(Closed) Did anyone NOT do a first look?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 32
29 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

When we were planning out wedding I had the same feelings as you! It was SO hard to choose which route to go as far as a ‘first look’  I honestly never imagined seeing my future husband before I was walking down the asile, but all of the threads on this site made me think otherwise as so many brides had loved their decision to have one. In the end we decided to wait and personally I am so happy that we did. Yes, there is a lot going on during your wedding day and you want a moment for you both so just be sure to take that moment together (we took time together just us after the rehearsal dinner and stepped away after dinner with our photographer).  I honeslty believe you can’t go wrong if you decide to do a first look or not and it’s really all about personal preferance. No matter what you will have that special moment with your groom whether it be before the ceremony or at the moment he sees you walking down the aisle 🙂

Post # 33
419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We did not do one, and I do not regret it!  I loved that the first time we saw each other was at the ceremony!

Post # 34
25 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

I do not plan on doing a first look, but I have also had those feelings that maybe I should. But I’m sticking to my originial plan and no first look! I do, however, want a hand holding around a corner picture, and since we are having an outdoor wedding and there will be lots of trees, I want one where we’re standing around a large tree holding hands…I saw a picture of it and must have!!! 🙂

Post # 35
3189 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We didn’t do one…and I do regret it a bit. We were both imagining that magical moment of seeing eachother for the first time that day as I walked down the aisle. But for me, what actually happened was I was so wrapped up in being nervous about all the people watching, agonizing over whether the music would play properly since we had so many issues with it at the rehersal, over-analyzing the way I was walking/smiling/whatever because everyone is watching you…in hindsight I wish our first time seeing eachother had been a private moment, where I could focus on just him. I thought that was how it would be anyways, that once I saw him I wouldn’t be paying attention to anyone else, and all the other typical romantic things you hear about that moment, but for me adrenaline was so high at that point that it didn’t quite turn out that way.

Post # 36
3686 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We didn’t do a first look, and I’m so glad we waited!  I didn’t care either way, but my husband was really insistent that we not see each other before the ceremony.  In the end, I really liked having that traditional, walking down the aisle moment, and I’m glad we didn’t do it that way.  🙂

Our compromise was that we had two photographers and did the majority of our family photos before the ceremony.  DH was on one side of the church with one photographer; I was on the other side of the church with the other photographer, and halfway through, our families switched sides.  That way, we both got pictures with both families, and we got a lot of our shots out of the way.  After the ceremony, everyone else left for the reception, and we got to have some alone time, taking our couple portraits.  It was so nice to have that private time together, right after getting married.

Post # 37
1666 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We didn’t do a first look, we both really wanted that special moment of seeing each other as I walked down the aisle. I had a lot of people (wedding planner, photographer, etc) pushing me to do a first look because of time constraints, but it just wasn’t for us. I am very happy with out decision to not do one!

Still waiting for pro pics though, I do feel like we did get to do the couple-y pics I wanted, though I am sure we would have had more with a first look.

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