THERE IS NO PRESSURE TO DO ONE… HOWEVER, THERE ARE SO MANY BENEFITS AND REASONS WHY MANY OF MY COUPLES DO OPT FOR ONE!
So you might be asking… what is a first look?! Well, let me tell you! A first look is when the bride and groom arrange a private time to see each other before the ceremony. The only people present will be the two of you and your photographers and videographers! First looks are very popular for so many reasons! There are so many incredible benefits of doing one!!
Although I love this so much on a wedding day, I also always encourage my couples to do whatever they want to do. Because at the end of the day, it’s their wedding, and what they prefer matters the absolute most! So although I love a first look so much, I do want their day to go however they envision. This is just meant to help you decide whether it’s right for you, and why I recommend it so much
1. You’re only alone time.
Throughout the chaos of a wedding day, it will very likely be your ONLY alone time! It allows you to have a chance to talk and enjoy hanging out with each other. Groom, you get to TELL your bride how beautiful she looks as soon as you see her! You get to extend your day TOGETHER by 2-3 hours.
2. Fresh Hair and Makeup
My brides LOVE this because your hair and make up is totally fresh for all of your portraits. You don’t have to worry about touching up before photos because you just had your hair and makeup done! Your bridesmaids will LOVE you for this as well!
3. More portraits in your final gallery
With a first look, you can ENJOY taking all of your wedding portraits and not feel rushed. Plus, you’ll receive MORE variety in your portraits because of the extra time! It makes taking photos a lot more enjoyable because you aren’t trying to squeeze them all in!
4. Logistically, it’s a dream!
You can finish the majority of your wedding photos before the ceremony begins. We will jump right into bride and groom + bridal party photos after the first look! This means no long cocktail hours with guests waiting on us to finish taking photos! This was also my BIGGEST regret at my own wedding!
5. It diminishes nerves.
So many couples say their nerves went away after they saw each other! It helps you to feel more relaxed and make the ceremony more enjoyable. Plus, you’ll probably remember your ceremony better because you weren’t so nervous. The whole thing would probably be a blur otherwise, which is what I experienced during my own wedding. My husband still gives me a hard time that I didn’t cry when I walked down the aisle, but it’s because all of our guests had their eyes on me so it was hard to relax and truly enjoy those first intimate moments with my soon to be husband. This is another reason why I SO wish we would have had a first look, so Arturo and I could have shared that moment just the two of us!
6. You can enjoy cocktail hour.
Once we do family formals directly after the ceremony, you can actually go enjoy cocktail hour or start the reception! If any of your bridal party aren’t family members, they get to enjoy ALL of cocktail hour!
If you are a traditionalist and opt out of doing a first look, you may just need to plan to hire your wedding photographer for an extra hour to avoid sacrificing on the amount of images you’ll receive, as well as make sure you have some activities, music and cocktails for guests during the cocktail hour while they wait for you to finish your bride and groom and bridal party portraits!