Post # 1
I’m an older first time bride and this whole “first look” thing is new to me. I understand it’s so you can take pictures beforehand so they won’t take to long after the wedding.
I just really like the thought of my Fiance seeing me for the first time as I’m walking down the aisle. I guess I’m just old school but I really like the tradition of it. On the other hand I completely understand the convenience of the “first “look”
Which do you do?
Post # 3
We’re not only doing it for convenience, though I do really love that aspect. The idea, to me, is more about the intimacy of it. You get to see eachother for the first time JUST the two of you, with the photographer catching those looks and moments. It just seemed really special to me, and that’s what we’re doing.
Granted, we’re not super traditional, and will be walking down the aisle hand in hand. 🙂
Post # 4
We’re being super traditional and not doing a first look. No one will see me other than the bridal party and our parents before I walk down the isle.
Post # 5
I’m currently debating about this…I hadn’t planned on doing a first look because I want the special moment as I walk down the aisle. But in talking to our potentials photographers I am unsure because I want to make sure we get enough pictures of us and they aren’t too rushed. But in my friend’s wedding last weekend my favorite part of the ceremony was watching the groom’s reaction as he saw his bride for the first time. So I’m still on the fence!
Post # 6
We thought about doing a first look, but my fiance was the one who didn’t want to do it. He really wanted that experience of seeing me for the first time as I walk down the aisle. I guess I can’t complain with that!
Post # 7
I do agree with most people that it makes logisitic sense to do a 1st look. It would speed things up with getting to reception. However, I just can’t do it. I think its fine for other people to do it, but I can’t see it for myself.
Post # 8
We’re doing a first look. I’ve been to so many weddings where the bride & groom have missed a huge chunk of the party – neither of us want to do that!
Post # 9
I want to see the look on his face when I come down the aisle, not before 🙂 I understand doing it the other way around, but it’s just not for us!
Post # 11
I’ve even heard of doing a “first look” in your ceremony venue – – with your parents in the first row, your bridal party standing up front and your man waiting up front as you “walk down the aisle”. . . all before the actual ceremony.
Post # 12
Why anyone would want to do this first look thing is beyond me! Maybe I am old school too. I think it takes away from the anticipation! Geez and people really get carried away with the photos. This day is about your love for one another, do we really have to spend thousands of dollars to do this? I loved the anticipation my husband had on his face, and the just “I can’t wait to see her”. I think it is totally worth it to just wait till you walk your beautiful self down the aisle!
Post # 13
We did a first look and loved it. I’ve said it before but he did not shed a tear during our first look and he criiiiiied when I walked down the aisle. There is a difference between “hey you look so pretty” and “holy sh*t we’re getting married”
@atalante: We still missed 80% of cocktail hour
Post # 14
We did a first look before the wedding with pictures and I would do it again with no hesitation. We got the best pictures from that time and it helped with the nerves walking down the aisle.
Post # 15
In Jewish weddings it is traditional for the bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony, so NOT doing a first look would be untraditional for me…
Post # 16
@LGenz: I am hell-bent on that not happening. I will go bridezilla if I must! 😉 ….but I’ll prepare myself for the possibility.