(Closed) To do… or not to do the FIRST LOOK!?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
13 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

I was debating on whether we should do a first look or not, too.  But when I really thought about it I think I would much rather get all the jitters out before the wedding, I would hate to break into tears while walking down the aisle seeing his reaction! Congratulations and happy planning!

Post # 4
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I did a first look and I completely have no regrets! I loved seeing his face and hearing him gasp as he turned around to look at me. We had this tender, quiet moment where we could just savor seeing each other all done up and bursting at the seams with happiness that we were soon going to be husband and wife! We could hug and cuddle, it was so perfect. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. 

Also, we had ample time to take pictures without any rush which would have been a different story if we had waited until after the ceremony, and many guests said they loved that we were there to socialize with them instead of running off to take photos.

Post # 5
38 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

Thanks so much for posting this! I was still on fence, even though I work in the wedding industry and I know all of the logistical benefits of it.

 @DeathByDesign: Your recap of the moment helped seal the deal for me.

We will definitely be doing a first look!

Post # 6
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I am way to traditional for a first look.  I am taking great pains to keep the dress secret and staying at my moms house the night before. It’s a personal decision, not one anybody can make for you….

Post # 7
1036 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

i am not doing first look and personaly never would. i feel as if it takes away from the wedding day. i want him to cry, and i want the first time he see me for everyone to see how he acts. but thats just me.

Post # 8
138 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’re doing one. Our ceremony is starting at 6 due to being summer and Texas and I wanted more time for reception fun than pictures after the ceremony.

Post # 9
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I’m not doing a first look. I’ve been married before, so I know I won’t need to “shake out the nerves.” I want that anticipation of seeing my groom at the end of the aisle. But, to each her own.

Post # 11
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I was really opposed to the idea of a first look for awhile, but now I’m all for it.  First, I like the idea of getting as many photos as possible out of the way before the ceremony, rather than trying to cram them all into the cocktail hour (I have a large family, so family photos + complete bride and groom photos in one hour is going to be way too ambitious – I like the idea of doing a bunch of b & g photos before and then doing a few after the ceremony when the sun is setting).

Second, pretty much every first look photo shoot I’ve seen is just gorgeous in terms of the amount of emotion I see in the photos.  You get that emotion during the walk during the ceremony, too, but it seems in a first look you can really savor it, rather than leaping right into the ceremony.  First look photos always seem really powerful to me.  I don’t think I’ll feel like my walk during the ceremony is any less special.  I also think I’ll enjoy having that time with Fiance before the ceremony.

Post # 12
1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@csperry2:  slowly but surely I am coming around to the idea of doing one but still not 100% made up my mind yet.

Post # 13
9648 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

I personally wouldn’t even consider it, I want the moment we first see each other to be when I am walking down the aisle

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