PROS AND CONS

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first look

YOUR WEDDING DAY

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The custom of not seeing your significant other until your wedding ceremony is a tradition that we all tend to follow without much thought. Some couples do it because of superstition, or to please family — while other couples are opting for a first look.

As your wedding day approaches, you might be wondering what is the best option for you as a couple. Here are some thoughts from a few photographer friends who have been in the business for years.

The Pros.

NERVES

Seeing your significant other before the ceremony is a great way to calm your nerves and take a moment together before the day officially begins. Some couples really benefit from this time together. Weddings can be a whirlwind once guests arrive. A private moment could help you relax into the day more more quickly than you would otherwise.

SPECIAL TIP: ASK YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER AND VIDEOGRAPHER FOR 5-10 MINUTES ALONE AFTER ALL OF THE EMOTION HAS BEEN CAPTURED. TAKE IT ALL AND SOAK IT ALL UP.

PRACTICALITY

One reason to consider a first look before your wedding is for the practicality of timing. Seeing each other beforehand gives you the time to take some of your couple photos before the ceremony, so you can get to cocktail hour and your guests sooner after the ceremony.

PRIVACY

A wedding is an intimate experience and seeing each other for the first time in front of everyone at the commencement of your ceremony can be overwhelming. A first look gives you the ability to experience this special moment privately. It also means that you’ll be experiencing these emotions together and in the photos together. Walking down the aisle is emotional too, but you won’t be in the photos together for that moment.

SPECIAL TIP: SOME COUPLES PRACTICE THEIR VOWS TO EACH OTHER DURING THIS TIME TO GET SOME OF THE JITTERS OUT THE WAY.

WINTER WEDDING

If you are planning a winter wedding and you would like couple shots in natural light, most photographers will suggest a first look photoshoot (the sun goes down at 5pm).

The Cons.

LOGISTICS

If you are planning your first look at your wedding venue, it will need to take place at least an hour before your ceremony, so that you can hide before your guests arrive. You will also need to organise additional transport, which isn’t a huge job, but something to think about. It also means you might have to start getting ready earlier in the day.

LIGHTING

Depending on the sun and weather that day, the lighting for your first look may not be ideal and your photographer/videographer might still recommend that you get most of your couple photos after your ceremony anyway. So if your main reason for doing a first look is timing, you could be disappointed.

FRIENDS MISSING THE MAGIC

There is naturally a big exciting build up before the bride walks down the aisle and there is nothing like the moment partners lock eyes for the first time in front of their guests. If you have a first look, this moment might not be as special for your friends and family as you would have already seen each other.