Post # 1
Hi there Bees-
I’ve read the blogs about doing a first look-anyone here have any thoughts on that? At first, we were not going to do it, but then we thought it may be a good idea as we’ll be more able to focus on the wedding ceremony, rather than sneaking looks at each other (okay, we’ll still be sneaking looks!) I think that maybe we’ll be better able to enjoy each other with this time together-your thoughts?
Post # 3
When I heard about a first look I fell in love with the idea!
I think it is special time for just me and him and he will calm me down big time!
Post # 4
The more my FI and I think about it the more we want to do it. I am a very touchy person and I love to hug him and cradle his face in my hands. If we wait to see each other at the alter, I won’t be able to hug or touch him! I think if we saw each other ahead of time, the photographer could really capture the sentiment of our love. Walking down the aisle, all the photographer would catch is my nervousness and me not trying to trip.
Post # 5
We’re doing photos before. At first I wanted to wait until the ceremony but the photographers gave me some perspective. They will help pick a great place to capture that ‘first look’. It will also help us relax and have more fun during the ceremony. This also means less photos after the ceremony meaning we’re enjoying the party sooner! Now I’m looking forward to that private moment of ours before. We don’t intend to tell family and friends though. As far as they know the ceremony will be ‘the moment’.
Post # 6
All along I’ve wanted to do a first look … and everyone has been against it! They’re like Oh.My.GOSH. you’re going to let him see you before … and I never thought it was a big deal … but today I gave in and now I’m actually kind of excited to capture him seeing me for the first time … during “the walk” =)
Plus, my shoes are amazing … not worried about tripping! Oh and we have a receiving line right before cocktail hour (as guests arrive to the reception venue) … like leading into it … and once the line is complete we’ll do some pictures with the parents and freshen up and enter the reception …
oh and we’re seating together by ourselves!
Post # 7
- Wedding: January 2010 - Mr. P's GrandparentsÃ¢Â€Â™ Ranch
I want to do a first look!, but this is one of the things we still havent decided 🙂
Post # 8
We’re doing a first look. We want the chance to see each other, hug and cry before the day gets too crazy and busy. We’re both very excited about it.
Post # 9
We did a first look at my parents house before the ceremony. I am not sure it went as well as I had hoped. They had my DH sitting in a chair and I came around the corner. He honestly just sat there. I had to ask him to stand up and give me a kiss, lol. It was funny for me though because he looked like “The Godfather” in his tux sitting there.
I actually got a better reaction out of him when he opened his gift and that was what I wanted to capture more than the first look. According to my boss, when I stepped out into the aisle, my DH actually smiled. 🙂
Post # 10
We DID do a first look this past Saturday – and it was AMAZING. I do have some sugestions though
1-make the first look just you, him, and the photographer(s). You’re unlikely to ge ta true reaction if there are friends and family around and watching. Then you have plenty of time to photograph those first moments (our photographers hid and used zoom lenses so it was as if we were totally alone.)
2-I didnt wear my veil for the first look. I still wanted SOMETHING to be a surprise walking to the altar, so I left the veil, and he said it was like seeing me for the first time all over again. The veil make it that much more bridal (I also had an intricate cathedral veil that I didnt want to drag around all day)
3-allow plenty of time for pics of the 2 of you. We took 45 minutes at the first look, then met with the bridal aprty, then went off alone again for another 45 minutes. The photographers took thousands of pics because there was NO rush.
4-MOST IMPORTANTLY- DONT listen to anyone elses opinions on “OH MY GOD YOU CANT SEE EAHOTHER FIRST!” its your wedding, do what you want. There was NO nervousness at the ceremony because we saw eachother, and honestly, it was JUST as exciting and emotional as if we hadnt. its totally different walking toward him knowing youre going to get married even if you saw him jsut a few moments prior. That tradition dates back to the times of arranged marriages where they didnt want to groom and bride to see eachother prior to teh ceremony out of fear that one would run away upon seeing the other…thats why its “bad luck.” Id do it over agian in an instant!
Post # 11
We’re still debating on it too. I like the idea of doing picture before the ceremony because I’ll look and feel fresher. Meaning, if we wait til after the ceremony I’m gonna have tracks of tears down my face and I’m not sure that it’ll look good lol. But, if we do end up doing the first look I’ll insist that the photographer capture my fi’s face when he first sees me!
Post # 12
We did a first look. Mr. S stood at the end of a dock at the lake and I walked out to him. The pictures are great. He’s turning and seeing me smiling, I LOVED it. Seeing him made all the stress slip away. We kissed and cuddled before the wedding. We wore our rings so the pictures all had them in them – then exchanged right before the ceremony so we could put them on each other. I haven’t seen any pictures yet of him seeing me down the aisle, but I’m pretty sure he was just as happy then as seeing me for the first time.
Post # 13
I had never heard of a first look til I started reading wedding bee and I am TOTALLY in love with the idea. I know he’ll get super emotional and since he doesn’t like showing emotion to the outside world, he’ll try to fight it. Don’t want that, and I definintely want pictures of it! So yes, we’ll be doing a first look unless he fights it really hard (we haven’t talked about that yet).