(Closed) “First look” or first look as you came down the aisle?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Did you do the "first look"?
    First look with photos before the ceremony : (100 votes)
    41 %
    First look only : (2 votes)
    1 %
    First look as you walked down the aisle then photos before the reception : (139 votes)
    57 %
    Other...please explain below : (5 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    6891 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    We’re not only doing it for convenience, though I do really love that aspect. The idea, to me, is more about the intimacy of it. You get to see eachother for the first time JUST the two of you, with the photographer catching those looks and moments. It just seemed really special to me, and that’s what we’re doing.

    Granted, we’re not super traditional, and will be walking down the aisle hand in hand. 🙂

    Post # 4
    114 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We’re being super traditional and not doing a first look. No one will see me other than the bridal party and our parents before I walk down the isle.

    Post # 5
    2424 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I’m currently debating about this…I hadn’t planned on doing a first look because I want the special moment as I walk down the aisle. But in talking to our potentials photographers I am unsure because I want to make sure we get enough pictures of us and they aren’t too rushed. But in my friend’s wedding last weekend my favorite part of the ceremony was watching the groom’s reaction as he saw his bride for the first time. So I’m still on the fence!

    Post # 6
    1610 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We thought about doing a first look, but my fiance was the one who didn’t want to do it.  He really wanted that experience of seeing me for the first time as I walk down the aisle.  I guess I can’t complain with that!

    Post # 7
    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I do agree with most people that it makes logisitic sense to do a 1st look.  It would speed things up with getting to reception.  However, I just can’t do it.  I think its fine for other people to do it, but I can’t see it for myself. 

    Post # 8
    2853 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    We’re doing a first look. I’ve been to so many weddings where the bride & groom have missed a huge chunk of the party – neither of us want to do that!

    Post # 9
    235 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I want to see the look on his face when I come down the aisle, not before 🙂 I understand doing it the other way around, but it’s just not for us!

    Post # 11
    331 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’ve even heard of doing a “first look” in your ceremony venue – – with your parents in the first row, your bridal party standing up front and your man waiting up front as you “walk down the aisle”. . . all before the actual ceremony. 

    Post # 12
    1229 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Why anyone would want to do this first look thing is beyond me!  Maybe I am old school too.  I think it takes away from the anticipation!  Geez and people really get carried away with the photos.  This day is about your love for one another, do we really have to spend thousands of dollars to do this?  I loved the anticipation my husband had on his face, and the just “I can’t wait to see her”.  I think it is totally worth it to just wait till you walk your beautiful self down the aisle! 

    Post # 13
    5836 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    We did a first look and loved it. I’ve said it before but he did not shed a tear during our first look and he criiiiiied when I walked down the aisle. There is a difference between “hey you look so pretty” and “holy sh*t we’re getting married”

    @atalante: We still missed 80% of cocktail hour 

    Post # 14
    18628 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We did a first look before the wedding with pictures and I would do it again with no hesitation.  We got the best pictures from that time and it helped with the nerves walking down the aisle.

    Post # 15
    1199 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    In Jewish weddings it is traditional for the bride and groom to see each other before the ceremony, so NOT doing a first look would be untraditional for me…

    Post # 16
    2853 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @LGenz: I am hell-bent on that not happening. I will go bridezilla if I must!  😉  ….but I’ll prepare myself for the possibility.

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