Are getting married in 2024 and are on the fence about doing a first look on your wedding day?
What’s a first look you may ask. It’s when the couple sees each other before the ceremony privately, well sort of privately. Your photographer and videographer and your planner will be there to orchestrate the entire thing but from a distance. It’s a beautiful and romantic moment just for the two of you.
If you are contemplating doing a first look on your wedding day, here are some benefits and why wedding vendors suggest that you do a first look instead of waiting until you see each other at the altar.
Pre-wedding day jitters can be overwhelming, but seeing your person and getting a hug of comfort will take it all away. You spend most of your wedding morning getting ready with your friends and family. Apart from the one person you probably start your day with. It’s comforting to get a nice big hug and let some of the anxiety out before you walk down the aisle in front of hundreds of people.
This extra time before the ceremony will give your photographer and videographer time to be creative. You have the time to take wedding portraits together with little to no rush. And it allows your photography and video team some time to stretch their creative juices.
It will save you time on your wedding day to get your portraits completed before the ceremony. A big part of my job as a wedding planner is timing the day to the very minute and my wedding vendors love it when I schedule 3 hours of portraits before the ceremony. Having a first look allows them the extra time to get all the shots they need without rushing.
Enjoy Cocktail Hour
You can go to cocktail hour, enjoy your guests, have a cocktail, and eat the food you paid for. Many couples don’t get to enjoy cocktail hour and let’s face it, it’s everyone’s favorite part of the wedding. Having a first look allows you the time to enjoy your cocktail hour without guests.
There are not too many reasons not to do it, but I always understand when someone wants to keep the tradition of waiting until the ceremony.
If you’re on the fence, I hope this helps. You won’t regret it, and your photo/video team will love you for it.