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.
2. Start Collecting
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.
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.
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.
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.
6. Colorful Backgrounds or Design Templates/Themes
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
Use Design Templates/Themes
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.
8. What is a Wedding Without Music?
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.
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.
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?
Now It's Show Time! Let the romance continue while you sit back with all the guests and admire your handiwork.