A first look is a moment staged by the photographer, allowing the bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony. Nerves are high, suspense is built, and the location is chosen to provide beautiful photographs.
In the past, couples would wait until the ceremony to see each other, but today a first look is very common. Here are the top 4 reasons I believe you should do a first look on your wedding day.
You’re investing a good portion of your wedding budget in photography. When you do a first look, you’ll usually be able to take 50% more portraits of the two of you.
These images will become some of your favorites. Not to mention they are the ones you will decorate your first home with! With a first look, you make the most out of this large investment and are able to get the most for your money.
With a first look, you’ll be able to get intimate time alone with your fiancé when seeing each other. If instead you decide to see each other for the first time as you come down the aisle, it’s a whole different experience.
When your fiancé sees you, he can’t touch you, embrace you or even speak to you. You’ll have to wait until 30 minutes later when the ceremony is over for him to react and tell you how amazing you look, and after 30 minutes of the ceremony, the reaction isn’t the same as that initial first glance.
A first look allows you to extend the time you get to relax and enjoy your wedding day. Without a first look, the wedding day begins when you come down the aisle. After the ceremony, you would rush through portraits so that you’re not late for the introductions, and then it’s reception time.
With a first look, the time you’re able to enjoy your wedding day is extended by almost 3 hours! Instead of being rushed for your bridal party portraits, you actually get to relax and have fun hanging out with your best friends on your wedding day. Couples that opt for a first look often fill the first half of their wedding album with images just from this time together before the ceremony.
A first look gives you time to be together and alone on your wedding day. The energy of seeing each other and spending some alone time together also puts you in the perfect mood for romantic portraits.
Without a first look, portraits are often rushed after the family pictures. It can be hard to really get back into that euphoric frame of mind that you had when first seeing each other—especially with family around!
Taking those romantic photos right after your first look will guarantee you and your fiancé look and feel amazing. I always capture some of my favorite images of the day during those moments!
This is a big one—you minimize any of your wedding day nerves!
Most of the couples I’ve worked with in the past weren’t sure about doing a first look at first. Because they have never experienced their wedding day before, they didn’t know how nerve-racking it can be. Your groom might not think he will get nervous, but I find more often it’s the groom who feels the wedding day nerves the most!
Once you see each other, those nerves disappear. Both you and your fiancé will feel so much more relaxed and ready for the ceremony.