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Wedding PowerPoint Presentations

Create a Trip Down Memory Lane in a Wedding Presentation

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Everyone loves a wedding reception.  The ceremony is over and all the players and guests are relaxed and happy.

Many wedding receptions today will show an on-going PowerPoint presentation with old photos of the bride and groom and their antics, both before and after they met.  The good news is that it is really easy to show the love to the couple by creating a wedding PowerPoint presentation.

Use these ten tips below as a guide to getting organized and creating a wonderful memory for the newlyweds.

1. First Things First -- Make a Checklist

PowerPoint wedding checklist
image courtesy Microsoft

You are eager and think you are all set to go to start creating this PowerPoint slide show. However, it is best to sit down, go through your ideas and make a checklist of what to do and what to gather for this milestone occasion.

Make a Presentation Checklist

2. Start Collecting

Collect old photos for wedding PowerPoint presentation
© Wendy Russell

Think about what you would like to share with the happy couple as well as all the guests. Make it a true "trip down memory lane" by searching out:

  • photos of the couple as children
  • photos with their friends and family
  • photos of important dates in their lives -- (graduations, when they met...)
  • scan photos if you do not have digital copies
  • scan any precious mementos the couple may have if you can get your hands on them -- (theater program from high school, dried rose...)
  • download special songs

The list is only as long as your imagination to make this a very special presentation.

3. Optimize the Pictures - A Best Use Practice

Crop photos to reduce file size for use in wedding PowerPoint presentation
Collect photos for wedding PowerPoint © Wendy Russell

Optimizing is a term used to indicate a change to a photo to reduce it in both visual size and file size, for use in other programs. You need to optimize these photos before you insert them into your presentation. This goes for the above mentioned love letter too. Scanned images are often huge.



4. Digital Photo Album Tool is Quick and Easy

Wedding PowerPoint presentations using digital photo album tool
PowerPoint digital photo albums © Wendy Russell

This tool has been around for the last few versions of PowerPoint.  The Photo Album tool.  This makes it quick and easy to add one or several photos to your presentation at the same time.  Effects such as frames and captions are ready and  available to jazz it up to your liking.

Digital Photo Albums in PowerPoint 2010
Digital Photo Albums in PowerPoint 2007
Digital Photo Albums in PowerPoint 2003

5. Compress Photos to Reduce Overall File Size

Compress photos for wedding PowerPoint presentation
Compress photos © Wendy Russell

If you didn't know how or didn't want to bother with optimizing your photos, (see step 2 above) you have one more chance are reducing the overall file size of your final presentation.  You can use the Compress Photos option.  By compressing the photos, the presentation will run more smoothly.

Compress Photos in PowerPoint 2010
Compress Photos in PowerPoint 2007
Compress Photos in PowerPoint 2003

6. Colorful Backgrounds or Design Templates/Themes

PowerPoint Wedding design theme
PowerPoint design themes © Wendy Russell

Whether you want to go the easy route and simply change the background color of the presentation or decide to coordinte the whole show using a colorful design theme is a simple matter of a few clicks.

Download Free Wedding PowerPoint Templates

Add Background Colors and Graphics
PowerPoint 2010
PowerPoint 2007
PowerPoint 2003

Use Design Templates/Themes
PowerPoint 2010
PowerPoint 2007
PowerPoint 2003

7. Use Transitions to Smoothly Change From One Slide to Another

Using transitions in a wedding PowerPoint presentation
© Wendy Russell

Make your slide show move smoothly from one slide to another by applying transitions.  These are the flowing movements while the change is happening.  If you presentation has different topics addressed (such as the young years, dating years and just plain fun) then it might be an idea to apply a different transition to separate sections, to set them apart.  Otherwise, it is best to limit the number of movements, so that the audience is focused on the show and not on what movement will happen next.

Slide Transitions in PowerPoint 2010
5 Tips About Slide Transitions
Slide Transitions in PowerPoint 2007
Slide Transitions in PowerPoint 2003

8. What is a Wedding Without Music?

PowerPoint wedding music
Wedding music © Stockbyte/Getty Images

Every couple has "their song". Add that song to the presentation and watch the happy couple gaze lovingly at each other. You can add more than one song to the presentation and start and stop on specific slides for effect, or have one song play throughout the whole slide show.

World Music Songs for Weddings

Add Music in PowerPoint 2010
Add Music in PowerPoint 2007
Add Music in PowerPoint 2003
Fix PowerPoint Music Problems

9. Automate the Wedding Presentation

PowerPoint Custom Timings and Effects
PowerPoint Timings © Stockbyte/Getty Images

During the reception you can look around and watch everyone enjoying all your hard work. Simply automate the slide show so it plays all by itself.

Custom Timings and Effects in PowerPoint

10. How Was the Rehearsal?

Rehearse PowerPoint
PowerPoint rehearsal © John Rowley/Getty Images

No show would ever go live without a rehearsal. PowerPoint has a slick tool that lets you sit back and watch the presentation and click the mouse when you want the next thing to happen -- next slide, next picture to appear and so on. PowerPoint will record these changes and then you know it will run by itself - smoothly, not to fast and not too slow. What could be easier?

Rehearse and Record PowerPoint Timings

Now It's Show Time! Let the romance continue while you sit back with all the guests and admire your handiwork.

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