First looks are a very hot topic in weddings. People feel very strongly about either doing them or not doing them. I knew I always wanted to do a first look with Jared because it saves so much time after the ceremony and ensures you’ll have time for all the pictures on your list.
When we told our parents we were doing a first look they weren’t fans (I think it’s a generational thing). Once we explained why we wanted to do them and that it was going to special, they were on board.
Sure you lose that initial surprise face of the groom when you walk down the aisle, but I still think there is some surprise to it because of the nostalgia of you walking down the aisle to him.
My BIGGEST advice when doing a first look is to make it private. I was in a wedding not too long ago and the bride and groom did the first look at the front of the venue and everyone was peaking around corners and taking pictures on their phones. It really took away from the special moment, because I felt like the couple couldn’t express their raw emotions because they felt like they had to put on a show for everyone watching.
We were lucky enough to have two photographers. Each one of them led us to the location, which was about two blocks away from our venue, they set everything up and was able to capture the moment beautifully and in private.
I also recommend thinking through how you want it to go. Do you want to tap in on the shoulder? Untie a blindfold? There are tons of options on Pinterest if you need some inspiration. I went for the tap on the shoulder approach, which I loved because it was not as dramatic, but still a sweet way to get him to turn around.
I personally love the idea of a first look (obviously), what do you think? Are you more of a traditional bride or do you like have the special time before the ceremony?