Post # 1
My FI and I were talking about my dress, and he mentioned that the first time he wants to see me on our wedding day is walking down the aisle. I thought it was so sweet, but it kind of spoiled my plans — my photographer is for a full 8 hours and I had budgeted for photo time before the ceremony so that we are not taking all of the pictures after the ceremony during the cocktail hour. I thought most people took pics before the ceremony to save time.
What are you bees doing?
Post # 3
To save time we are taking all guy/all girl pics beforehand. We are saving the pics of him and I together for after the ceremony.
Post # 4
I can see the benefits of a first look, but it is not at all what I want to do. I want to be able to see the surprise and emotion in my man’s eyes as I walk down the runway, completely untainted by having seen me before. Walking down the aisle towards your groom is such a beautiful tradition and, for me personally, a first look would tarnish the experience.
Post # 5
We had a first look, but our reasons were religious. We have to see each other before anyway for the Ketubah signing, so I figured we might as well also get pictures out of it. I loved having the first look! It was a nice private moment just between me and my hubby before all the chaos of a wedding. Plus, I thought I planned for plenty of time for pictures, but of course there’s never enough time, so we ended up taking pictures before and after the ceremony.
My brother and sil took seperate pictures before the wedding so they didn’t have to see each other before. (Her with the bridesmaids and her family, him with groomsmen and his family). And then they didn’t have to take as many together after the wedding.
Post # 6
I wanted to do a first look and pics before the ceremony but my DH was very adamant about not seeing me before the ceremony. It was pretty much his only request for the entire wedding planning process. I am really happy we did it that way though. Seeing his reaction to me and how I felt as I walked down the aisle is something that I will never forget.
Post # 7
He’ll see me all dressed up as I’m walking down the aisle. We’ll take pictures beforehand separately, and together afterwards. It’s more important to me to have that moment than it is to go to cocktail hour right away (I doubt much will be happening at that point anyway). As for the “special moment just between the two of us” argument, we’ll have that too. Except without the photographer, so it’s really private, haha.
Post # 8
We’re taking pics before the ceremony but we’ll probably get ready together as well.
Post # 9
We’re doing our First Look before the ceremony and will be doing as many of our pictures beforehand as possible.
Post # 10
I wanted the first look, but my fiance is dead set against it. And since he clearly feels strongly about this, we aren’t having one. He’s so cute though… he doesn’t want to know anything about my dress at all either. I find it funny and charming, especially since he’s not really an old-fashioned kind of guy.
Post # 11
We are talking the pics with our bridal party first but none together until after. So I will take all the pics with my girls and with my family and he will do his and his family. Thus hopefully we can quickly take a few pics after the wedding and call it good. I don’t want to spend forever taking pics while everyone else is having fun at the reception.
Post # 12
We’re traditional on this one! the first time he’ll see me is when I’m walking down the aisle. Fortunately, we’ve got a Catholic gap so plenty time to take pictures after the ceremony before the cocktail hour (probably the only positive about the gap:) )
Post # 15
i don’t want him to see me until i walk down the aisle so i can get the full reaction!
Post # 16
We both wanted to take pictures after the ceremony and skip the first look, however, since our wedding is in the winter and the sun sets early, we are unable to do that. We are for sure doing the first look pics so that the ceremony will start after 4. If not, our ceremony must start at 2 and that is way earlier than we wanted because we only have an 8 hour time block for our venue. Also, by doing the first look, we are able to end the party at 11 instead of 9
It really depends on your schedule; when the ceremony starts, how many hours you have, when you want to end, when the sun sets and etc. Since your wedding is in Feb, the sun will set pretty early. I would start the ceremony early so that all of your couple pictures will not be in the dark if you went without a first look.