Benefits of Doing a First Look at your Wedding
A trend that is becoming more and more popular at weddings is the first look. During a first look, a bride and groom will actually see each other prior to the wedding ceremony. Some couples are uncertain about the new trend, but there are many benefits to doing a first look.
Because you will have already seen each other, you'll be able to do all of your wedding party photos before the ceremony! Most pictures come out best in natural lighting. Taking your pictures before the ceremony means you'll be able to take advantage of the best light. You'll also be able to enjoy your cocktail hour! Without taking pictures before the ceremony, you'll need to take almost all of them afterward while the cocktail hour is going on. But, if you are at the cocktail hour, you'll be able to greet your guests during this time so you can spend the rest of your evening dancing the night away!
"We had time constraints at our ceremony/reception venue (The Newport Aquarium!) so we didn't want to burn too much reception time while we did a lot of photos after the ceremony. We did individual portraits, first look and bridal party beforehand and did a few quick snaps with family afterward. An added benefit of the first look was that my husband was probably the only person capable of calming me down that day, so seeing him beforehand helped take me down a notch. " - Jennifer F. The A-minus Mama
2. A moment to yourselves
It goes without saying that weddings can be hectic and the day will go by in a blur! There is so much excitement and anticipation built up for one day, it's nice to have a moment with your future spouse to breathe and relax. Once the day gets going, you probably won't have many other chances to just be together. A first look lets you get the jitters out without the pressure of 100 eyes all on you.
"With the style of our videos we usually push for first looks and the best reason I've heard and began to use was from one of our past couples"..."The first look was much more intimate rather than having your first moments together being in front of all their guests and unable to speak to each other for 30 minutes. It's also another nice moment to exchange letters or gifts. I always thought that was such an interesting take on it." - Steve M. Little Tree Studios
3. You'll still have that big moment
Most couple's that are on the fence about whether or not to have a first look feel as though they might miss out on that "big moment." The first time you see your soon-to-be-spouse on your wedding day will be special, whether it's at the altar or before.
If you're still not sure on doing a first look, Bride's has a great article where Real Brides Reveal their Thoughts on Having a First Look. It's true, a first look isn't right for everyone. In our opinion, we think they are pretty awesome. We have had the opportunity to shoot many first looks, and it's our favorite part of the day! One of our couples from 2016 did a first look in which you could actually hear his racing heart during their hug! See the article on their Wedding First Look Heartbeat to watch the magic in action.