Happy Friday everyone! Today I am feeling super festive, as I have my first Christmas...
Today I wanted to open up the blog to you and ask you a question; would you consider a first look on your wedding day?
If you don’t know what a first look is, it’s when a wedding couple decide to see each other prior to the actual wedding ceremony, kind of a big reveal but just the two of them (and your photographer). It has been popular in the US for quite some time now and I have seen the trend move across to us here in the UK and personally I love it.
But why break with tradition? What’s wrong with seeing your groom/bride for the first time at your wedding ceremony?
OK I’ll go through some of the benefits for you.
(Photo by Joielala Photographie)
Wedding day nerves are a BIG thing; the build-up to a wedding can be quite overwhelming for any couple. The ceremony can be stressful enough for couples, but mix in that ‘first time you see each other moment’ with all eyes on you, for some couples it can just add to the stress.
Doing a first look can take away some of those nerves and make the first time you see each other a much more personal and intimate moment, without the whole church or ceremony room looking at you. It means you can take time with each other and really appreciate the other alone, which means you can enjoy the ceremony in a much more relaxed manor.
(Photo by Debs Ivelja )
Doing a first look means that you can get a lot of your couple shots done early, which means that your time will be freed up later to spend with your guests and enjoying the reception. So many couples feel that their day is spent having their photo taken which means that they sometimes minds out on key moments of the wedding. A first look will means you get to enjoy more of the big day you have spent so much time planning. It also means you can get your bridal party shots dozen early if you’re wedding party are close at hand.
Photos taken at a first look can also be incredibly tender and touching and will be moments that you will treasure forever.
(Photo by Assassynation)
Winter weddings are great but a big problem with them is the lack of light. If you have a 2pm ceremony the light six going to be gone by 4pm which doesn’t leave much time for photos. Getting a first look in will mean your coupe shots and a majority of your group shots can be done while the light is good, leaving more time after the ceremony for any extra ones that the photographer needs to take of your guests.
(Photo by Claire Penn)
By doing a first look you are effectively giving yourself and extra hour or two at your own wedding. The day will start sooner for you, which means less time hanging around getting ready, you will spend more time with your new groom or bride and it will mean you get to spend more time with your guests later on at the reception enjoying the wedding.
It is also of great benefit if you are having a later wedding.
(Photo by Shandi Wallace)
OK so this isn’t going to be for everyone! I get that for some people this is just breaking with tradition way to much!
As much as this is a great idea, if you are having an early wedding ceremony then this might not be for you, unless you are an early bird. It will eat into your getting ready time, so a 12pm ceremony may be too early to get your hair and makeup done, do your first look and get to the ceremony venue.
(Photo by Hilary Cam Photography)