April 7, 2020

Why doing a first look?

While First look is not a recent traction, couples are still sticking to it and some others opt for going more traditional. As the the big day approaches you might be wondering what should I do?

Let me help you decide.

Pros and Cons about first Look tradition…

While it can be a special moment on your wedding day, it can also cause unnecessary stress for some couples. My take is there’s no right or wrong decision. It’s all about what works best for you and your partner, but something I always recommend is working with your wedding photographer on your wedding day. After all, We’re experts and can help you make the most of your first look.

The Pros:

  • Save time by taking your couple portraits before ceremony

Taking pictures before the ceremony means you’ll have more time to enjoy, well, everything else (like those delicious mini tacos you picked out) or chat with your guests during cocktail hour. Just make sure you designate a secluded spot for your first look photos, so that guests won’t see you before the ceremony. Also you will have more time alone and intimate

  • Depending on time of the year you will have less daylight hours

If you’re having a ceremony during daylight savings, first-look wedding photos will be critical if you want portraits taken with natural light. The sun will be down between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., so this is your chance for pictures in the sun.

  • A first look could ease any pre-ceremony nerves

If you’re worried about being jittery or nervous on your wedding day, a pre-ceremony glimpse may be the way to go. Personally, I loved doing a first look at my own weddings. It will give you a moment before the day officially started to connect with one another and take a deep breath.  wedding is an intimate, emotional experience, and a first look means I can capture a couple together in that moment

  • If your the crying type

You can get your tears out before the ceremony. A first look definitely does not spoil the ceremony. You’ll be overwhelmed with emotion no matter what, so if you want to see your partner, don’t skip it. Your first look photos will be that much more emotional and moving, and you’ll have plenty of time for makeup touch-ups before the ceremony

The Cons:

  • You lose having your first look at the altar

Delaying the first moment you see each other builds suspense and adds emotion to your ceremony. Just make sure there’s enough time after ‘I do’ to take portraits. It may mean you need to skip out on part of your cocktail hour to score shots during that enviable golden hour or you’ll need to sneak in extra family portraits. 

  • You may have to adjust your timeline.

If you’re having a ceremony earlier in the day, a first look will mean you have to be ready even earlier than you’d planned which means you have to start getting ready earlier, too. If you dread the idea of getting up any earlier than you have to, night owls should think twice about this tradition.

  • You lose having your first look at the altar

If you’re thinking of skipping the first look for a dramatic effect, you’re certainly not alone. Delaying the first moment you see each other builds suspense and adds emotion to your ceremony. 

Well as you can see for yourself there’s more pros than cons 😉

I will always recommend a first look, there’s so many options to make it fun. Example: Each of you on your backs touching hands, not using the vails to add more drama to the walking the aisle part ;), etc

You can brainstorm ideas with your photographer.