The Benefits of a First Look

Is a First Look right for your wedding day? Here are some things to think about:

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A lot of people are often opposed to the idea because it goes against tradition, can be considered “bad luck,” and some people believe that is a moment that should be shared by your guests as well. At first, I didn’t think I would like it. I got the opportunity to be apart of one for the first time several years ago and it completely changed my mind. Since then, I’ve gotten to do a few more and I really enjoy how it can make a day special.

If you don’t already know: traditionally, the first time you’re supposed to see your spouse is as you’re walking down the aisle. The First Look takes that moment and puts it in an intimate setting before the ceremony. Usually, it entails one person standing with their back turned and their eyes closed. Their spouse-to-be will then approach them and share a quiet moment together before the ceremony.

Would doing a First Look make sense for you? Here are a few reasons why you might want to consider it:

#1 It’s a beautiful moment for the couple

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First Looks can be done a few different ways. You can really get creative with them. Some couples do it the way I described above, others will stand around a door frame and hold hands. It’s one more way to stand out on your wedding day and do something completely different.

They can be very emotional and it’s just a nice moment to have in a day that can go by so quickly. The first time I did a First Look, the groom stood with his back turned at the end of a long hallway. The maid of honor brought the bride to the end of the hallway and waited. The bride approached her husband-to-be and the groom cried in anticipation. It was beautiful to see this expression of love. The maid of honor watched the moment from the end of the hallway and later said she’s so glad she got to witness such a beautiful moment for her friends.

#2 It gives you more time to play around with

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Your wedding day is a whirlwind. Putting a wedding on means not always getting to see the result of your hard work. If you’re someone who doesn’t want to miss out on their cocktail hour (which is when formals and other photos happen a lot of the time), a First Look gives you a little extra cushion. Because you’ve already seen each other, you can also plan to take bridal party photos and such before the ceremony. Freeing up more time to party!

Ultimately, it’s up to what will make more sense for your day.

You have to consider what works for your day. I didn’t end up doing a First Look at my own wedding because I knew my mom would’ve been less than thrilled. I decided to pick my battles on that one haha. But, I did consider it and I’m excited to say that I’m photographing a First Look later this month.

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