(Closed) First looks in a way?

posted 5 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I feel like that could totally work!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I dunno, not sure what a priest is going to make of a groom praying for a photo op

Besides lots of churches dont have anything against first looks. Some churches here in mex say the couple should see each other before hand and have a family procession rather than having groom waiting at altar and bride walking in

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

hmm…here in my hometown (in the US) and also in mexico, it’s actually encouraged that the bride and groom greet their guests at the doors of the church before the ceremony and they discourage the whole hide the bride thing….so they certainly don’t care if you have a first look moment before doing so….so yeah, I guess things differ from place to place.

But I haven’t seen a catholic wedding where they hide the bride untl the prescession, in a very, very, long time. They are usually at the door together before the ceremony starts. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

We didn’t do a first look because my husband wanted the full “Bride Walks Down the Aisle” moment, but we were never told we couldn’t do one. That said, since one of the options (which we don’t use much in the United States) is  to walk in includes both bride and groom in the processional, I don’t know why you couldn’t work something out in the church prior to the wedding if you wanted to.

 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m not catholic, so I have no idea how the church views first looks/praying photos before ceremony, but another cute idea I saw on pinterest was the bride and groom reading letters that they wrote each other while they were holding hands (without looking)….so cute!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I have never heard anything about first looks not being permitted/being frowned upon in the Catholic church. Seeing each other before the ceremony has nothing to do with the Sacrament. It is just an antiquated tradition. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m making my “first look” the walk down the aisle. I know people say it’s so you don’t get emotional, but I think that’s what the ceremony is about – all that love and emotion and sharing it with your family and friends. If your church doesn’t allow it, I think you should embrace that your first look is when your Fiance sees you coming down that aisle 🙂

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@cantonbride:  maybe this is a myth but I always thought the whole “you don’t see the bride before the ceremony” thing was from way back in the day when marriages were arranged so that the groom didn’t make a run for it. Definitely agree it’s got nothing to do with the sacrament as far as the church is concerned.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I love those on Pinterest!!! Do it and post pics for us!!

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Amitchell12:  Yeah if your priest is telling you the “Church” doesn’t like first looks, I think he means HE doesn’t like first looks. I’ve worked at two parishes and never heard of anyone saying such a thing. 

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