As your wedding day is approaching, you may be debating on whether or not you should do a first-look before the ceremony. We understand that for some people it may be a hard “no,” as they don’t want to break tradition. However, if you’re not superstitious & you’re on the fence, here some reasons why it may be a good option for you!
The first-look is when the couple first see each other on their wedding day. As tradition goes, the groom is not to see the bride before the ceremony for fear of bad luck. However, traditions are changing & first-looks before the ceremony are becoming even more popular!
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It’s one of the only times you’ll be alone during your wedding. A moment without the pressure and all eyes on you. It’s a shared moment just for you two and it can be really romantic and make for some amazing emotional photos and videos to look back on!
Right after the ceremony is usually the time to take photos with family members while your guests go to cocktail hour. This can take up quite a bit of time. Having your first look before the ceremony allows you to get more footage and you’ll be able to make it to your reception to celebrate with your guests in a more timely manner. Keep in mind that if your ceremony is running at a later time, the lighting may not be as great after the ceremony!
There’s so much going on that sometimes you can’t process everything. It can be intimidating having all eyes on you and saying your vows in front of an audience. Seeing each other before the ceremony can help ease any nerves you may have and can help you to be more present.
Often times people think it takes the excitement out of the ceremony and this is not true! You’ll be so overwhelmed with emotion that you’ll still get butterflies walking down the aisle. It doesn’t ruin the groom’s reaction either. We’ve seen many couples still get excited, cry, and get nervous even after they’ve had a first look!
The people are here for you! Having a first look before the ceremony will allow you to spend more time dancing the night away with guests after! You’ll be able to enjoy more of the reception and see everyone who came from near and far to celebrate.
At the end of the day, this is your moment! If you want to wait, wait! There is no right or wrong answer here. We hope this helped make the decision easier. And if you’re married, or a fellow photographer/videographer, we would love to hear what you decided to do at your wedding!
Comment below if you did a first look and why or why not!
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