To look or not to look— that is the question! 😉
I get this question a lot from Brides! The First Look is a fairly modern trend where a Bride and Groom take some time to see one another before the wedding ceremony without guests around. Let’s dive into some of the pros/cons of the first look and some things to consider when you’re making this decision…
The first look gives the Bride and Groom a brief moment to breathe and just be with one another on their wedding day. This trend has gained popularity for a few reasons:
1. It’s a chance for the Groom’s raw emotions to be captured privately when he sees his Bride for the first time. Oftentimes, Grooms are more likely to get emotional when guests aren’t watching!
2. It gives the Bride and Groom the chance to see each other first. The wedding guests have a moment to see the Bride as she walks down the aisle, but the Groom gets to be the first- SO special!
3. Practically speaking, it can definitely help with the flow of the wedding day. Post ceremony is typically filled with family photos, bridal party photos, as well as Bride and Groom Photos. In the busyness of it all, sometimes the time crunch can end up limiting time with the Bride and Groom, and doing a first look allows for extra portrait time prior to the ceremony.
No first look:
A lot of the hesitancy surrounding the First Look comes from wanting to keep tradition. There is a moment of awe that happens when a Groom sees his Bride walking down the aisle for the first time. Remember ladies, the Groom has a vision for his wedding day too. 🙂 That vision might include wanting to see you for the first time while you’re walking down the aisle to marry him. Every couple has to make this decision together according to what suits them best.
If you opt out of the First Look, you need to make sure you chat with your photographer and make sure you have enough daylight following your ceremony for portraits. Oftentimes, this can mean having a slightly longer cocktail hour. It’s best to have this discussion before you even set your ceremony time, since that will dictate how much daylight is left after!
When it comes down to it, you have to decide what is best for you and your fiancé. Discuss it with one another and if you don’t agree right away, take some time to find a compromise! Talking to your photographer and wedding planner or coordinator can also help give you different perspectives of what the timeline of the day can look like when it comes to making your decision!