So you’ve just had your wedding and created some wonderful memories with family and friends sharing your special day with you, topped off by a romantic honeymoon. Now what? Well I’m guessing those memories have resulted in a large amount of photos to sift through and some choices need to be made how to preserve and share these memories.
Traditionally couples would frame one or two photo and the best of the rest would end up in an album, or alternatively the photographer would present the bride and groom with an album with the official photographs. These days, whilst couples still incorporate the framed photos and albums, many are also taking advantage of the digital platform and creating their own wedding slideshows easily from their own home.
Anyone who has ever owned a digital camera will know how easy it is for pictures to accumulate. As well your official photographer’s wedding photos, you will have a legion of family and friends who will want to share photos with you from your wedding that they have taken themselves.
When these images are just kept on your hardrive or burned to a dvd as storage, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by them, which is why preserving them in a slideshow format can be a fun way organize and share your wedding memories.
What do I Need to create my own Wedding Slideshow at Home?
Step 1: Preparation: Your wedding photos in a digital format.
The first thing you will need to create your slideshow is your wedding photos in digital format. Most couples will already have access to this. If you only have hard copies of your images you will either need access to a scanner, or you will need to head to a print/photo processing store to convert them onto a dvd for you. You will also need any other media handy that you want to incorporate into your slideshow such as videos and music.
Step 2: Creation: Slideshow Software
The next step is to find software that caters to slideshow making. We like using PhotoStage Slideshow as although it has advanced capabilities and can incorporate videos, audio and images, the interface is easy to navigate and you can be up and running within minutes of installation.
Try to maintain some structure with your slideshow as this will help it to flow smoothly. Work out an introduction, middle and end. The introduction could be photographs of the bridal party arriving at the wedding followed by ceremony shots. This could lead into images of the wedding reception and end on photographs of the bride and groom leaving the venue.
Remember, when creating a slideshow, the background music is just as important as the images that you have chosen to include. Try to incorporate songs with meaning, such as the song played as you had your first wedding dance song, on your first date, or another song with sentimental meaning.
Step 3: Share:
Now that you have created your wedding slideshow you of course want to share it with family and friends. I like the idea of including a slideshow on a dvd along with your thank-you cards. You could also create several different variations of slideshows to send to different groups of people.
To thank your bridesmaids for their taking a special role in your wedding, you could create a ‘bridesmaid slideshow’ of images that highlight the important wedding ‘bridesmaid’ milestones that they shared with you leading up to the wedding, as well as images from the day itself.
Wedding slideshows are a fun way to preserve and share memories. The potential slideshow variations are endless limited just by your imagination!
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