Chances are before you were even engaged, you found yourself scrolling through Pinterest and saving all those perfect wedding day couple portraits. You’ve probably pinned a photo of a groom overcome with tears as he sees his bride for the first time – just the two of them. That special first look moment between just the wedding couple. During your wedding planning, you may have already asked yourself, “Should I do a first look?” To help you decide on such a personal and important aspect of your day, I’m giving you the biggest pros, cons, and inspiration for your first look.
What Is a First Look?
A first look is a tradition where the wedding couple sees each other for the first time before the ceremony. It’s usually at a private, intimate location where the couple can be alone and feel all those pre-wedding vibes together.
Benefits of Choosing a First Look
Some couples really love first looks for a few reasons. First, it gives the moment for just the two of you to be together alone and soak in all those feelings before you say ‘I-do.’ Seeing each other before your ceremony can also greatly help ease any pre-wedding nerves you may be feeling.
From a photographers perspective, we love first looks because it gives us more time for your couple portraits. We won’t be rushed after your ceremony to get all the family, bridal party, AND couple portraits before the reception starts – this can immensely ease the stress for you guys!
Benefits of Skipping a First Look
On the other hand, some couples take a more traditional stance on their day by waiting to see each other until the aisle. Skipping the first look and waiting to see each other at the altar will allow your guests to see those first emotional moments, as you see each other (cue all the crying grooms at the altar – so sweet)!
Hidden First Looks
If you’re wanting the best of both worlds, you can consider having a hidden first look. You and your love can still spend that extra alone time together and ease your nerves before your ceremony without having to see each other. This could be a perfect time to read your own vows to one another or exchange gifts without seeing each other!
At the end of the day, the most important part of your wedding is celebrating your love! Whether you’re wondering if you should do a first look or you’ve already decided on your wedding tradition, that first moment together will be perfect no matter what.
P.S. Check out Sam + Josh’s emotional hidden first look here.