A common question when wedding planning is, should I do a first look? Did you know that the tradition of not seeing the Bride before the wedding started during the time of arranged marriages? The Groom would not see the Bride until the time of the ceremony in fear that he wouldn’t find his Bride attractive. Super romantic, right? The tradition has evolved into what we see today. The beautiful part for Bride and Grooms today is you get a choice. While I know first looks aren’t for everyone, here are what I believe to be the top 4 reasons why you should consider the first look.
RECEIVE 40% MORE PORTRAITS
If your wedding photos are a high priority, a first look would be very ideal for you! A first look naturally allows more time on your wedding day to capture portraits of you and your groom– which means a larger wedding gallery of images of you and your husband! Often times, first looks are when I capture the most authentic emotions on your wedding day. The first time you see each other is a very special moment, one that is filled with huge genuine smiles and laughs — sometimes even tears! During a first look, you can hug and embrace each other! In comparison, when seeing each other for the first time at the altar, you can’t talk or hug! First looks allow for a very personable and intimate moment of just the two of you in a portrait-type setting with the best light. These images will instantly be your favorites from the day.
CUTS STRESS OUT OF THE TIMELINE
Nothing is worse than feeling rushed and stressed out on your wedding day. When my couples opt-out of a first look, many times we are having to fit a significant amount of images (family portraits, full bridal party portraits, and bride + groom portraits, etc) into the small window of time between the ceremony and reception. If not enough time is given between the end of the ceremony and the beginning of the reception– the pressure is on! If we have bad weather or the sun is setting quickly, even more pressure! A first look diminishes this stress out of the timeline ENTIRELY.
SPEND MORE TIME WITH YOUR GROOM
Looking back on my wedding day, this would be the reason why I would do a first look if I could go back in time! First looks allow you to spend more time with your groom on your wedding day. Instead of seeing each other for the first time at the altar, you get to spend more hours together before the ceremony even begins! Plus, with a first look, it frees up time for you to spend cocktail hour together with your friends and family– since a majority of the portraits will be taken pre-ceremony!
Many grooms have told me that the first look allowed them to feel more calm and relaxed on their wedding days. The build-up to the ceremony can be a lot for guys, and often times when they get to see you before- they feel more at ease.
While there is nothing wrong with wanting to keep with tradition, I believe that first looks are becoming more popular for the reasons above! I never pressure my couples to make one decision over the other. Your wedding day is YOUR day, and it should be exactly your heart’s desire.
To get a great idea of what weddings look like with a first look, you can view some of my previous weddings here: