There is a new trend in the wedding world that many couples are considering when planning their big day: the First Look. This means that the couple sees each other before the wedding and it is usually planned by the photographer/filmmaker. While some couples don’t like the idea of bucking traditions, other couples find that the first look allows them some great benefits. Here are our top 4 reasons for scheduling a First Look:
1. It can take some of the stress out of the day: You and your fiancé have been planning this day for months and you are celebrating with of all of your friends and family. Even though the day is all about your love and commitment to one another, it can still be stressful. A lot of our couples say that the anxiety of the day is relieved when they see their soon-to-be husband or wife, so why not relax a little before your ceremony!
2. It will allow you and your future spouse to be alone together: Sure, you will be standing next to him/her the entire day, but between the photos with everyone, the speeches and toasts, and all of the well-wishers, you might not even get a chance to really talk to each other! The First Look gives you a chance to celebrate your day together before you start celebrating with all your guests! Take a few minutes to talk, laugh and just be together.
3. You have more time to enjoy the party you planned: One of the big benefits of the First Look is the flexibility you have with your scheduling. Most couples will schedule their First Look a few hours before their ceremony. That way you can take all of your formal photos with your bridal party before the ceremony and you can head straight to the cocktail hour! You and your fiancé have spent a lot of time planning the hors d’oeuvres, the signature drink and the music being played during your cocktail hour, you should get the chance to enjoy it!
4. You get to enjoy each other’s excitement: The first time you see each other on your wedding day is really exciting and you should be able to express that joy any way you want. When a groom sees his bride for the first time at the end of the aisle, he may feel pressured to keep his feelings contained because he is in front of all of your family and friends. The First Look lets you see your groom’s true emotions that he may not be able to share during the ceremony. Arielle and Michael’s First Look is the perfect example of their excitement. Take a look at their Same Day Film below: