Should You Have A First Look? Here Are Our Top 3 Reasons to Have A First Look

A question we get asked frequently is whether or not you should have a first look, and you might be in the same boat if you’re reading this!

Some couples love the surprise of seeing each other for the first time at their ceremony; others want to share that special moment with just the two of them. We like to think that both moments have their merits. We’re a little biased and personally love first looks, and we know there are so many benefits to incorporating a first look into your wedding day. Rather than debate whether or not you should, we’d recommend focusing on the why.

Here are our top 3 reasons why we think having a first look is a fantastic addition to any couple’s big day:

 

1. Having a first look helps to calm down the day.

A first look can give you time to compose yourselves before saying, “I do.” It lets you enjoy a one-on-one moment before your family and friends arrive. If you’re nervous, anxious, or just plain excited, you can share all of your bubbling feelings in an emotional, private moment just for the two of you (and your photographers, duh).

 

2.  More Opportunities For Pictures

Instead of rushing around to get the bulk of your images (your wedding party, family photos, and romantics) taken between the ceremony and reception while your guests are waiting, and you can maximize the hours you get with your photographer. What we mean by this is, after your first look, we can capture your romantics (your main portraits) and wedding party photos. This gives you the opportunity to capture some family photos immediately after your romantics or right after your ceremony. It really opens the doors for more time with family and friends on the big day, and you’ll have that time to relax and enjoy them!

 

3. Those Feelings Won’t Fade

Some couples want to leave that first look to the ceremony because they might worry that they will spoil the moment by seeing one another beforehand. But do not fret! Even if you see your partner during your first look, they will be just as thrilled to see you walking down the aisle during your ceremony.