A new wedding tradition emerging is the wedding “first look”. If you have never heard of this before it is a new tradition where the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony (gasp) yes, I said before the ceremony. Usually this is done privately and only the bride, groom and of course the photographer is present to catch those special moments when the groom see’s his bride for the first time. At first this may seem too untraditional for most couples, but here are a few reasons you may want to consider a first look.
Seeing each other before allows for a much smoother timeline. There is not as much stress associated with taking all of the pictures in a short amount of time. Most timelines give between 45 minutes and an hour to get all the post ceremony pictures done which include family, entire bridal party and romantic pictures. Put it simply, not a whole lot of time to get every shot you may want.
Another reason you may want to consider a first look is the intimate time you will get together. In a traditional timeline one of the last people to see you is the groom. Most of your wedding day is spent away form each other. A first look allows you to take as much time as you need to see each other for the first time and show the emotions you may not show with everyone around.
Which brings me to my last reason you may want to have a first look is that seeing each other can ease a lot of tension and nerves that a ceremony brings. You will already be the center of attention, which is nerve-wracking in itself. A first look lets those jitters that come with seeing each other for the first time lessen a bit.
This new tradition is definitely not for every bride and groom and you will need to do what makes you happy.
What do you think about the first look? We would love to hear your thoughts!
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