Everything You Need to Know About ‘First Looks’

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We all know the tradition of ensuring the bride and groom don’t see each other before the wedding ceremony. However, a new trend is gaining popularity, and it directly opposes this tradition. The idea of a “first look” is becoming more and more commonplace in weddings. Learn everything there is to know about this concept, and if it’s right for you.

What Is It?

A first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the wedding starts. At this point, both are fully dressed and ready for the ceremony. The couple share a moment to appreciate each other before the wedding begins, and the photographer gets some pictures of the couple together. Of course, the photographer will make sure to get a shot of the first look moment as well. Usually, the couple will then take photos with their families and wedding parties – after the first look and before the wedding begins.

The Benefits

Having a first look moment gives the couple an opportunity to see each other before the wedding starts, and have a moment of peace and intimacy together. It also saves time during the wedding itself, as the photographer will already have taken photos of you with your family and wedding party, meaning you don’t need to step away from the wedding for a photoshoot. And, of course, you’ll end up with pictures of that beautiful moment in which you see your loved one, all dressed up, for the first time on your wedding day.

The Drawbacks

If tradition is important to you, then a first look may not be the best choice. Furthermore, some couples argue that having a first look makes that moment of walking down the aisle less dramatic. Although we politely disagree, there’s really nothing that can hinder such an emotional moment. One thing we completely agree with, though, is that you’ll have to get ready a lot earlier if you want to have a first look photoshoot before the wedding.

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Now that you know everything about first looks, you can decide if it’s the right choice for you.