Should I Do a First Look?

You’ve been doing a lot of research about planing and at this point, we’re sure your brain is saturated with all things wedding.

You’ve probably come across the term “first look” and you might be wondering, “What is a first look?” and “What are the benefits of doing a first look?” and “Is is bad if I break wedding tradition and do a first look instead?”

Well, we have all the answers you need right here.

The first look is a brief and touching moment that allows you and your fiancé to get a sneak peek of one another before walking down the aisle and tying the knot. This can be an incredibly sacred and intimate moment, taking place away from your wedding party and your guests or it can be on display in front of your wedding party so everyone can squeal when your fiancé breaks down in tears.

Torn between keeping tradition or breaking it? Keep reading!

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Although we love a tear jerking first look, there is definitely something to be admired about seeing each other for the first time during that fateful walk down the aisle. Below we look at a few things to help nudge you in the right direction!

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  1. Breaking Wedding Traditions

The tradition of waiting for the altar stems from an old wives tale that suggests that bad luck will follow if the bride and groom if see each other prior to tying the knot.

Today, for the many couples who choose to stick to tradition, they do so because they believe that it creates an alluring mystique.

For those that choose to go against the grain, it’s often for one of two reasons, which we’ll touch on next!

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  1. Saving Time in your Wedding Day Timeline

By doing a first look, you are able to take pictures before to the ceremony, which could potentially save hours of time. This would also allow you to get to cocktail hour and your reception faster. Instead of missing the cocktail hour while you’re out taking portraits, you’ll be able to relish in the fruits of your wedding planning labor. And honestly, who wouldn’t want to spend a little more time at cocktail hour?

If you opt out of a first look, you may not save time, but you will be have that moment down the aisle to look forward to.

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  1. The “OMG” Moment in your Wedding Video

Some couples fear that having a first look will take away from that sacred moment of seeing each other down the aisle… He sees you approach with your veil, tears well up, and boom! The feels strike.

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Fortunately, we’ve seen that this is still the case for couples who have opted for the first reveal. Why, you might ask? Well, they are two completely separate events. Depending on the couple, neither experience will strip away the emotion from the other because it’s still a once-in-a-lifetime day.

Think about it for a second: The entire day is going to be super exciting so there’s very little that could take away from the moment when you see each other, no matter where you are.

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A first look allows you both to steal a moment during the day for you to reconnect and savor the moment you have longed for, without any distractions. This is a moment shared only between you and your love bug (and your videographer!). It’s intimate, emotional and all your own.


Whether you’re in the first weeks or  first months of planning, don’t skip over one of the most important vendors for your big day: a videographer! Check out the full video above and see more of our work in our beautiful portfolio of wedding videos here! Also, take a peak at our current collections and pricing right now.



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