How to Show A Slideshow at a Wedding or other Special Event
Written By: Mike Yared
DVDPhotographs has years of experience in creating and playing slideshows at wedding receptions, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, graduations, and other special events. Here are some hints tips we have developed to help make sure your event runs as smooth as possible.
If you are creating a video montage photo slideshow that you would like to show at a wedding reception, party, or other special event there are a variety of ways that you can display your video to your guests. A little pre-planning can go along way in ensuring that your presentation is successful and your guests enjoy the slideshow.
Step 1: Determine How You Want to Display the Slideshow
There are a couple of different ways in which you can show the slideshow at your event.
Option A: Projector
Have everyone view the slideshow at the same time. If you are having an event with over 25 people the best way to do this is to project the slideshow onto a screen or a light colored wall through a projector. If you are in need of a projector, please be sure to contact us regarding our projector rentals.
Option B: TV
Have the slideshow playing off to the side or in a corner of the room during the event. This allows people to casually mingle and watch the whole slideshow in it’s entirety or just bits of pieces. If you plan on displaying the slideshow this way it is advisable to have your slideshow authored on a DVD so that it continuously loops over and over. If you are planning on showing your slideshow this way you may be able to just use a TV.
Step 2: Determine What Equipment You Will Need for your Slideshow
What you decide in Step 1 will dictate exactly what equipment you will need for your slideshow. If you are going to display the slideshow to the guests all at the same time you will want to secure the following equipment:
• Screen (or have a light colored or white all to project onto)
• DVD Player or laptop computer that can play DVD
• Speakers/Sound – If you are going to play the DVD through a laptop computer one option is to hook up external PC Speakers to the computer to run the sound. If you happen to have a DJ at your event or the party venue has house sound you should be able to run the audio from the DVD player into the DJ’s speakers or the house sound system. Be sure to ask first!
If you have decided that you would like to have your video montage loop continuously throughout the event you can just hook up a stand and allow the DVD to cycle through.
Step 3: Test in Advance!
We can not stress how important it is to test all your equipment and connections before the big day. There is nothing worse than scrambling in front of a 100 people trying to figure out how to set up equipment. At least the day before your event make sure you have hooked up all the equipment and played your slideshow
We would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation regarding developing or displaying your slideshow.