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Whether for your own big day or because your creating one for a friend or family member, creating the perfect picture slide show can be a daunting and overwhelming task. Stick with me and I’ll share with you 11 tips to ensure you are able to create a beautiful and memorable slide show for the happy couple.
#1 Ask the Bride and Groom what kind of mood they want for the slide show?
Should it be sentimental and sappy? Silly and funny? Uber romantic? A little of all three?
#2 Gather pictures across all stages of life
You can get pictures directly from the Bride and Groom. Also ask for pictures from family members. The mothers and siblings will often have great ones to share. You can also use more candid shots and selfies that the couple has posted on social media while dating.
#3 Pair “like” pictures together
1st Birthday with Cake Mashing
Parents and Grandparents
#4 Choose Music
Ask the couple what their favorite style of music is or if they have favorite songs. Do they like “oldies”, “country”, etc.
#5 Choose Appropriate Songs
My brother and his wife loved “oldies” and one of their favorite songs was My Girl.
I chose these songs:
My Girl by The Temptations
Help! by The Beatles
Today I Met by Darlene Love
Chapel of Love by The Dixie Cups
#6 Create a Script
You’ll want to create a script to go along with you slides.
This was mine:
Once upon a time
There was a boy and a girl
They were loved
And, they loved in return, even the annoying ones (siblings slide)
They were silly
They were messy
They had fun
They played hard
They grew up
They survived high school
Then one day, boy meets girl at Walmart (Joe & Paige met while working at Walmart)
And, one day, Joe asked Paige a very important question
And, they lived Happily Ever After
#7 Choose A Program
I used Prezi for my last one, but there are so many options. You can go super basic and work with PowerPoint. If you are a Mac or IOS user, you can work with iMovie too. You can also use softwares and/or services specifically for creating slideshows and movies like Movavi and Smilebox. I’m including links to these last two, but I’m not familiar with them and do not promote them. But, you may want to look into them. I like Prezi though and have used it for a few years now for all my presentations for when I do a training or present at a conference.
#8 Choose your slideshow “theme”
There are two great ones that I like on Prezi.
- Storybook Pages for a “Storybook Romance” Theme, this is the one I used for my brother’s slideshow
- Cherry Blossoms for a “Love Bloomed” Theme
#9 Arrange Slides First
Group them, then have it focus in on each picture separately. I set mine to a four second delay, which means four seconds on each slide. Four seconds is just enough. You can set it to 10 or 20, but that is too long for this type of slideshow.
#10 Decide if you want a live narrator
If so, you can choose one appropriate song and manually scroll through. If not, like me, I set the Prezi to a 4 second delay and timed the sections out that I wanted each song to play for. Then I used a cutter program to piece each track together into one track. I used Audacity, which is a FREE open source program.
#11 Convert to video format
If you choose to use a program like Powerpoint or Prezi, then when you are ready to play the presentation you’ll have to manually go into the program and “present”. With Prezi you have to load it, then choose your delay in the bottom right hand corner quickly and then make sure that the presentation is set to full screen. You’ll want to select the delay quickly so that it is in sync with your track. I’ve included a video of the presentation I made for my brother and his wife’s rehearsal dinner below. I just recorded my screen using Apowersoft.
This way you can also provide a copy of the video for the happy couple to watch as much as they want throughout their life together!
I got so much amazing feedback from the slideshow I created for my brother’s wedding. We also played it on loop without the music during the reception. Even their wedding event planner thought it looked good enough to get paid for it!
Want more weddings? Check out my post, How to Plan a Wedding for Less Than $3000!
What do you think of my Prezi created Wedding Couple Slideshow? Have you used other programs or services I haven’t mentioned? Do you have questions for your own slideshow? Share in the comments section below and happy creating!