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First Look Wedding: Is It Right for Your Big Day?

Deciding on a first look wedding is a big choice for couples. What is a first look? Simply put, it’s a private moment before the ceremony where the couple sees each other for the first time on their wedding day, away from all the guests. It’s a modern twist on the traditional moment of seeing each other at the altar. But is it right for you? Let’s dive in.

Why Consider a First Look Wedding?

Imagine having a quiet moment with your partner before the whirlwind of the day begins. That’s what a First Look offers. It’s just you two, sharing the excitement and emotion of the day without an audience. Here’s why many couples are saying “I do” to a First Look:

  • Private Moment Together: It’s a chance to be together, just the two of you, and really soak in the day before it gets hectic.
  • Photo Ops: Getting your photos done early means you won’t have to rush post-ceremony to catch the daylight. Plus, you can join your cocktail hour or have a breather together instead of posing for pictures.
  • Embrace the Moment: During a First Look, you can express your feelings without the pressure of all eyes on you. And don’t worry about losing the magic of the aisle moment; seeing your partner waiting for you there is a whole different kind of beautiful that still brings all the feels.

The Cons of Skipping a First Look

Choosing tradition means waiting for the altar sight. It’s about the anticipation. Yet, remember, your wedding marks the start of new traditions.

Insights from a Wedding Pro

After talking with numerous brides and photographing 100+ weddings, I’ve seen it all. Many couples who skipped the First Look later wished they hadn’t. Why? They missed out on relaxed photo opportunities and quality time with guests. The day zooms by, and with so much invested in it, maximizing enjoyment is key. A First Look can help ensure you get those dreamy photos and still hit the dance floor with everyone you love.

Ultimately, whether to have a First Look is up to you and your partner. From a pro’s perspective, it simplifies the day and multiplies the fun. No more posing when you could be partying!

Considerations Before Deciding

Before deciding, think about these:

  • When does the sun set on your wedding day?
  • Will your ceremony timing allow for daylight photos afterward?
  • Are you planning an extended cocktail hour to mingle with guests if you skip the First Look?
  • How long will family portraits take, especially if you have a large family?

One last thing I forgot to mention, bridal party shots. If this is something you really want on your wedding day without a first look, you will be cutting time from your portraits to ensure these get done.

Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event. Whether you opt for a First Look or not, make sure it’s a decision that feels right for you both. After all, it’s about creating memories that you’ll cherish forever.

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