Should I do a first look?

April 2, 2012 BY Leigh Anna

As Wedding Photographers, one of the most frequently asked questions we get is “Should we see each other before the ceremony?” Although some brides like to be traditional, we think you should. Here are some of our top reasons you should consider doing a first look:

1. It’s really nice to have the first time you see each other be in private (besides your photographers…of course). It allows for you both to spend a few minutes really taking in the moment and feeling the emotion together without anyone else around. We like to take the bride and groom off by themselves for at least 30 minutes after the first look to capture the couple portraits at a time when you are feeling amazing, not stressed. It’s easy to feel rushed after the ceremony to complete the long list of family, wedding party, and couple photographs while everyone else waits on you to finish. Doing a first look eases that pressure. If you choose to do a first look, it might turn into some of the only un-rushed, alone time you and your fiancee will get all day.

2. You spend a lot of money on the cocktail hour/reception, you might as well get to enjoy it. If we have to do couple photos, plus family/wedding party, it easily takes the entire hour…and some sometimes it can get a bit stressful because everyone is ready to go celebrate.

3. It’s really nice to have great close up photos of that first moment. Of course, your photographers should have photos of the ceremony as well, but it doesn’t allow them time to set up the photos and have control of the area like doing a first look does.

4. Consider the time of day: The light is better during the day, or at sunset, than it is at night. If you want your couple or family photos taken outside, you’ll need to consider what time of day the photos will take place.

5. It’s a stress reliever. Believe me, the brides and grooms that see each other at a first look are instantly calmer and happier. There is just something that happens that is a bit magical….I can’t really explain it.

It’s good to discuss these points with your fiancee before making your decision. Whatever your choice, we are sure it will be the right one for you. There’s no reason to let the little decisions weigh you down. Either way, your wedding day will be your best day yet….we hope you enjoy the entire process of getting there.

3 Responses to Should I do a first look?

  1. Anni Bruno says:

    Awesome advice you guys!

  2. Jess says:

    Great tips! I have never had a couple regret choosing to include a first look in their wedding day. I even recently had a groom tell me it was his favorite part of the wedding day! Check out his story: http://www.jessicaschmittphotography.com/blog/2012/02/tracykevin/

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