Post # 1
I really can’t decide whether to do a first look or not! I am worried it is going to take away from him seeing me walk down the aisle for the first time. He also really didn’t want to see me until I walk down the aisle. My only concern is that the hour between ceremony and reception won’t be enough time to get family, bridal party, and the amount of bride and groom pictures I would like.
Those of you who did OR didn’t do a first look, did you regret your decision? Were you happy with it? Please share any advice!
Post # 2
kortizi0: I was always under the impression that walking down the aisle was the “first look”…I don’t understand how this is a “thing” now. But I guess people have their reasons?…
Post # 3
mdcmod: me too! Now it’s starting to seem abnormal to have the groom see u for the first time walking down the aisle :/
Post # 4
We did a first look and I’m so glad that we did! The look on my partner’s face was absolutely priceless and it was amazing to have a moment to ourselves to take it in and for our photographers to capture it so closely (they were there obviously, but I barely noticed just the one person). Honestly, I was so overwhelmed with the stimuli while walking down the “aisle” (outdoor wedding) that I think it would have taken away from me fulling seeing all the details of her outfit, and vice versa. She has since said that the first look and seeing me in my dress when she turned around was her absolute favorite part of our wedding, and I personally don’t think it would have been the same for us walking down the aisle. We did have the opportunity to take a lot of photos before the ceremony, but we still didn’t get to our cocktail hour at all due to the family photos and wedding party photos we had to take, so that was a bummer. This is just me offering my experience, however. I say do what makes you feel most comfortable as a couple!
Post # 5
kortizi0: We didn’t do a first look and don’t regret it at all. We both loved that the first time we saw each other was when I was heading down the aisle. It was incredible to see him looking so amazing in his suit and smiling from ear to ear as I approached. Seeing him calmed me completely. He was all I could focus on and it was like our guests faded away. I don’t think it would have been the same if we had seen one another before the wedding.
Post # 6
- Wedding: December 2014 - Columbia, SC
kortizi0: Another bee shared this with me. http://thechansons.com/?p=6281
We will be doing a first look.
Post # 9
Tanleggedjuliet: That post totally sold me.
I’m tagging in here to see what others say. We FINALLY decided to do a first look after bouncing around the idea for an entire year. We think it will give us a chance to be with our guests more since we wont be off taking pictures for forever. We also would love that little moment together.
Post # 10
AHart77: that does help, thank u! That is something I am worried about is not getting to attend cocktail hour (which I kind of expected not to with pics) but it sounds like ur family/bridal party pics took the whole hour? Do u think I would have had time to get enough photos of just you two if u hadn’t done a first look? I’m worried an hour won’t be enough. also, did it take away from the emotion of seeing one another when u walked down the aisle?
Post # 11
kortizi0: We did a first look and I’m so glad we did, from a practical point of view it was great, we did all our couple photos before the wedding meaning that we didnt have to leave our guests at all after the ceremony which was so lovely. To be honest, it was one of the highlights of my day, I was so nervous all morning about being in front of so many people and seeing him just made me relax. We’re both really private people so it was nice having a moment to just breath by ourselves. Honestly I think it was the best moment of my life.
Post # 12
MsChandler: I get really nervous too especially about having all those people staring at me lol so I think it might be hard for me to “have a moment” walking down the aisle while being worried about everyone watching me. It would also probably calm my nerves to be with him beforehand, otherwise I’ll be even more nervous about him seeing me for the first time on top of everything else.
Post # 13
I didn’t do a first look, and I am so happy with that decision. I loved seeing my husband’s face when I walked down the aisle. I don’t think that moment would’ve been near as special if he’d seen me before.
I was recently in a wedding and the bride and groom decided to do a first look. I didn’t really like it because after the first look we did the rest of the pictures. It felt like they were already married, and we kept forgetting we still had the ceremony to do. The ceremony didn’t feel as special or something. (And they did all of their photos without their wedding bands on).
Post # 14
kortizi0: We did a first look and I loved everything about it, plus our ceremony felt no less special. I think it depends on what you want: to share the moment with all of your guests or to have a private, intimate moment with just your groom. Either way, it seems like most brides are happy with whatever choice they make.
Post # 15
We will be doing a first look and I am sooo excited for it! My photographer has a post on her blog about First looks and she shows her own first look experience — http://www.paigereaux.com/?p=3220