First Look Advantages and Disadvantages

First Look Advantages & Disadvantages

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While tradition suggests that the groom should not see his bride until the moment she walks down the aisle, more and more couples are opting for a first look before the ceremony. This wedding trend has a lot of hype surrounding it for a good reason, and here’s a list of advantages and disadvantages, and why a first look might be exactly what you want on your wedding day.

The Advantages:

1. Having a first look gives you the opportunity for a private moment between you and your almost-spouse. Since your wedding day is full of excitement, a busy schedule, and family and friends, you may not have a lot of time to yourselves to take everything in. A first look gives you the privacy of focusing on each other, while also calming any pre-ceremony nerves.

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2. You will have time to relax before the ceremony. There will be time to touch up your makeup if it smears, the groom can grab one last beer with his friends, and you will even have time to take formal photographs before the ceremony.


3. When couples choose to have a first look, formal photographs are typically taken before the ceremony. This way, you can enjoy your cocktail hour and spend time with your family and friends without being rushed off to take formal photographs right after the ceremony.

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4.The initial first look and the first look during the ceremony are two completely different moments. Seeing each other walking down the aisle will still be a beautiful and emotional moment.This time, the excitement is focused on the ceremony: the feelings of “this is really happening,” sets in, many of your loved ones are seeing you for the first time, and everything you have been preparing for is about to happen.


The Disadvantages:

1. Having a first look breaks tradition. If tradition is very important to you, and your dream is to have your wedding reflect the style of your mother’s or grandmother’s, a first look might not be for you.

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2. Your family and friends won’t be there to witness your initial first reactions to seeing each other. This also fits with tradition: some brides and grooms want their family to witness the first look.

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3. You and your wedding party have to be ready sooner. While this one can be a disadvantage, I see it as an advantage: you’ll have plenty of time to take photos, get group shots done without the hassle of organizing family after the ceremony, and even have some down time to relax and let the reality of your exciting day settle in!