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Should We Do a First Look?

Updated: Mar 21

Should you plan a first look before the ceremony? My quick answer...yes. BUT, keep reading for some pros/cons so you and your partner can make the best decision for you.

Pros of having a first look on your wedding day:

1. Intimate moment: The first look allows the bride and groom to have a special and private moment together before the ceremony, which can help calm nerves and create a sense of intimacy.

2. More time for photos: Having a first look can allow for more time to take photos before the ceremony, ensuring that you capture all the important moments without feeling rushed.

3. Better lighting: The natural lighting earlier in the day may be better for photos, compared to the lighting later in the day after the ceremony. If you ceremony is inside a dark church with strict lighting rules, or a venue with unappealing tones, this might also be a good time to consider a first look outdoors or in a controlled setting location with natural light.

4. Calm nerves: Seeing each other before the ceremony can help calm nerves and reduce anxiety, making the rest of the day more enjoyable.

Cons of having a first look on your wedding day:

1. Traditional expectations: Some couples may prefer to stick to the tradition of not seeing each other before the ceremony, and having a first look may go against their personal beliefs or cultural norms.

2. Timing constraints: Having a first look may require additional time in the schedule, which could impact other aspects of the day, such as getting ready or the timeline of the ceremony.

3. Less anticipation: Some couples may feel that seeing each other before the ceremony takes away from the excitement and anticipation of that first moment walking down the aisle.

4. Added pressure: Some couples may feel pressure to have a perfect and emotional first look moment, which could add stress to an already busy day.

Ultimately, the decision to have a first look on your wedding day is a personal one and should be based on what feels right for you as a couple. Consider your priorities, preferences, and the overall flow of your wedding day when deciding whether or not to have a first look.



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