Should you look or should you wait?
There are a few reasons why couples may want to have a first look before their big day gets on its way. There is also a very compelling case for waiting to see each other until they walk down the aisle.
Some couples choose to have a first look because they want to spend time together before the wedding begins. Even though this is one of most important days of their lives, often times couples end up having a very limited amount of intimate one-on-one time on their wedding day. First looks are private romantic moments and wonderful opportunities for great memories and pictures.
You may be thinking of having a first look because you want to make sure everyone is looking his or her best without extra touchups, which can be time consuming. You may also want to get down to the fun stuff immediately after you utter the words “I do.” Then there is the ever present conundrum of time…there never seems to be enough of it! You may want to save all of your venue time to dance and celebrate your joyous occasion.
On the other hand, some couples have envisioned walking down the aisle and locking eyes for the first time all their lives. You know what I’m talking about. Almost every wedding in a movie has it and it’s always sweet as can be. You may want to wait to get your pictures done after your ceremony if having this moment is essential to having the wedding of your dreams. That may mean you spend the cocktail hour taking pictures… What’s important is that you have the day you dreamed of, make it magical!
You may also be thinking of skipping the first look if your ceremony and reception time allow you some downtime in between. Like in the case of an early church ceremony followed by an evening reception. You can take pictures in between and head over to the reception after. If you do opt for a gap in between your ceremony and reception, try to keep the day to eight hours from the beginning of the ceremony to the end of dinner. Some of your guests will start getting tired if the day gets too long.
Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer! Couples must choose what works best for them. Some of us see each other before we walk down the aisle, and some of us don’t. Either way, you will be stunning. Either way, you will take each other’s breath away. Either way, it will be your day!!
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