Here are “5 Reasons To Do a “First Look” on Your Wedding Day”
What’s a “First Look”?
If you’ve never heard of a “First Look” before, don’t worry, it’s a new trend in the wedding world where the bride and groom see each other BEFORE the ceremony. I know, I know, it’s not traditional, so if you’re wanting to stick to the traditional “I want to wait till the actual ceremony for my groom to see me” then the first look might not be for you. But, if you’re open to seeing your honey before your vows, here are some great reasons to why you should!
1. Private moment
In the whirlwind of your wedding day, a first look is an intimate moment you can look forward to before you’re surrounded by friends, family and guests. This is a perfect time to be by yourselves for a few minutes to really just take in the day for all it is and to cherish the moment. If either of you are the emotional type and think you’ll cry the first time you see each other, this is a great option so you have time to freshen up your makeup and not have a beat red face for the ceremony.
2. Less Time Between the Ceremony and Your Reception
3. More Bride & Groom Portraits
Another great reason to have a first look is that you’ll usually have twice as many bride and groom portraits. After the first look is done and the tears of joy are wiped away, I love to take some portraits of my couples because the lighting is different at that time than later in the day when normal portraits are taken. Personally, I love to give my bride and grooms 2 different times for portraits to give them a variety of looks. 1 set of portraits during the day, and 1 set during golden hour. Golden hour is the hour right before sunset, casting beautiful and romantic golden light over everything. By doing a first look we have double the time to achieve these 2 different looks.
4. Eases Nerves
Your wedding day is a BIG DAY! You’ve been planning for months and the day has finally come! With such a big moment, some couples get very nervous, especially when they’ve been without their significant other from the night before and the entire morning. Doing a first look gives the bride and groom a way to see each other before being surrounded by guests and able to calm the other down. Some brides and grooms fear doing this will take away from the emotion of walking down the aisle, but from talking with them afterwards, they say the big moment of walking down the aisle is still so very different and special in its own way!
5. A Special Location
All and all, doing a first look can really help your wedding day run smoothly, but it’s not wrong if you opt to not do a First Look either. Your wedding day is YOUR DAY and ultimately I want YOU to be happy with your wedding day timeline! 🙂