A question we get asked frequently while creating timelines for our couples is whether or not they should have a first look with their partner before their ceremony, and you might be in the same boat if you're reading this!
Some couples love the surprise of seeing each other for the first time at their ceremony; others want to share that special moment with just the two of them during the first look. We like to think that both moments have their merits. Though we're a little biased and personally love first looks, we know there are so many benefits to incorporating a first look into your wedding day. Rather than debate whether or not you should, we'd recommend focusing on the why.
Here are our top 3 reasons why we think having a first look is a fantastic addition to any couple's big day:
Weddings can be hectic, and sometimes it feels like there's never enough time to spend with your partner. A first look can give you time to compose yourself before saying, "I do." It lets you enjoy a one-on-one moment together before your family and friends arrive.
Whether you're nervous, anxious, or just plain excited, you can share all of your bubbling feelings in an emotional, private moment just for the two of you (and your photographers, duh). Plus, it gives you both a chance to enjoy each other's company before the whirlwind of events takes over.
Instead of rushing around to get the bulk of your images (your wedding party, family photos, and romantics) taken between the ceremony and reception while your guests are waiting, you can maximize the hours you get with your photographer.
What we mean by this is, after your first look, we can capture your romantics (your main portraits) and wedding party photos. This gives you the opportunity to capture some family photos immediately after your romantics or right after your ceremony and opens the doors for more time with family and friends on the big day. Imagine enjoying your cocktail hour with everyone else instead of being whisked away for hours of pictures.
Some couples want to leave that first look to the ceremony because they might worry that they will spoil the moment by seeing one another beforehand. But do not fret! Even if you see your partner during your first look, they will be just as thrilled to see you walking down the aisle during your ceremony and those feelings won't fade.
So, if you're still on the fence about whether or not to have a first look, we hope these reasons have helped convince you. Remember, your wedding day is all about you and your partner, so do what feels right for the both of you. While it may not be for everyone, it offers many benefits that are worth considering. Whether it's spending more time with your partner, getting more photos, or calming your nerves, a first look can truly enhance your wedding day experience. So take some time to weigh the options and decide what works best for you and your partner!