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Learn how to Use A Photomontage in your wedding ceremony.
Wedding Ceremony Photo Montage
Kathy and Anthony watch their photo montage at Royal Gardens - Chicago, Illinois.

The Most Entertaining Wedding Ceremony Option

I 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.

You will need the following items to create a photo montage for your ceremony:

  • A 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 ask around!
  • A 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).
  • Finally, you will need three musical themes to bring this all together and play as background music as the photos are advancing.

A 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.

The 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.

The 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.

The 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 are killer....
" At last, my love has come along..."

A 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.


David and Kristin's photomontage at the Rialto Square Theater - Joliet, Illinois.
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