(Closed) First look…. thoughts?

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Post # 3
8453 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@future-mrs:  I did a first look, but I’m also not worried about my marriage not working just because my groom saw me beforehand.  I actually got to enjoy my cocktail hour, plus I was able to have a private, intimate moment with my groom just before the ceremony.  I’m not very “traditional” though, so my groom helped me pick my dress.  He was still surprised on our wedding day since I never do my hair and don’t wear make-up.  I think it just depends on what you want on your wedding day.

Post # 4
1088 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We are doing a first look, and I am really looking forward to it.  I think the first look photos are the most intimate and sweetest photos I see of weddings, and I love the look on the groom’s face when he sees the bride.  Plus, we want to get into our cocktail hour since that’s where we will be doing our dances and cake/pie cutting.

Post # 5
8694 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

we are doing a first look. 

whether he sees me for the first time in my dress as i walk down the aisle or in a private moment, he is still seeing me for the first time at some point.

we also want our wedding party and family to enjoy the cocktail hour and not have to take pictures during this time.

In My Humble Opinion, the more pictures you can take before, the better.

however, we are only doing first look, immediate family, and wedding party before hand.  we will get a few photos with extended family during the last 15 minutes of cocktail hour.

Post # 6
1828 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

We are having a two hour bridal portrait session together two days before the wedding. We originally were going to book it after but because it’s at Walt Disney World there are no sessions booked during holiday times.

The more I think about it the more I’m loving it. We get all that time in the parks with just us! I can’t wait!

Post # 7
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve posted this article before, but here’s a good one on first looks and why you should do them (along with some beautiful first look photos).

Post # 8
7651 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

If I wouldn’t have done a first look, I have no idea how I would have squeeze my pics in without pissing off my guests and making them wait. I enjoyed our first look. It was a very special moment, and I don’t believe in those superstitions like your doomed if he sees you before the wedding.

We were very relaxed during the pictures as well. We didn’t have to think of anyone else, being late for the reception, cutting pics short or anything like that. We got to take our time.

Post # 9
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I still haven’t decide if we’re doing one or not. I’m not superstitious and wouldn’t care much if my Fiance were to see me before the wedding. But honestly most first look pictures look kind of cheesy and staged to me. Plus it would bother me to look back at my pictures of us as a couple and know that I wasn’t actually married yet when they were taken! I want to have that happy, we-just-got-married glow.

Post # 10
2808 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

we’re doing one. i want that private time, just the two of us.

we’re also planning on doing a lot of photos before the wedding, if we can. i hate leaving guests waiting.

Post # 11
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I want my wedding photographs to capture actual, meaningful moments. I will do minimal posed photos for this reason. I feel like a first look is not something I would do at a wedding for any other reason than for photos. So I won’t do one. Having said that I will probably see my SO before the wedding. I just won’t stage a big old photo shoot for it….

Post # 12
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I also find the justification of having a nice private moment before the ceremony to be a strange one… I mean, is it really private when it’s you, your fiance, and a photographer?? I can see trying to settle my nerves by having a few minutes alone with him that morning, but I don’t think knowing I’m being photographed would make it very intimate!


Post # 13
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Catcat1:  Looks like we were commenting at the same time, I totally agree!!

Post # 14
7219 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

We did a first look and I loved it. I absolutely don’t regret it. Also, the logistics of the day would have been a nightmare (not just the time gap but also rides to and from the ceremony) if we hadn’t seen each other before the ceremony. I also rally enjoyed hanging out with my closest friends and SO all morning. It was one of the best parts of the day.

It didn’t ruin our moment down the aisle. It was still special and still emotional even though we had already seen each other.

Post # 15
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We aren’t doing a first look.  I am not a big fan of the first look photos I have seen.  For my first wedding, one of my favorite pictures was his expression when he first saw me walking down the aisle.  The photographer captured it perfectly.

We are going to do an hour of pictures after the ceremony.  Then head to the tent to do cake cutting, dinner, first dances, etc.  We will dance a little with the guests and then leave for 30 minutes to do some pictures at dusk (assuming it isn’t raining!).  Then back to the dance floor for the rest of the night.

ETA: We are doing as many pictures beforehand as possible with the women, the parents, my kids and I, and the guys.  Every picture we can do without us will be done prior.

Post # 16
9575 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am because I want almost all of my pictures done before the wedding.

I’m not making my guests have a 2 hour (or more) gap so that I can take photos.  And my ceremony is at the same site as my reception so it seems silly to be at the site and then leave to take photos for 2 hours just to come back.  When instead, I could do it beforehand.

SOOOOO much easier.  And more relaxing.  I will get to relax during photos beforehand instead of getting anxious to be at the reception.

I’m also not very supersititious since I think it’s a bunch of BS so there you go.

I will not have any regrets, I am very happy to have them done before.

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