How To Create Wedding Slideshows

By Harlan | How To, Slideshow Tutorials
21 Jun 2011

If you’re among the many couples who are researching ways on how to create wedding slideshows, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to tell you some of the different options you’ll have available to you and we’ll recommend our preferred way… which we believe is the easiest, most cost effective and in many cases, looks the best.

Keep in mind that you’ll need your images in a digital format for all of the following options. If you have physical photo prints to incorporate into your slideshow, you might need to purchase a photo scanner or have someone scan and digitize them for you. Once your photos are in a digital format, you’re ready to consider these choices:

Wedding Video Companies

Wedding video companies can offer many services in addition to just shooting your wedding video. In fact, a photo slideshow is something they are fully capable of creating. The look of a slideshow can be very simple or complex with the use of professional compositing tools and editing software. As a result, a simple slideshow costs less than a fancy one but in our experience, simple slideshows are usually pretty boring looking.  And to get a polished looking slideshow, you’ll definitely have to pay more for someone who has some motion graphic design experience.

You might be able to get a good deal if you ask the wedding video company to package in your slideshow with your wedding video. But be aware of these additional costs:

  • The number of photos used
  • Do the photos need to be scanned/digitized
  • Number of DVDs you need
  • Length of slideshow

There’s no doubt that a wedding video company is a great option. You get all your video related services done in one place which is definitely a convenience. But do your research on different companies and make sure you like who you’ll be working with before you actually hire them for your wedding.

Premium Slideshow Software or Video Editing Programs

You can purchase software that can make a slideshow for you. This option lets you take charge of your own slideshow and is great if you’re a DIY type of person. The only complication with this option is that you’ll have to learn how to use the software and that could eat up time that you could be spending on more important wedding related tasks. You’ll have to know how to install the software on your computer and set it up before you can start making your slideshow. This is a more affordable option than hiring a wedding video company.

Free Software On Your Computer

Whether you’re on a Mac or PC, you have some free options that are available to you.

If you’re on a Mac, you could use iMovie to create a photo slideshow for you. PC users have Windows Movie Maker. Both should come pre-installed on your computer. iMovie is definitely a better choice than Windows Movie Maker (sorry PC users).

If you haven’t used either of these programs, it might take some trial and error to get your slideshow made. But both programs are geared towards the video editing novice so it shouldn’t be too hard to learn.

Online Slideshow Makers

The internet is definitely a wonderful thing and you can get your wedding slideshow made right from your web browser. There are a few choices available but this is where we’d like to share our recommended service. We always refer couples to Animoto. It is simply the best looking online photo slideshow maker we’ve seen… And it’s easy to use.

Wedding Slideshow Ideas

The best thing is that you can use Animoto as much as you like for free. When you’re ready to create a full length wedding slideshow, we suggest opting for Animoto Plus which is only $30 for an entire year. During that time, you can create as many slideshows as you’d like. You could start with an engagement slideshow at first and make other slideshows featuring different parts of your wedding experience. And finish your series of slideshows with a honeymoon slideshow. All of these can be burned to DVD or shared online easily.

Which One Is The Best Option?

We’ve presented quite a few options to choose from for your wedding slideshow. Each choice has advantages depending on your budget and time constraints. We defnitely want you to check out Animoto. And you can go here for more infomation and to sign up for free. Hopefully, we’ve provided you a good starting point in getting your wedding slideshow created. In many cases, a slideshow can be more popular than a wedding video because it is usually shorter and only highlights the best moments from your event. It can be a keepsake that can be enjoyed well into the future.

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