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How to Make Your Wedding Slideshow

In your wedding planning mania, don't forget the touches to the wedding that are distinctly you — and one way to remind your guests of what is you, literally — is photo slideshows! Slideshows are awesome for weddings, whether you want one to show at the wedding, the reception, rehearsal, and showers — as well as making one from the wedding and honeymoon itself, to have for you and your honey to keep for yourselves.

Luckily, software and tech helpers have evolved, preventing your slideshow from being a cheesy affair — remember the days of photo collages at weddings?

To see wedding slideshow tips and ideas, just

The Pictures

  • As far as photos, you can do a slideshow of photos of your life together so far, or you can start with baby pictures and work your way up chronologically.
  • Decide what story you're telling, and think about that in accordance with how long you want the show to be. If it'll be something guests see as they arrive or will just visit briefly, then a shorter show (75-100 for about 10 minutes) may be what you want, so everyone can see all the pictures but not create a distraction. In that case, it's fine to set the photos an a shuffle setting. If you want to show the slideshow to everyone as a main event of the reception, like during the meal or drinks, then you could go longer and set the photos to go in a certain order.
  • Consider the quality of each photo you're including — but they don't all need to be high-res because they'll be projected — use old black and white, vintage-y looking shots for a nice mix.
  • Have any old home movie clips, or short video you've taken with your cell phone? Insert that somewhere in the slideshow to keep the audience on their toes!

Getting It Done

  • If you'll be able to use your computer and project it at the event, then it's achingly easy to upload your photos to a photo-sharing service like Picasa or flickr (pretty much any photo-sharing site does this) and set it to slideshow mode. Just arrange them how you want, and they'll flow in that order. If you want something fancier (like transitions between each picture), you can use a program like iPhoto. Watch the tutorial here.
  • Want it done for you? DVD Photographs slideshows start at $79.
  • Make sure your venue has a projector (or be sure to rent one) and a way to hook up your computer, or burn the slideshow onto a DVD if you want to screen it on a TV there. Can't do it yourself? Walgreens can help.

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Join The Conversation
Victor14775951 Victor14775951 4 years
It is easy to create wedding slideshow using DVD Photo Slideshow. It works great for me.
Palmella Palmella 7 years
I recently attended the wedding rehearsal dinner of my niece where they played a slideshow made with pictures of the couple's dating days. It was perfectly synchronized to music and because it was professionally made, the results were awesome. Later, they presented a copy of the DVD to every guest as a souvenir to take home. They got the show custom made for them by and I had never seen anything like that before.
granty granty 7 years
I went with to for mine - the best I've seen so far by a mile, would deffo use them again
gummo2 gummo2 8 years
There are a lot of boring or cheesy-looking slideshows out there that you can buy on the cheap....but check this out as an alternative:
drhilarius drhilarius 9 years
just another idea: if you do make a slideshow for your wedding, something i found a lot of brides LOVE which people don't usually do: buy flash drives, monogrammed with "Mary and John's Wedding" etc... and put your slideshow movie on THAT. Look on eBay, you'll find a lot of people selling flash drives in bulk. Even a cheap 256 MB flash drive will work fine, because a 5 minute movie with an HD resolution of 720p(1280x720)is going to compress to about 170MB, and look gorgeous on any laptop. Let me know if you need more info.
drhilarius drhilarius 9 years
Thought I'd chip in to this comment line, after noticing a few others who are trying to discreetly promote themselves. Nice try guys. My recommendation is I've been doing weddings and photo transfers for 10 years and just started the site. Just me and a couple other photographer/editors. And we'll give you the slideshow in any format you want, included on the DVD for the same price anyone else is. I'm planning on posting some video tutorials soon if anyone's interested in doing it themselves with their mac. Cheers.
Touchdown Touchdown 9 years
Great article. We actually used to create our wedding slideshow. For less than $100 it was a no brainer. Going to do use them again to create our anniversary DVD.
megan921 megan921 9 years
I made a similar slideshow using iMovie on my mac and it turned out fantastic. Easily able to burn to a DVD afterwards, too.
Lindaloo52 Lindaloo52 9 years
This is a terrific idea, lots of wonderful information! I am printing this one out.
tweet-hotpants tweet-hotpants 9 years
my husband made one for our wedding- i still watch it all the time 2 1/2 years later! he also made one for my parents' 30th wedding anniversary. it's fantastic too! he's wonderful at things like this.
Carl38 Carl38 9 years
My recommendation goes to KoffeePhoto. Sharing photos and slideshows is so easy any one can do it...
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