Should We Do A First Look?
What is a first look you may ask? Well, a first look on your wedding day gives the opportunity for the bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony.
I know, I know. I can hear all the traditional people in the back screaming at me - TABOO! But there are some pros and cons to having a first look on your wedding day!
I won't lie - there is something so special about a groom seeing his bride for the first time walking down the aisle. I mean come on, talk about MAGICAL. But for those of you who are considering a first look, let's dive into the pros below.
- Wedding day jitters: Having some serious nerves about your wedding day? All of those people staring at you as you walk down the aisle. It can be pretty intimdating. Having a first look will calm your nerves for sure! Take some time for just you and the groom before the ceremony to revel in each other's wedding day glory. You'll still get a great reaction from your groom as you walk down the aisle - I promise!
- It saves time: By having a first look, you will be able to create so many more photo opportunites. Hate having a gap between the ceremony and reception? You can significantly reduce that photo time frame by allowing time for group photos before the ceremony. The lighting will usually be better too - your photographer will thank you!
- It may be the only "alone" time you have on your wedding day: Wedding days can feel like a total whirlwind. You can get so caught up and pulled in so many different directions on your big day, that sometimes you don't even get a moment to enjoy the day together. By having a first look you can spend time one on one with your soon to be spouse. It's also a great time to read personalized vows to one another too - because let's be honest, sometimes you don't feel like reading your total heart and promise to make grilled chesses for one another in front of absolutely everyone.
- Still not sold on a first look? Consider having a first look with your bridesmaids and/or parents: If you still are dreaming of your groom seeing you walk down that aisle with a heavenly host of angels around you - then I won't steal that from you. However, perhaps you would consider having a first look with your best girls - their reaction to you in your dress is always so good! Or, have a moment alone with your dad or mom. Dads can give a pretty epic reaction.
So those are my thoughts on first looks! There is no right or wrong way on your wedding day! After all, it is YOUR wedding day and you should do what makes you happy. Let me know - what is your preference? Are you team first look or more traditional?