This burning question seems to be on the “newish” side of wedding day traditions. Whether the bride & groom should opt for a first look (an intimate moment together prior to the walk down the aisle) or opt for that magic moment when they see each other for the first time as the bride walks down the aisle. Keep on reading to learn more about which might be right for you!
There is a large amount of material out there on this topic and photographers seem to have different ideas of what works best. Whichever you choose, a good photographer will make it work and a good planner will keep you on schedule.
The biggest concern for couples seems to be the loss of the magical moment when the groom sees his bride for the first time. With a first look, this element may lose a little of the drama, however, it does give the groom a chance to get some of the nerves out beforehand. And don’t overlook the intimacy of laying eyes on each other for the first time in a private setting where you are allowed to talk and kiss and gush all over each other. Then, later, the drama will still be there (and probably some tears), especially with the addition of family and friends, music, and atmosphere.
First looks have changed the game for wedding photography. Many couples opt for a first look to get some incredible photos of the happy couple in different locations besides the ceremony site. This gives the photographer the chance to be creative and get some extra photos that wouldn’t be captured otherwise.
Either option also affects the timeline. Consider a first look if you want to get family and wedding party photos completed so you can head straight into your reception. The alternative is to take those photos during cocktail hour and then join your guests later for the reception.
We won’t deny that there is a certain romance to not seeing each other until the bride walks down the aisle to her betrothed. The tradition is beautiful and to be respected. Some brides have adopted a new tradition of a “first touch”. This is when the bride and groom are separated by a wall, door or other partition and hold hands without actually seeing each other. This is a sweet moment that can ease nerves. It is also a great time to exchange gifts and get great photos.
No matter which way you are leaning, discuss with your photographer what types of photos you are looking to capture and how they best feel they can deliver those photos. Both options have great merits. Have more first look questions? Send us an email and we’ll ask one of our INKlist Counsel wedding pros!
Photography Credit: Laning Photography