What is a First Look?
You may have heard of a “first look” on the wedding day. If you haven’t, let me explain. A first look is when you and your fiance get to see each other before the ceremony when you are both dressed and ready to walk down the aisle. There are many reasons for doing one, but what are they? Let’s discuss that here.
Why Choose a First Look?
Choosing to have a first look is often a matter of personal or religious preference. In some religions, it holds significant importance. However, in many cases, opting for a first look can help alleviate stress and anxiety on the wedding day. This choice is often made because there may not be enough time dedicated to photography and videography.
For example, if your ceremony is scheduled for 1:00 or 2:00 in the afternoon, you may have sufficient time for photos and videos after the ceremony (if photography and videography are essential to you). However, if your ceremony is set for 3:00, 4:00, or 5:00, the window of time available for photography and videography is rapidly diminishing. In such cases, we often recommend a first look. This way, many photos and videos can be completed before your ceremony.
Choosing the Perfect Location.
The choice of location is subjective and depends on where your ceremony is taking place. We often recommend a location that offers beautiful and excellent lighting. It’s essential to ensure it’s a private area, where only you and your fiance are present. Your photographer and videographer can provide suggestions upon their arrival.
The “Reveal” Moment.
When it’s time for the first look, you have several options that can work:
- The bride can walk up to the groom/fiance and tap on their shoulder.
- You can stand back to back, reading each other’s letters, and then turn to see each other after reading the letters.
- The photographer/videographer can prompt the fiance to turn around and see the bride.
- You can turn to see each other and exchange personal vows.
The Emotional Impact.
One of the key reasons for having a first look is to create an emotional impact that is shared between just the two of you. It’s an intimate moment, away from the eyes of onlookers, where you get to spend time with each other before all your guests arrive. It’s one of the rare opportunities for you both to be alone together.
Alternatives to the First Look.
If a first look is not something you want to do, there are alternatives that can help alleviate stress and anxiety. Here are some options:
- Hold hands around a corner.
- Read each other’s letters around a corner.
- Pray on opposite sides of a door.
- Write letters to each other in the morning.
Once again, a first look is a matter of personal preference, but it can significantly contribute to making the day more manageable and reducing stress. It also allows for a special moment just for the two of you.