A “first look” is when you see your fiancé before the wedding ceremony, and it is quickly becoming a tradition for many couples. We totally love this! From a simple tap on the shoulder, to elaborate plans with balloons, a first look can be as much or as little as you want. However, many couples when deciding whether or not to do a first look don’t realize it makes a big difference to your timeline. There are a lot of reasons that seeing each other before the ceremony may be the best option for your wedding day, such as…
You have a fall or winter wedding
While the foliage or snow is amazing, it gets dark quickly this time of year. There may not be much time after your ceremony to fit in family, wedding party, and moments with just the two of you. A first look ensures you have those outdoor photos with plenty of pretty light!
You want to attend cocktail hour
After the ceremony you want to CELEBRATE… not stand for formal photos. We totally understand you just want to get to the party! A first look allows you to have most photos done ahead of time, getting you to the fun part faster.
You want a lot of pictures of the two of you
If portraits are really important to you (and they should be!!), then a first look is a great option. We can capture the magic moment of seeing each other for the first time, as well as sneak you away for photos. It always hurts our heart when we have to rush through photos with the two of you because family formals took up all our time.
You have a lot of family or wedding party
Speaking of family and wedding party, consider how many people you will want photos with. The larger the groups, the longer those photos will take. You will appreciate having the opportunity for photos before the ceremony as well as after so that you have all the time you need.
You cry easily
Emotions run high on wedding day. People whose eyes leak on happy occasions may want to use a first look as a time to let those tears free before the ceremony. That way you still have time to freshen up again before you walk down the aisle.
You want to spend alone time with each other
Um, who doesn’t? It’s your wedding day, but yet there won’t be a lot of time for the two of you to be alone. We can totally be your excuse to sneak in some snuggles. A first look is the perfect opportunity for time away from the hustle of your wedding day preparations and to just relax in each other’s company. Sounds amazing, right?
Considering a first look might make the most sense for your timeline, giving you time to breathe and enjoy the day that you have spent so long planning. Even with all this said, we totally understand the wish to wait until the ceremony for that moment. We promise – no matter when you see the love of your life on your wedding day, it is going to be special!