Why You Should Do a First Look for Your Wedding

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Why You Should Do a First Look for Your Wedding

Today we’re talking all about the first look and why I’m totally for it!

There’s an old superstition that says it’s bad luck for a couple to see each other before the ceremony. These days, though, more and more couples are ditching this tradition in favor of a first look. It’s basically a special private moment prior to the ceremony. So instead of seeing your future spouse for the first time when you’re almost to the altar, you’ll get a sneak peek in advance.

Wondering how it all works? Usually you’ll plan for the first look to happen around two hours before the ceremony. You can have your planner, photographer or a designated bridesmaid help orchestrate it for you. The set-up involves choosing a meeting spot and having one party arrive five minutes earlier to avoid any accidental run-ins. Then I’d recommend leaving at least 10 minutes in the timeline for this magical moment to unfold so you can soak it all in.

If you’re on the fence about doing a first look, here are all the reasons why it’s so worth it.

More Memories

It makes for another amazing photo and video opp. When I look at galleries of past weddings I’ve helped plan, this moment always stands out as a favorite frame. Your photographer can help you find a secluded location with good lighting and a beautiful backdrop. These pictures will be extra special because you’re both in the shot for this moment. If you choose to go the traditional route, the first time you get a glimpse of each other, you’ll be separated by a long aisle and rows of guests.

Relaxed Timeline

Once you’ve seen each other, it gives you more time to take photos in general. It makes for an easier, less rushed day to get lots of the photos out of the way before your guests arrive. When you do a first look, you can knock out some couple photos, bridal party shots and family pics before you tie the knot. You’ll be able to get every photo on your wish list if you’re not worried about running to the reception for your big introduction.

Extra Privacy

The privacy can be a major plus for many brides and grooms. There’s so much less pressure without a million eyeballs on you. Being with your partner can also help ease any wedding day jitters. Some couples I’ve worked with wanted to make their first look even more intimate so they opted to do away with the videographer for those 10 minutes and go for still photos only.

Cocktail Hour Bliss

You planned and paid for a fun hour of drinks and mingling with your closest people — and you should attend it! Not to mention, you probably want to enjoy all the details from the “his and hers” specialty cocktails to the delicious passed hors d’oeuvres. If you still have your entire photo list to plow through after the ceremony, it also takes your parents, siblings, bridesmaids and other VIPs away from the party.

It Won’t Ruin the Ceremony

Your wedding day is already so special that a first look won’t diminish the magic of your “I dos.” Your ceremony will be just as incredible, and you will get all the feels and emotions regardless. A first look just means you get to spend even more of your wedding day together.

If you’re still not convinced and set on sticking to tradition, I’d suggest doing a first look with your dad or another special family member that’s not getting ready with you. They will be so excited to see you in your gown or tux before walking you down the aisle. You get the fun of having a reveal and you’ll get some pretty cute photos.

Did you or do you plan to have a first look at your wedding? Let me know all about it in the comments!

  • Ashleigh
    Posted at 18:01h, 20 October Reply

    Love this!! We did a first look and I wouldn’t have had it any other way! Some of the best pictures came from this and put a smile on my face every time I see them.

  • Anne
    Posted at 15:51h, 28 October Reply

    I’d for sure love to try it. This is great. Never thought of it that way.

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