The First Look, and why it may be worth it.
The practice of not seeing your significant other until the actual wedding ceremony is a good-luck superstition and many couples are still sticking with it, while others are opting for the first look for reasons that range from easing wedding-day jitters to making sure they can actually get to the cocktail hour.
For many couples, a first look is a chance to have a moment before the day officially starts to connect with one another and take a deep breath. Below I have listed a few reasons why it might be a good idea. If you’re a traditional couple, it’s okay to skip it. “Remember that you can always change your mind—even on your wedding day!
40% more portraits
You’re investing a lot in your wedding photography. With a first look, you’ll receive 40% more portraits of the two of you… And those are the images you will decorate your first home with! With the first look, you make the most out of this large investment and get the most for your money.
Enjoy the surprise freely
You actually get to have intimate time on your wedding day with your guy. Most Brides don’t realize that when you come down the aisle and totally shock him looking amazing, he can’t even tell you how amazing you look. You can’t touch you, embrace you or you can speak to you. You have to wait until 30 minutes later when the ceremony is over for him to react and tell you how amazing you look. And after 30 minutes of the ceremony, the reaction isn’t the same as the initial first glance.
Winter wedding portraits
If you’re having a winter ceremony, first-look wedding photos are critical if you want portraits taken with natural light. The sun will be down between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m., so this is your chance for pictures in the sun.
You’re only alone time.
First looks allow you to be together and alone on your wedding day. When you see each other, not only will it be intimate, it will be you’re only time to be alone all day! It will put you in the perfect mood for your romantic portraits. Normally portraits are a little rushed after the family formals, and it can be hard to really get back into that lovey-dovey mode especially with family around! When you have just shared your first look oh, you’re ready to love each other, and I always capture some super sweet images during those moments!
You get rid of your nerves! I’d say literally one-half of my couples who have decided to do a first look, Grooms were not fans of to that first. However, because they have never experienced their wedding day before, they didn’t know how nerve-wracking that can be. I have testimonials from so many rooms who initially were a fan of the first look… But afterwards admitted to being so much more relaxed and ready for the ceremony!