If you haven’t already had this conversation with your photographer and filmmaker , you should! The decision to have a ‘first look’ will affect the timeline of your day, and the number and quality of photos and video you will have. We get so many questions from couples to have a first look or not we have broken down the pros and cons to having a First Look at your wedding.
A first look is a staged meeting of you and your fiancée before you two walk down the aisle. It is usually followed up with a photo session before the ceremony begins.
If you are a strictly traditional couple, you will most likely want to skip out on this, however, all couples should educate themselves to make sure they make the best decision for their wedding.
Pros: Because the photographer and cinematographer have time on their sides you will most likely have more time for getting photos. Because this is posed shot sequence, and there are no other guests or formalities to think about, the photographer and cinematographer have creative freedom, directing the couple for the perfect shots- plus they will have more aloted time since your not rushing to your cocktail hour. If your cermeony ends after dusk, you may want to consider doing a first look so that you can get some fantastic natural lit photos. The best plus is that after the ceremony, you will have much more time with your guests and enjoying your wedding- because isn’t this why your having a wedding int he first place?
The short: More “just us” photos and a great video opportunity to capture those emotions, taking photos at the optimal time of day, and more time at your wedding.
Get your tissues! Watch as this groom’s reaction to seeing the bride for the first time.
Cons: If you are traditional, and have always dreamed about seeing one another – for the first time- looking down the isle, this may not be for you. Although first looks’ can be very imitate and emotional, this is not the traditional way of seeing one another. Also, you will have to plan to have more time with your photographer and cinematographer because your day will start earlier.
The growing trend of first looks is proof that it’s worth thinking about.
Alternatives to The First Look:
If you’re not keen on seeing each other, there are some fun alternatives to the first look. Like a father daughter first look or revealing the dress to the bridesmaids. To see more ideas, check out the recent blog pot about alternative first looks.
Watch as this bride sees all of her Bridesmaids for the first time.