One of the big decisions in the wedding world revolves around whether you want to have a first look before your ceremony or not. It’s one of the first questions we ask when it comes to scheduling your day because quite a bit depends on it! We are of the opinion that it’s your choice, but we’ll present you with the pros and cons of each situation.
It’s not traditional, but we encourage you to see each other before the ceremony as it alleviates the stress of the wedding day. After years of shooting, invariably, couples that saw each other beforehand felt it made the day less stressful. In addition, it’s one of the few times you get alone time with your partner during the wedding day.
Every couple of ours that has done a First Look tells us that it doesn’t take away any experience from the ceremony. Even after a first look, we still have had grooms bawling as they laid eyes on their bride to be walking down the aisle.
If your ceremony and reception are at the same location, it’s probably the only for you to relax and enjoy cocktail hour with your friends and family. We want you to enjoy the day rather than losing that valuable time with guests for family portraits.
If tradition is important to you and you don’t want to see each other all done up before the ceremony, consider having breakfast together early in the day before getting ready for the wedding. Again, it might be one of the only times of the day you get alone time.
All that said, if the schedule of the day does allow for quite a bit of time between the ceremony and reception, you may not need a first look. Or if you’re having a church ceremony early in the day and an evening reception, it may be best to not have a first look and see each other for the first time during the ceremony itself. The choice is up to you.