There is a lot of anticipation of seeing your future bride / groom for the first time on your wedding day, and a common question we get asked is “should we do a first look?” We love first looks for many reasons but we understand that is not for everyone. We are here to weigh the pros and cons of a first look, a first touch and a traditional aisle look so you can decide what option is best for you!
To begin, here are some reasons why we love a first look:
You Get to Enjoy a private moment alone together before the ceremony –
one of the main reasons we love first looks so much is because it gives you and your love an intimate moment alone before all the chaos of your wedding day begins. A time to enjoy the surprise of seeing each other for the first time, a moment to react, hug, cry and laugh together without an audience. It’s quite possible that this will be the only moment you have along together during the day so it’s nice to have a quiet moment together. This helps take the pressure off you both and helps calm your nerves so you can be more relaxed when it comes time for your ceremony.
A first look gives you the opportunity for more photos together –
When you choose to do a first look you’ll get more photos from your wedding day because we are able to use this time to capture those giddy, excited I can’t believe we are about to get married feels. Often times a first look also gives you the opportunity to take photos of you and your Boo in a different location because you won’t be so strapped for time and restricted to the ceremony location.
It frees up your timeline –
a first look allows you to take most of your romantic portraits before the ceremony as well as your wedding party photos and sometimes even some of your family photos. This means two things… that you’ll get to spend more time together on your big day and that you’ll have a lot more time to spend with your friends and family during cocktail hour and at your reception, and more time at your reception is a win, win for everyone involved!
We totally understand that first looks aren’t for everybody and we would never want to pressure you into doing something you don’t want to do, but It’s definitely something to take into consideration when planning for your big day!
The first touch:
Like the idea of a first look and having an intimate moment alone, but still want to honour tradition and not see each other prior to the ceremony? Maybe you should consider a first touch. What is a first touch you ask? A first touch is an awesome alternative to a first look where you touch, hold hands, etc. often times this will happen at a corner of a building, on each side of a door or doorway, etc. This could be a great time to read your personal vows to each other, exchange love letters, say a prayer, serenade your love with a love song or just to hear each other’s voice to help calm your nerves.
The Traditional Aisle Look:
Sticking to tradition is very important for some couples, and we totally get it! Seeing you soon-to-be spouse for the first time is definitely the most anticipated part of your wedding day. We’re sure most of you have dreamt of it for most of your life, the first time your partner sees you walking down the aisle, hopefully a few tears shed from their eyes, the anticipation, the excitement, an event that you get to share publicly with all your family and friends. While lots of couples are throwing away many wedding day traditions, the aisle look is still practiced by many. If seeing each other for the first time is a moment you want to share with everyone at your wedding, the traditional route is probably the best choice for you!
Just remember, it’s your wedding and you get to pick what traditions you choose to incorporate into your day. What you choose should reflect you as a couple, don’t let anyone choose these things for you. Enjoy your day the way you want! You won’t regret it, we promise.