(Closed) does a “first look” ruin the walk down the aisle?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: if you did a "first look" with your fi, do you regret it?
    yes : (33 votes)
    26 %
    no : (92 votes)
    74 %
  • Post # 3
    514 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I think it’s like you said that there are pros and cons but remember that whether you walk out of the room you got dressed in or walk down the aisle just have the photographer there to capture the moment he sees you. It will be special regardless of who else is there.

    Post # 4
    583 posts
    Busy bee

    We are planning a first look, and I think if anything it will make us (particularly me) feel less stressed when I’m walking down the aisle! Plus you get sweet, private pictures of the two of you instead of having everyone witness your first look at the bride/groom. I feel like every Bee that blogs about it talks about what a great idea it is, both for nerves and for picture purposes.

    Post # 5
    10363 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    We absolutely did not regret our first look. We actually had 2 hours with each other to take pictures, just the two of us, and it was soooo nice to be away from everyone revelling in our wedding day together.

    Post # 6
    1545 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I haven’t done one yet but we made the decision to go ahead and do a 1st look. We are really excited about it and it are going to make sure it is just between us (with the videographer and photographer of course).

    Post # 7
    3575 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We did photos before our ceremony, so first look was the way we were going.  And I have to tell you, it was amazing. 

    I’m so glad we did it because the excitement and anticipation I felt all morning until that very moment of walking down the path to him was beyond intense!  I’ll never forget it…and he cried.

    I have some photos here but the video (abuot 1-2 min. into it) you’ll see our first look.


    Post # 8
    3575 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I also want to add that I was equally as excited to see him waiting for me at the end of the aisle for our ceremony as well even though we had just seen each other 30 minutes prior.

    Post # 11
    860 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I was debating it because I want things to be traditional in that he won’t see me until I walk down the aisle.  I am a super nervous person when it comes to being center of attention.   Plus my Father is my heart and I know it’s going to be super emotional when he gives me away.  I think the first look will really help me through these things.  I spoke to my girlfriend that was married last summer and she said it really helped her relax before the ceremony and she reccommends it.  That’s all she had to say and I was SOLD!

    Post # 12
    3756 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @stephinPA: Oh my goodness that video was so sweet I almost cried =) 

    Post # 13
    4411 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA

    We did a first look and don’t regret it one bit. Everything about it was so perfect, and we felt so much more relaxed during the ceremony.  And let me tell you, the reaction on DH’s face at the first look made it all worth while. He wouldn’t have reacted that way if it had been during the ceremony. He would have held back his reaction during the ceremony, because he took the ceremony VERY seriously.

    His expression for the first look:


    His expression for the ceremony:


    Both of them convey utter love for me, but in different contexts… I love both looks, and I’m so glad I got both of them in pictures.

    Post # 14
    7693 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I didn’t do a first look but I have not heard of a bride who regretted doing one! That alone says something!

    Post # 15
    9028 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    This is a personal choice. Some people want to have the first look pictures where they sneak up on their guy and he doesnt see them coming. But personally After all the work I’m going through now to choose the perfect wedding outfit I want the first time he sees me to be absolutely perfect. Also part of the magic of the walking down the aisle is the anticipation build up. Personally if he has already seen you for a first look you might as well just walk down the aisle together.

    All the couples who choose to do a first look say that it was marvelous and that it didnt affect them walking down the aisle, but theres no way that the excitement and buildup is the same as brides who didnt see their groom till they walked down the aisle

    Post # 16
    7299 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    It’s going to be special with whatever you decide.

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