The Sweet Christian Bride

Wedding Slide-show

by admin on December 22, 2011 in Reception Traditions, Rehearsal Dinner with No Comments

Slide-shows never get old to me.  They’re fresh because they are all different.  No matter how many slide shows have been featured at the weddings before yours and after yours, your slide-show tells a unique and riveting story.

If you are on the fence about making one for your rehearsal dinner or wedding reception, I encourage you to do it (or better yet, have someone else do it for you).  Watching you and your fiancé from childhood to present is like reading the story of your lives: who your family is, what holiday traditions you had, which sports you played, what trends you succumbed to, what your personality with your friends was like, who your friends were, and of course, how your time with your fiancé was spent prior to the wedding.

It’s a tribute to those whom you love; it’s a nostalgic reminder for where you came from; and it’s a celebration of who you have become.

For your guests who know either you OR your fiancé, slide-shows invite them to meet the other one of you.  By the end of the show, they will feel more like they know you both.  That might not mean much to you, but it will mean a lot to your guests.  When your guests know you both and understand that you two are  perfect for one another, they care more about your marriage.  They will pray more for your marriage.  They will delight more to support your marriage.

The most common structure of a slide-show is bride’s pictures from baby to meeting fiancé, groom’s pictures from baby to meeting fiancée, and dating/engaged pictures of bride and groom. Usually the show is set to music that fits the personality of whoever is in the pictures.

Some pitfalls to avoid are switching back and forth between bride and groom without using title slides to indicate whose pictures they are.  You would think your guests could tell you and your fiancé apart, but baby pictures and group pictures often look the same to someone who doesn’t know you from that era.

Also, if you are going to include group pictures, be sure to balance them out with plenty of individual pictures or small group pictures.  Your guests want to feel like they are watching you grow up, not playing “Where’s Waldo” in a string of crowded, random pictures.  Or, if you are large-group heavy, include titles so your guests at least know who the crowd is and from what stage of your life it was.

If your pictures include your friends and family, make sure you’ve thought about whether anyone at your wedding will feel left out if they are not included up there.  It seems silly, but when you think about the point of showing pictures of you with friends as a demonstration of who is close to you, then it’s easier to see how someone might feel saddened that all their peers were photographed but he or she was not.

Lastly, keep the slide-show at a reasonable length.  Leave your guests wanting more.  Usually if you play a full song for each segment of the slide-show, you have maxed your guests’ interest.  You can use one song such as “A Page Is Turned” to do all three segments or you can use portions of songs if you want a variety of music but don’t want to go too long.

Ultimately, there are no right or wrong ways to make your slide-show.  Be creative and thoughtful.  Have fun with it and your guests will have fun watching it.


By Lindsay

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