To first look or not to first look?
If you’re planning a wedding, chances are that you’ve heard the term “first look”. If you haven’t heard of it or you’re having trouble deciding, this is for you.
For those of you wondering what a first look is, it’s when the bride and groom see each other for the first time on the day of the wedding. It’s usually done in a quiet, private area where it’s just the two of them (and a couple photographers watching from afar!). This is opposed to the groom seeing the bride for the first time when she walks down the aisle.
About 90% of my couples request to do a first look instead of waiting for the wedding ceremony.
Wondering why? Here’s a handful of reasons why clients request and rave about first looks!
1. More Personal
This is by far the most common reason for a first look. Couples love sharing that moment between the two of them. First looks are more personal, intimate and get the best reactions!
2. More Time To Mingle With Guests
After the ceremony everyone wants to go unwind and celebrate! Having a first look allows you to take photos before wedding. This means you don’t have to worry about wrangling the troops for family photos after and you get a longer cocktail hour with your guests!
3. Zero Pressure
Without everyone watching and waiting for reactions, you can relax and focus on the two of you and not everyone else’s expectations.
4. More Time Together On The Wedding Day
This is my favorite reason for a first look and one of the reasons I personally chose one on my wedding day. After all that planning, it feels great to enjoy it together.
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5. Get Rid Of Those “Pre-Wedding” Jitters
All of that anticipation can make couples nervous and anxious. (I personally know I was!) Once that moment is over, couples can relax, steal kisses and enjoy the day together.
What do you think about first looks? Would you have one? Let me know below!
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[…] I always suggest to my couples that they have a first look on their wedding day before the ceremony. Doing a first I always suggest that my couples have a first look on their wedding day before the ceremony. Doing a first look can save a lot of time on your wedding day. Instead of waiting after the ceremony to complete the family portraits, bridal party, and the bride and groom portraits, you can do some, if not all, beforehand! Doing a first look will allow you to enjoy more of the day. Instead of rushing through all the portraits so that you get to your reception on time, you can enjoy cocktail hour with your guests! If you’re having trouble deciding on whether you should do a first look or not, check out my post, 5 Reasons Couples Choose a First Look! […]