Post # 1
I’d love to get some advice from married bees who opted for a “first look”. We’re really excited by this, we love doing things that are slightly quirky and whilst it was brought up by our photographer as a way to circumvent time constraints we’ve really embraced the idea.
However, I do have a couple of questions/concerns I’d love to run past those with experience:
(1) I’m planning on silk shoes to match my gown. Our first look is going to be in a park. Is there any way to safeguard my shoes so they don’t look bad by the time of the ceremony?
(2) Makeup. I’m a crier. I’m probably going to be bawling. Did you hold on to your makeup person to fix tear-stained eyes before the ceremony? I’m hopeless with makeup, particularly eye makeup, and I couldn’t trust myself.
(3) Did anyone who did this regret not having their wedding rings in their photos? We’re going to do some after the ceremony as well so I probably shouldn’t get too stressed about this?
Anything else that would be useful to know? Thanks!
Post # 3
I wouldn’t worry about the shoes at all – we did a first look and the bottom of my dress got quite a few dirt stains on it, and the shoes got mud about a centimetre up them.
Nobody at all noticed or cared when the ceremony rolled around – they all look at your face, the dress and the groom. Unless your shoes or the bottom of your dress and designed to stand out, no one is really going to look at them at all.
ETA: If you could keep your makeup person back for an affordable amount (or free) that would be great. Otherwise, make sure one of your bridesmaids is handy with makeup and willing to do touch-ups.
As for the rings – didn’t even notice the lack of ring photos. The photographer got a few of those after the ceremony, but we’re not planning on filling a photo album with pictures of our left hands, so we really only need a few of those photos.
Post # 4
id love to hear some logisitics on first looks too!
Post # 5
You may want to wear flats if you’re going to be walking on grass. Another option is getting sole mates to protect your heels.
My make-up artist left before the first look and I was fine. I teared up a little during the ceremony but I wasn’t bawling or anything. If you’re worried you can ask your make-up artist what he/she suggests.
I’ve honestly never even thought about how the first look photos don’t have our wedding rings. I’m not fussed for details though.