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post #31 of 36
Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
If you are powerpoint savy at all, you could match music to the powerpoint slides, and save yourself having to hire someone to put it together for you.
If you use Windows, you can also use Windows Movie Maker to do the same thing in simple step by step instructions and automatic filters for the photos (page curls / dissolving into the next etc) and include music.
post #32 of 36
Thread Starter 
Yes to you both on the Powerpoint with music and even video and narration, if some is warranted... back when I had a job, one of the things I did was write, direct, and edit video productions, so I can indeed do this! It's just a matter of finding time to pull it all together.

Y'know... my parents (well, all of us) are musicians, and we have some pretty good tapes of them singing and playing... I could use those! My brother has the ability to burn those tapes to DVD, and I can take it from there with Powerpoint and iMovie. I can shoot current video, too, with my digital camera -- that would allow me to add shots of Mom's paintings, Papa's medals and certificates, the house and trees...

(Ha! I'm imagining one segment: I could use an old tape from the '60s of my father singing "King of the Road," over clips of movies shot from the front seat of the car on some of their many, many road trips... )

A video scrapbook, is what I'm talking about here. I'm starting to see it now... this could be so great! I did something similar, but much smaller, for my brother when he turned 40, and everybody just loved it. Thank you for the inspiration!
post #33 of 36
Oh thank you Carol, for this post! I'm just starting to think about my parent's 50th anniversary, this coming Valentine's Day. We had a surprise 25th for them, and they really enjoyed that. My father is in rather ill health lately, so I'm not sure a party will be an option. The idea of contacting friends and family to have them send cards, sounds like a great idea though, and very do-able. My sister is planning to come home to Michigan from San Diego....I haven't seen her for over 2 years, and my parents haven't seen her for almost 3. We're looking into taking them to Joe Lewis Arena to see a Redwings Hockey game, but there's only 5 home games the entire month of February, so I'm not sure how that will work out with my sister's schedule.

Please let us know exactly how the party goes, what you did, and what they enjoyed the most. I'd really love to know what goes over the best. I'm rather unimaginative, so I may have to borrow some of your ideas, lol!
post #34 of 36
Don't forget to take pictures and/or movies.
Even a friend with a good camera would probably do a nice job....or ask a couple/few people to take pix....then, due to the law of averages, you would probably get some nice pix.

It's ok NOT to say NO GIFTS. Especially with a dozen people. The people attending sound like they are very close relatives or friends and would probably love to help them celebrate by giving them a gift - even a gift cert from their fav restaurant would be a nice treat.

Absolutely ask for a card shower & maybe ask people to write a letter with their memories about your parents. You could even ask those with a movie camera to send you a tape - a visual/audio reminder of friends who are too far away to actually visit in person. You could add these into the power point. THIS would be an extra nice surprise for your parents!

I love the ring ideas. How will you know what size though?

WOW! You are LUCKY! Congratulations to all of you! Good Luck!
post #35 of 36
Thread Starter 
Yes ma'am, I am lucky indeed, to still have both my parents.

I was worried about the size of the rings, too, but someone else mentioned borrowing other rings that fit them... ...so that's what I'll be doing. What would I do without you guys, huh?
post #36 of 36
Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
And it's great to know that about the renewal of vows. I'll look into that... I imagine there are standard scripts to work from online, and although I'd be too tearful to officiate, I'll bet my brother could handle it.
There are a few. Here are the best ones I found:

I combined suggestions from a number of sources for my parents' ceremony. I have the script on my home computer. If you want me to send it to you, just PM me your e-mail address. (I won't be home until late this week, though.)

I totally cried all the way through it. Everbody knew I would. It was OK, though...they're all family. (Besides, they all cried, too...even my tough-guy brothers.)
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