(Closed) First Look?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: When will you see your groom?

    We are going to see eachother before the ceremony

    We will not see eachother until the ceremony

    Other- do tell!

  • Post # 17
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    My Fiance is very traditional when it comes to this. I told him what a “first look” was and he  immediately told me that I better not even think for a minute that we’re doing that. Baha! Ok babe… I get it 🙂

    Post # 18
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    We have a “Catholic gap” between our wedding and reception, so we’ll have lots of time for pictures after.  I don’t want to see him until I walk up the aisle.

    Post # 19
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    My FH swears he will not do a “first look”, but we will prob be doing one.  He is extremely logical so once I lay out the timeline to him, I am sure that he will agree to do it.  I think that a first look makes better use of the time after the ceremony and you will not leave guest waiting too long.  I have been to a few weddings lately where it was hours before the bride and groom showed up, people were rightfully upset and some had even left.

    Post # 20
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

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    @irishbride2be: We are doing our first look for the same exact reason! We are a few weeks after you, but are afraid of not having good light if we wait until after our 4:30pm ceremony. We will take a few sunset pics after of just us, but everything else will be done beforehand!

    Post # 21
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I didn’t want to do one, but the logistics of our day really made it necessary.  Honestly, I didn’t really think to “plan” it and it wasn’t all that great (late photographer issues caused me to stress, another story entirely) On the other hand, I was much calmer by ceremony time.

    If you do it, spend some time to plan out where it’s going to be, the pictures you wnat, etc.  Make sure to communicate this with your photog and videographer.

    Post # 22
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We’re seeing each other before the ceremony and I am soo excited about it! We wanted to make sure we had lots of pictures together, and I am absolutely terrified about being the centre of attention, so getting some time together before the ceremony will help calm my nerves I’m sure.

    We will be seperating again before the ceremony so I will still walk down the aisle towardss him, but it just works for us 🙂 And yeah, his mother just about lost it when we told her lol. I am obsessed with photos so it just gives us a chance to have even more!

    Post # 23
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We are seeing each other before.  Part of it for me is logistics and the other part is just because I feel like I will be a bundle of nerves that day and sometimes he’s the one person that can calm me down.  Having him there will bring a certain balance that I think will help me get down that aisle! Not that I’m not incredibly excited to marry him, I just don’t like being the center of attention and, have historically been a little frightened of commitment, so that aisle has always seems like more of a plankwalk.

    Post # 24
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    My fiance was up for a first look and our wedding planner was all about it for various practical reasons.  But I insist on that moment happening when I am at one end of the aisle and he’s at the other end.  I almost started to cry when they were talking about doing away with that!

    Post # 25
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    so, we did the first look, and let me tell you. it was one of the best decisions related to the wedding that we made. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

    i thought that it would take away from the whole “me walking down the aisle thing,” but he still bawled when he saw me. it’s in a totally different context when you are walking down the aisle with music (and most likely with your dad) and brings out totally different emotions.

    we got some amazing pictures by seeing each other before the wedding, and it took a LOT of stress out of the day. i would highly, highly recommend it.

    Post # 26
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    The reason were doing “first look” before the wedding is because my fiance has anxiety issues with crowds of people so I think it will make him much comfortable to be able to see me before all the hype.  Other is because we don’t wanna keep people waiting 3 hrs before reception so we can take photos, there a lot out of town guests. Plus I myself don’t like to be waiting especially if I’m a out of town guest. 

    Post # 27
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We won’t see each other until I walk down the isle. We both want that “WOW” moment. I don’t think its the same if we saw each other prior to that.

    Post # 28
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    It’s a different time to have a wow moment. It’s a private wow moment. I loved the intimate time we had together with just the two of us (okay, and the photographer) that short time before the wedding. If I could do it all over again, I would do the first look again for sure!

    Post # 29
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    He has to put the veil over my face before I walk down the aisle–so it’s not intentionally a first look. He first sees me at the start of the festivities, but it will not be from across the aisle.

    I picked “other.”

    Post # 30
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    Helper bee

    I loved our first look 🙂 We did it right before the ceremony. It made a lot of sense for logistical reasons. It doesn’t ruin the surprise moment, it just makes it more private!

    Post # 31
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    We are going to do a first look followed by an hour of photos of just the two of us.

    Reason one:The MAIN reason we’re doing it is so I don’t cry coming down the aisle. I feel like seeing him beforehand will make it less nerve racking and help me get through the ceremony.

    Reason 2: It will be nearly dark when we come out of the church at 6pm, we want to make sure to get great photos outside in the sunlight. We’re starting photos at 2pm.

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