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3 Reasons Why You Should Consider a First Look

In this post, I wanted to discuss one of the trickiest decisions to make – first look or no first look? I know that this is a “newer” tradition and you might be feeling like it’s a good idea, but your family might be swaying you to go the old fashion route. Or maybe you have no clue what a first look even is! I’m going to take you through everything you need to know about doing a first look and why I believe it’s a great idea.

What is a first look?

 

It’s when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony, have a few moments alone, and get portraits done before-hand. Why do I recommend this? Because weddings go by so fast, I feel like it’s the one time the couple can slow down and be alone together (photographers are very photojournalistic during this time, and let the couple have their moment before insisting on any poses or anything like that). It’s really such a special moment!

Why should you consider this? 

  1. Doing a first look frees you up and allows you to relax during cocktail hour or mingle with your guests. If you’re having a lot of friends and family coming in from out of state, this is definitely something you’ll want to consider.
  2. You want your day to be enjoyable and smooth, so getting as much done before hand is always helpful.
  3. Most importantly, this private moment alone really sets the tone for the rest of the day, calms nerves, and gives the couple a chance to connect before the moment they are standing at the altar together.

I totally get the tradition of waiting until the bride walks down the aisle…but if you’re prone to stress or anxiety, the first look can be a calming and tone-setting alternative. But, I will say, you should have the wedding you’ve always envisioned and no photographer, coordinator, officiant or family member should pressure you into doing anything you do not want!

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