos that are more important and you want to highlight, then you can hold the photo for a little longer. Also, if the photo is of a large group of people then you’ll want to hold these photos for a little longer as well to give your guests a chance to see all the faces.
Music is also something to consider for your slideshow. I believe music adds interest and personality, but it’s completely up to you if you want to add it. I recommend medium paced or fast paced songs instead of slow songs to prevent your guests from falling asleep.
Add short video clips to your slideshow to break up the photos. Videos can add a different piece to your story which is a great way to add interest. My recommendation for video clips is to keep them short as well, anywhere from 10-20 seconds will still tell a story while keeping things moving.
Add movement with transitions in your slides/photos. The key to transitions is to limit yourself to 1 or 2 transition types to keep from being too distracting.
Finally, if you don’t want to do your wedding slideshow yourself, or you just don’t have the time, don’t be afraid to get help from a friend, family member, or someone in your bridal party!