To Look or Not to Look?

One of the questions we always ask our couples at our initial planning meeting is whether or not they would like to have a “first look”, meaning that they will see each other before the ceremony begins. More times than not we get a divided reply. One person is fine with the first look while the other prefers to wait and have that magic moment as the bride walks down the aisle. While this is a very personal decision for each couple, we like to offer some assistance by mentioning the pros to each.

Pros to Having a First Look:

  • You don’t have to worry about accidentally running in to each other before the ceremony & get to spend more of the day together.
  • Thanks to Pinterest, you can find some great ideas for making that first look special. This enables you to get some great and personal photos of just the two of you.
  • It will remove some of the pre-ceremony jitters.
  • If you or your partner is a big boo-hooer, this may help eliminate some of the ugly crying during the ceremony.
  • The biggest pro to having a first look is that you can go ahead and get most of your photos out of the way. This keeps the lag time shorter at your reception or enables you to attend some of the cocktail hour.

Pros to Waiting Until the Ceremony:

  • Are you very superstitious? Some consider it bad luck to see one another ahead of time.
  • Guests get to enjoy that special first sighting with you.
  • Your newlywed photos will truly be newlywed photos. Plus, you will be wearing your wedding band at this point.
  • Some brides have mentioned that the first look was “awkward”. This comes back to your comfort level. You definitely don’t want the encounter to feel anti-climactic.
  • You can’t beat that picture of the moment he sees you for the first time walking down the aisle. This is the biggest benefit to waiting.

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