How do you feel about first looks?

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: How do you feel about a first look?
    So glad I did it! : (25 votes)
    21 %
    Wish I didn't do one ... : (0 votes)
    Glad I didn't do one ! : (9 votes)
    8 %
    Wish I would have done one..... : (1 votes)
    1 %
    I'm totally doing one. : (48 votes)
    40 %
    I'm not Doing one. : (31 votes)
    26 %
    I'm on the fence! : (6 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    6592 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I think they’re a great way to capture the magic and surprise for the couple. FI, however, is traditional and wants our first look to be at the actual wedding ceremony. Either way, the wedding will be amazing and memorable though.

    Post # 3
    Hostess
    8680 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Beautiful!

    We have decided to do one because i’m a super nervous person. My fiance really calms me down and I think having a few minutes together to just relax will mean the world to us!

    We aren’t super traditional so it was an easy choice for us.

    Post # 4
    Member
    107 posts
    Blushing bee

    I need the first look to be more calm. I hate getting in front of crowds (ironically I had no problem doing this in high school in theatre), and I like that this moment would be just for us.

    Post # 5
    Member
    2428 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I was always against first looks and for a long time into our wedding planning never wanted to do one. I loved seeing first look pictures but never felt that it was for me or us. Then as the wedding got closer I thought, why? I didn’t really have any concrete reasons other than “being traditional” so I let my husband decide and he wanted to, so we did! And it was awesome. I don’t feel like it took anything away from my walk down the aisle and it was so nice to have those few moments alone. I’m happy it worked out for you!

    Post # 6
    Member
    1520 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

    Wow, your pictures are so precious <3 I have nothing against them and I think it’s lovely when couples choose to do what suits them best.

    Personally, I originally did not want first look photos, mostly because I wanted the first time he sees me in my gown to be at our ceremony. However, as things are lining up and because of specific scheduling and photography issues, I’m thinking we’re probably going to have them. It doesn’t bother me any though. First look pictures in front of the Disneyland castle? Yes please!

    Post # 7
    Member
    2261 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I think it is a really cute idea and the pictures are adorable, but we couldn’t get ourselves to do one. He wanted the first look to be at the altar so…. oh well!

    Post # 8
    Member
    418 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    We’re doing one because we don’t want our families or us to miss cocktail hour for formal photos.  It will all be done at the beginning of the evening when we’re fresh (it’s going to be July and hot!) and without worrying about losing daylight for outdoor photos (evening ceremony).  

    There’s no way I’m missing out on mini chicken and jalepeno waffles during cocktail hour!  

    Post # 9
    Member
    511 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We did a first look – it was amazing 🙂 I did it without my veil – then coming down the aisle I wore my veil so I got two reactions lol

    Post # 10
    Member
    1099 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2016

    We plan on doing one because it’ll cut down on picture time and my FI has issues with social anxiety and I think by having a moment to ourselves first it will cut down on that anxiety tremendously for him.

    Post # 11
    Member
    1037 posts
    Bumble bee

    We plan on doing it, mostly because almost all of our pictures will be before the ceremony since it’s an evening wedding and we want natural lighting. We’ll do a few after the ceremony too though! But yes, I’m excited to do the “first look” before because I think it’ll calm me down before walking down the aisle!

    Post # 12
    Member
    9529 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I absolutely loved our first look!!!

    Many years ago, my mother discovered first looks (she was a wedding coordinator at our church) and told me it was the most brilliant idea, ever. My mom passed away a few years before my wedding, but I knew I wanted to do a first look, if only as a tribute to her.

     But, seriously, it was the best idea ever. We did our first look. The quick immediate family pictures. Then the bridal party loaded into cars with a couple bottles of champagne and went to a local park. We took bridal party and couples pictures and then hung out at the park until it was time for the ceremony. It was great to have that quiet time with our close friends before all the craziness got started. It was awesome.

    Post # 13
    Member
    444 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    We didn’t do one and I am so glad we made that choice (just to give the other perspective). I wouldn’t trade that moment walking down the aisle for the world. So much anticipation and excitement! And in a way it was a private moment–I didn’t see anyone else in the church until the recession (I had to ask my husband later if the photographer was taking photos, ha!). I think, to me, it’s more about just “being traditional. It’s also about the magic of taking part in a ritual/cultural rite of passage.

    Post # 14
    Member
    579 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    Future_Mrs_C25978:  we’re doing it for both logistics and the calming factor. 

    Logistics: pics before the ceremony because there’s no way we are missing our cocktail hour and all that yummy food!

    Nerves: FI has anxiety. Its been under control for a very long time, but our wedding is a huge deal to him (so cute!). I know seeing me before the ceremony will help him stay grounded.

     

    Post # 15
    Member
    1441 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Glad we did it for nerves and everything else but even better that it was just us, no “tap on the shoulder” photographs. 

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