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First Look - Why or Why Not?

Lynnie, on 18/April/2019 at 14:27 Posted in Plan a wedding

Are you doing a "first look" and taking pictures before your wedding ceremony? Or are you waiting until you walk down the aisle? Some couples want to save that magic moment for the ceremony, but there's no denying how helpful a first look can be on your photography timeline!

How did you decide? What are your pros and cons?

First Look - Why or Why Not? 1

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  • Lisasmith
    Newbie April 2019 Florida
    Lisasmith ·
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    I think it is very reasonable

  • Bianca
    Featured August 2019 Ontario
    Bianca ·

    We're doing a first look just for logistics sake. We didn't want a long time between our ceremony and reception, AND I want our photographs to be taken while my makeup is freshest.

  • Jenna
    Frequent user September 2020 Nova Scotia
    Jenna ·
    We are doing a first look and walking down the aisle together. I’m looking forward to her seeing me for the first time by herself.
  • Stephanie
    Frequent user July 2020 Ontario
    Stephanie ·

    I am leaving this up to my groom.

    Right now he wants the first time he sees me to be when I'm walking down the isle.

  • Monique
    Devoted August 2020 Saskatchewan
    Monique ·

    I just finished talking to my FH about this, I thought he wanted to wait until the aisle but he told me a couple of days ago that he wants to do a first look which I'm so excited about!

    Pros: we are both very shy so I think a one-on-one will be amazing and I feel like I would want to run up to him at the altar and start talking and being excited!

    Cons: none!

  • Donna Yeung
    Devoted August 2018 British Columbia
    Donna Yeung ·

    We originally wanted to, but the logistics of it didn't quite pan out with timing and all. Plus, my husband already saw me in the dress when we went to pick it up from the bridal shop.

  • Tori
    Featured October 2019 Manitoba
    Tori ·

    Indeed we are doing a first look!

    We are doing this to avoid me ugly crying (okay, I know I will cry both times...) and to avoid having a cocktail hour.

  • Cassie
    Curious May 2020 Ontario
    Cassie ·
    First look is when I’m walking up the aisle! It would really emphasize what’s about to happen, making the walk up emotional and real. I understand why people do it before but this is how I’ve always wanted it.
  • Erin
    Featured May 2020 Ontario
    Erin ·
    We won't be doing a first look, i told my FH that I'm not even going suit shopping with him bc i want to be surprised when I see him. I did give him colour restrictions though!
  • Stephanie
    VIP May 2019 Ontario
    Stephanie ·
    Not doing a first look! We dont have time but we both really want the first time to be walking down the aisle! So all that huge emotion we feel we will feel right when we say I do!
  • Rachael
    Super October 2019 Ontario
    Rachael ·
    We will be doing a first look, even though our timeline could support bride/groom pictures either way. We want the first time we see each other to be a genuine moment between the two of us (and prefer that to be documented). Neither of us believe that it will take away from walking down the aisle and if anything we won’t be as nervous to having spent some time together beforehand.
  • Valérie
    VIP September 2019 Quebec
    Valérie ·

    I was open to the idea, but my FH made it pretty clear that he wants to see me for the first time while I'm walking down the aisle.

  • Allison
    Master October 2019 Ontario
    Allison ·

    It works best for our timeline to do the traditional "First Look" during the walk down the aisle. We have enough time between ceremony and reception to get all our photos but we might do a first touch to ease our nerves.

  • Robyn
    Super June 2019 Ontario
    Robyn ·

    I was not opposed to a first look but my FH was surprisingly vocal in being against it - he wants the traditional set-up of seeing me for the first time when I walk down the aisle.

  • Maegan
    Super July 2018 British Columbia
    Maegan ·
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    Yes! My thoughts exactly! I am so thankful we did a first look and if anything it was a more powerful moment then walking down the aisle because it was just the two of us and not standing in front of a crowd. And we both cried all over again when I walked down the aisle and I felt it did not take away from that moment at all.
  • Megan
    Newbie September 2019 Ontario
    Megan ·
    I’m doing a first look mostly for time issues. I don’t want my guests sitting around for 1.5-2hrs after the ceremony while I’m taking pictures. My wedding is more of an evening event so we also want to get pictures more in the daylight. My whole wedding party was on board with the idea so we could spend more time enjoying the wedding and guests rather then spending time taking pictures. Sure we lose that moment of walking down the isle but we will still have a moment during the first look that will be just us and not a crowd.

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