Post # 1
So my Fiance and I have been thinking about a first look rather then waiting till he sees me down the aisle. Being that my fiancé doesn’t like showing his emotions in front of other people , i’ve been considering it . I just don’t want to regret it later on so do any of you bees regret having a first look ?
Post # 2
We are having a first look and I can’t wait! honestly it will be one of the only times we are all by ourselves all day long. it will be so intimate and romantic and lovely. I can’t imagine doing it any other way!
All of the photos I’ve ever seen from first looks have been just perfect. they’re usually my favorites. I say go for it and don’t look back!
Post # 3
I can’t wait to do this as well. I think it’s a perfect idea and makes picture taking less stressful later on. Plus its a completely intimate moment for your fiance and yourself to enjoy away from all of the hustle and bustle of the day! My fiance cries very easily about anything and everything which is another reason why we decided to do the first look…I dont want him a blubbering mess as I’m walking towards him lol
Post # 4
I did one and I’m so glad we did. It was one of my favorite parts of the day and we got awesome pictures! And it didn’t take anything away from the ceremony at all. Zero regrets!
I just can’t help sharing a couple pictures:
Post # 5
- Wedding: April 2017 - City, State
We aren’t planning on doing one. We want to wait for the walk down the aisle moment. But we’re also spending the night before the wedding together and spending the morning together until it’s time to split up to get ready, so we’ll have a good part of the morning to spend time alone with each other before the ceremony.
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Post # 7
Absolutely not! We only had 10 guest and they were pretty much all his family, so even though he’s shy, he still showed emotion during the ceremony. We even rode to the ceremony together and he still got ready eyed when I walked down toward him!
Post # 8
First look isn’t a thing in the uk.
The big moment is the bride walking in and the bride and groom seeing each other for the first time. That’s really lovely and special. And yes there’s often tears (from the chap) but that’s ok 🙂
Post # 9
Well, the original reason behind the groom not seeing the bride before the wedding originated with arranged marriages. That way, the groom didn’t have a chance to run if he thought she was ugly.
I am typically a very traditional person, but this coupled with the fact that we don’t have just a ton of time to take pictures for just the two of us…yeah. We’re doing a first look. 🙂
Post # 10
suziq23 : that makes thinking about the veil take on a different light! 😅
Post # 11
annelise210516 : And it is exactly what you’re thinking! 😀 The father didn’t want the groom to run off because it would dishonor the family.
Post # 12
UK-bee : Totally!
I’m also in the UK and we don’t do this. There is no way I would have had a first look. All our guests were excited to see the bride but equally excited to see the groom’s face knowing it was the first time he’d seen the bride. I always enjoy that when I’m a guest at a wedding- getting to live the emotion of the couple with them. It’s such a special moment to witness and makes you feel so much part of the experience.
I spoke to my photographer about this and she said that they do it in America because weddings are much shorter than ours so they don’t have much time for couple portraits otherwise. UK weddings usually start at 1pm-2pm, US weddings I understand are late afternoon/evening events. So if it’s practical then I see the necessity but it lacks drama and romance for me!
Walking down the aisle seeing each other for the very first time was super-charged with emotion and definitely the best part of my whole day.
Post # 13
UK bee here, we didn’t do a first look.
There are plenty of occasions to get emotional at weddings, Darling Husband didn’t look as I went down the aisle, but he cried at different times of the day.
No regrets about not having a first look.
Post # 14
We aren’t doing a first look. Both of us want the first time he sees me to be when I’m walking down the aisle.
Post # 15
We did a first look because I would have been a wreck at the ceremony otherwise. The first look allowed us to see each other alone and it helped calm us both down which was awesome. we also wanted to enjoy our cocktail hour. We have no regrets . I was still emotional during the ceremony and several people came up to us to tell us they had never seen a groom as happy as Darling Husband looked that day 🙂