To look or not to look, that is the question. Some couples have found themselves contemplating the idea of a First Look. A First Look is generally when a bride and groom (or bride/bride or groom/groom) choose to forgo the tradition of the two not seeing each other before exchanging vows. The anticipation leading up to this special moment is preceded by the groom standing with his back towards the bride before the big reveal. Some couples opt to exchange gifts or love letters beforehand to enhance the emotional display. The duo then turns to face each other as sparks fly. Many couples (and professionals in the wedding industry) love the idea of a First Look and here we will explain the reasons why.
1. It will help calm your nerves
For some, the mere thought of walking down the aisle in front of hundreds of family, friends, and their spouse-to-be can cause anxiety. Rather than taking a Xanax, a First Look can aid in finding yourself truly present for this joyous occasion.
2. It will allow you to attend cocktail hour
Not being able to attend cocktail hour is disappointing for some couples. After saying “I do” they feel a great way to solidify the marriage is by saying “cheers.” If partaking in the excitement with those who are near and dear are of high importance to you, doing a First Look is the perfect solution. Between dinner, your first dance, father-daughter dance, mother-groom, etc. you’ll want to spend the majority of your time on the dance floor not greeting guests. Cocktail hour allows you extra time to visit with your attendees and have actual conversations instead of giving obligatory hellos for a big portion of the night.
3. It will help your timeline run smoothly
As we mentioned above, your time is very limited during this fun-filled, action-packed day. Your wedding planner and photographer will appreciate not having to rush while taking family, bridal party, and bride and groom “romantic” photos. A good number of “romantics” can be taken after the First Look, time permitting of course. If time doesn’t allow, you can always sneak away for a brief moment from the reception to take some amazing photos before the sun sets.
4. It allows a private moment
No matter if your ceremony starts at 1 p.m. or 5 p.m., the day goes by so quickly. For some newlyweds, this will be the only moment you will have to have to converse with one another. You both will be pulled in many directions throughout the night that you will really appreciate the alone time a First Look allows.
5. It enhances your spirit
Most brides get ready early in the morning while their ceremony isn’t until 3 p.m. or later. If you decide to do a First Look right after you’re done getting ready, your hair and makeup will be completely flawless! Not to say your hair and makeup won’t hold up to the end of the night, but this is when you’re feeling your absolute best. Plus, this gives you time to retouch the smeared lipstick and mascara (wink, wink).
A First Look is not for everyone - don’t ever let yourself feel pressured. This should be something that you and your fiancé both feel comfortable with. Alternatively, you can opt out and get an equally amazing reaction from a First Look with dad. A father/daughter bond is truly like no other and if you have the opportunity to do this with your dad, our opinion is that you should.
Photos courtesy of Ata-Girl Photography