The First Look: Pros and Cons

The first look is becoming more and more popular. First looks are very non-traditional but are starting to become a tradition. So what is your decision? Hopefully reading this will help you answer any questions you may have about doing a first look.

Vision In White Events, First LookWhat is a first look?

A first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. Their wedding photographer is there ready to capture this sweet intimate moment. Some couples just want it to be the two of them, while others do not mind the bridal party or close family there to witness this very special moment.

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Why have first looks become so popular?

First looks are becoming more popular because couples are able to get most of their photos together before the ceremony. Being able to take photos before the ceremony means you will only need to get family photos afterward, therefore, you and your husband/wife will be able to enjoy cocktail hour with your guests. It also gives you more time to be able to talk with your guests without feeling rushed before the night is over. Plus, you get more than an hour’s worth of photos that you’d get after the ceremony.

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What are the Pros of having a first look?

  • If you are afraid of being anxious on your wedding day, having a first look before your ceremony will help calm any nerves you may have.
  • Doing first looks gives you and your husband/wife time together alone before your wedding starts so you can enjoy each other without being pulled away from friends and family.
  • Photographers love it when couples choose to have a first look because they can be right there to capture this memorable moment for the bride and groom.

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What are Cons to having a first look?

  • If you choose to do the first look, this means you will have to get up earlier and be completely ready for pictures sooner than expected.
  • With having to get ready so early, there is a possibility that the bride will need to do touch-ups on her hair and makeup before the ceremony.
  • Summer weddings are beautiful, but if you choose to have the first look then your flowers could start to wilt by the time of the ceremony. You want to make sure your flowers look perfect!
  • Traditionally when it comes to the wedding day, seeing each other before the ceremony is considered bad luck. If you or your soon-to-be husband/wife have traditional values, having a first look may not be the best option for you and you will also lose that special moment when seeing each other at the ceremony.

Let us know if you did a first look and if you liked it. We hope this helps you make the best decision for you and your fiance!


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