Most Entertaining Wedding Ceremony Option
have seen just about every wedding ceremony option used under
the sun. But If I had to choose the one that most captivated
an audience, it would be without question,- the use of a Photomontage.
A photomontage is typically a slide show accompanied by music.
will need the following items to create a photo montage for
slide projector and a projection screen. Your DJ may have
these items if you don't. And if your DJ doesn't have them
the odds are one of your family or friends does. So just
rich collection of photographs of the two of you. By rich
I mean plentiful and varied. Furthermore, your photo collections
should be fairly strong in three groups: each of your childhoods,
your high school/college years, and finally photos of the
two of you dating (courtship).
you will need three musical themes to bring this all together
and play as background music as the photos are advancing.
photomontage is played in mid-ceremony, just prior to the
exchange of vows. Depending on the length of the montage,
brides and grooms may either stand or, as shown above, be
seated. If seated, these seats will be brought up to them
by ushers. The bridal party, in either version, remains standing.
lights are dimmed and the montage begins. The first set of
photos shows the bride and groom in their childhood. These
photos may be intermixed. The music chosen is that appropriate
for childhood. Your DJ will help you with suggestions.
second theme takes the couple into their high school and/or
college years. That's what's happening above. Kathy is the
blonde cheerleader on the far left. Few guests would have
known she was a cheerleader and fewer still ever saw that
photo of her. Photo montages educate guests, and fill in much
of what they don't know about a bride' and groom's backgrounds.
A second musical theme is used for this set of photos. One
photo montage I watched used the Beach boys song whose lyrics
included "Wouldn't it by nice if we were older and we
didn't have to wait so long..." That theme played as
we saw the bride and groom in their dating years.
final theme takes the bride and groom from dating to engagement.
The musical theme is romantic. Photos of the bride and groom
- together - on trips, at college, with their families etc.
are played as the montage photographically and musically,
brings the couple together. Joan Osborne's rendition of Etta
James' "At Last" is an example of the type of theme
played now. Unfortunately, "At Last" has been badly
overworked in wedding ceremonies but it is an excellent example
of the kind of theme that should be chosen for the lyrics
" At last, my love has come along..."
photomontage has a run time of 6 to 10 minutes (and never
longer!). After the montage concludes, lighting is slowly
brought back up. A photomontage is extremely entertaining
and lively; and guests are enrapt as they watch the bride
and groom go through their childhood, their school years,
and ultimately their dating and romance. Photomontages give
guests, more than any other option, a strong sense of what
paths the bride and groom took to get them to this moment
as they stand before their guests, hand in hand, and begin
to take their vows.