To have a first look, or not to have a first look? That is the question. In recent years, the concept of a first look has grown in popularity for many reasons. Even a traditional gal like me can see the appeal. As with any new wedding trend, there are things you and your significant other should consider before making a decision for your own special day. Today, we’re sharing some of the pros and cons of a first look in the hopes that you can decide what’s best for you and your journey to wedded bliss.
- You can get a lot of photos taken before the ceremony.
A typical wedding timeline will have an hour after the ceremony dedicated to photos while guests enjoy cocktail hour. That can be quite the time constraint if you don’t get to take any before the ceremony. A first look allows you to knock out almost all the portraits, so all that’s left is family photos during cocktail hour.
- You and your love have a few private moments together.
If you consider yourself a private person, a first look may be perfect for you. It can be so sweet and romantic to sneak off with your love for a few private moments together. This will allow you to get any nervous jitters out of the way and say what you want to say before you have an audience.
- You’ll have more time to spend with your guests after the ceremony.
Remember cocktail hour? A lot of times, the couple doesn’t get to enjoy that part of the event because they’re busy taking photos. When you have a first look before the ceremony, there’s a good chance you’ll finish post-ceremony photos with enough time to mingle and enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine.
- You have to get up earlier.
I don’t know about you, but I am not a morning person. Add that to the fact that, due to nervous excitement, you’re not going to sleep the night before your wedding, and you could find yourself feeling pretty groggy on the happiest day of your life.
- It could take away that dramatic moment walking down the aisle.
There’s something to be said about seeing your love for the first time walking down the aisle. That tends to be when the photographer gets those emotional groom shots. Having a first look could diminish the emotional impact of that moment.
- It breaks tradition.
If you’re superstitious or value tradition in any way, a first look probably isn’t for you. It was originally believed that seeing your significant other on your wedding day, before you walk down the aisle, was bad luck. Whether that’s true or not, many people just love the idea of holding onto the past. At the end of the day, none of the first look pros matter if you love the sweet traditions of days gone by.
To quote the beginning of this post, to have a first look or not to have a first look? The important thing to remember is that, while there are many pros and cons of a first look, you have to do what’s best for you. Our amazing team can guide you on your journey to wedded bliss. Contact us to tell us how we can help you plan your big day!