Traditionally, the bride and groom are not supposed see each other before the ceremony but rather, see each other for the first time as the bride walks down the aisle. However, more weddings these days are accompanied by a "First Look" in which the bride and groom have a moment between the two of them to see each other for the first time prior to the ceremony. Now, let me preface this by saying, it is totally up to the bride and groom whether or not they decide to have a First Look and I am in no way in favor of one or the other. With that said, today, I merely want to shine some light on two benefits to having a First Look. Just food for thought. :)
1.) Having a "First Look" can be a very intimate moment between the bride and groom which can decrease some of the nerves prior to the ceremony.
This is one of the biggest days of your life. It is exciting and the nervousness of wanting everything to go smoothly is a lot to take on. This is a time when the bride and groom see each other for the first time with no one else in the room. Seeing the other person can really decrease some of those nerves, as you are in this together. Having done a "First Look" with my husband, I can tell you that it is one of my favorite memories from our wedding day. It was so comforting to see him before the ceremony and share the same excitement about the day. With no one else in the room, it was a great way for us to spend some time together and exchange the gifts that we bought for one another. Having a photographer there to capture those moments is absolutely priceless, in my opinion. Those are some of my favorite photographs of us.
2.) Having a "First Look" opens up opportunity for bridal party and formal family photos.
After the bride and groom see each other for the first time, this opens the window for all other wedding photos to be taken with the rest of the bridal party and portraits of the bride and groom. Many couples even do formal family photos prior to the ceremony. This way, after the wedding, they can get back to their reception a little quicker than if they had waited to do all of the photographs after the ceremony. The bottom line is, there is no rush to cram all of the photographs (bride and groom portraits, bridal party portraits, and formal family photos) into an hour or less between the ceremony and reception. You are going to want to get back to your guests a lot more quickly to get the party started!
Outlined above, are just a couple of benefits to doing a "First Look." I want to stress that if you are deciding to see your husband or wife for the first time while walking down the aisle, that is totally admirable and there are certainly a lot of benefits to waiting to see each other until the wedding (maybe I will write a post on that next week). :) It really does not matter whether you choose to do a "First Look" or wait until the ceremony to see each other. The most important thing is that it is YOUR day and everything should be just as your dreamed it would. Seeing each other for the first time walking down the aisle will make for some BEAUTIFUL photographs too.
All The Best,