Guide to making custom anniversary slideshows

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Anniversaries are a time to celebrate the love and commitment of two people. Whether it’s been one year or 50, this date marks an important milestone in their relationship. Customizing a slideshow for them can be a great way of honoring their past together and looking forward to what the future may hold.

This article will outline some dos and don'ts when making a custom slideshow for an anniversary, including tips on how to make the best of both worlds: something sentimental without being too overbearing.

DO think about what the couple would want

This applies to everything from the song selection to the photo choice. If you’re not sure, ask them, or if it's a surprise, ask their friends and family for ideas.

DO include photos of them throughout their relationship

A great way to show how far they’ve come is by including photos of them from the early days of their relationship all the way to present day.

We recommend including at least one photo from each year throughout their relationship, but feel free to add more if you want!

DO keep it simple

It doesn’t have to be extravagant or complicated. You can get away with very little, if you do it right. Try adding a meaningful quote at the beginning of your video to set the tone for what’s to come.

After that, make sure the slideshow is well-paced and includes a mixture of memorable moments and their corresponding photos.

DO include captions where appropriate

It can be helpful to include things like "Summer beach trip 2001" or "First Christmas together" so the audience has a bit of context.

DO make sure that photos are edited when needed

This means cropping out large blank spaces, rotating them, and making sure the brightness is right. This is your last opportunity to make sure that all of the photos are up to par, before you include them in your slideshow.

DON'T be too unoriginal

A slideshow doesn’t have to be completely filled with pictures from their wedding day.

Save some of the “important” shots - you know the ones: cutting the cake, decorating the house, and even an ultrasound of their first child - for the middle or end of your video to avoid being too predictable.

Also, refrain from using “generic” songs like "Canon in D" because chances are your friends and family have heard it way too many times before at other anniversaries.

DON'T include every little detail

Including every little thing can be overwhelming and might not be of interest to everyone watching. Stick to the most important moments and leave out the filler.

DON'T create a video that’s longer than necessary

There’s no need to make a 15 minute slideshow if the couple would rather just watch a 3 minute one. On the other hand, if they have plenty of memories to share, then go ahead and make it as long as you want! Just be sure to keep it interesting!

DON'T use wacky slide transitions

Pinwheeling from one photo to the next might seem like a good idea, but more often than not it just ends up looking silly. Try to use transitions that are subtle and classy instead.

DON'T include photos that are too personal

Just like you don’t want to overwhelm your viewers with too many details, you also don’t want to include photos that are too intimate. Save those for when they’re alone!

Creating an anniversary slideshow is a thoughtful way to memorialize one of life's happiest milestones. It’s important that you avoid these common mistakes in order for this gift to be perfect, but most importantly, you should have fun with it! Whether this anniversary slideshow is for your parents, grandparents, or your spouse, they are sure to cherish it if you put your love and personality into it.

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Sit back, relax, and let Milestone Slideshows deliver a beautiful and customized slideshow for your loved one's anniversary!

All you need to do is upload photos from your computer, arrange them in the order you choose using our easy drag and drop tool, choose the music (or have our producer choose for you), and voila! Your presentation is on the way.

Turn around time is only about 3 to 7 business days depending on weekly demand.

You will have a committed and responsive slideshow producer work with you to skillfully craft your unique presentation. You can ask as many questions as you like, make requests, and best of all - you don't pay until you are 100% satisfied.

Take the hassle out of making a slideshow, and get a professional and unique masterpiece you can share with friends and family for years to come. Get in touch with Milestone Slideshows today.

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