(Closed) Waiting to see each other until walking down the aisle, or doing a first look?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: First look, or wait until walking down the aisle to see each other?

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  • Post # 16
    3437 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

    Fiance would rather wait and see me as I walk down the aisle. We plan to have a couple separate photos with our bridal parties and immediate family members an hour before the ceremony then a few more pics with everyone together during cocktail hour and then the photographer can snap away during reception. As someone else stated I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way. But part of me is super excited to wait and see his reaction. 🙂 

    Post # 17
    174 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    We waited, and by the time I got to the altar he was a crying mess lol. 

    Post # 18
    2521 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We waited- it was a super special moment and I think guests were touched they got to experience that and it made for a great picture.  However, in retrospect I think I would have rather seen him beforehand.  Not because of pictures- we had plenty of time for pictures (and the look of him seeing me walk down the aisle was a MUCH better reaction than he would have been in a forced first look) and we even made some of cocktail hour, but because I was so nervous beforehand and my husband has a way of calming me down.   I think I would have been more relaxed beforehand and enjoyed the getting ready a little bit more.  There is merit in both ways though!  

    Post # 19
    2314 posts
    Buzzing bee

    You have to to what is best for you.  We are choosing to do a first look beause whe are having a rather large wedding and want an intimate moment for ourselves. We have a feeling that the day wil go by and we will not have much time to just enjoy eachother and a first look is one day to do it.  Although we will be missing out on the surprise at the ceremony, there is plenty of emotion within the ceremony that will be real.  

    Post # 20
    1685 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    We are waiting! Pictures are important but I don’t want that to be the reason why we “get it over with” (seeing each other before ceremony). If that makes sense… 

    I want to experience seeing my man and him seeing me right there down that aisle. 

    I don’t even want to see his outfit all put together so that we can both be surprised. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Post # 21
    2667 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    We won’t be seeing each other until I’m walking down the aisle. I’m not an overly traditional person and didn’t care whether we did a first look or not, but my Fiance really doesn’t want to do one. I don’t think we’ll regret the decision, we’ll be married and at the end of the day that’s all that really matters.

    Post # 22
    39 posts
    • Wedding: October 1974

    Well, we arrived at the registry office together and even walked down the aisle together, so we saw each other at all times leading up to the wedding. So for that reason I voted “first look.” But I know how special it is for people who wait until “the moment.”

    Post # 23
    57 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    We are doing a first look. We are a private couple and wanted to have a special moment together before the ceremony. We’ll also be walking down the aisle and into the ceremony together, so a first look makes sense. 

    Post # 25
    4225 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

    We waited because we could 🙂

    Post # 26
    1146 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    We’re not doing a first look. We both love to feel suspense, I personally love surprises (good surprises). He’s been so determined to not even see a hint of my dress, or even what my inspirational dresses were. He’s sooo determined to wait for the aisle.

    Post # 27
    248 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

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    futuremrss17 :  we got the shots we wanted separately done before the wedding- like me with my bridesmaids and mom and him with his sister, etc. then we just had a few big family pictures and couples photos to do. The part after the ceremony took maybe 30 minutes to do, which was great, because that gave everyone time to move to the reception and be all set up. 

    Post # 28
    10306 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    We’re waiting until I come down the aisle. Partly because I want a big reveal because I have a flair for the dramatic and partly because Fiance is traditional when it comes to weddings and thats “just the way its done”.

    Post # 29
    134 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    I recently posted a thread about this issue, and I think i have decided to do a first look. Mainly because we’ll get awesome pics, and it’ll prevent us from taking lots of pictures after the wedding. Also, my bridesmaids and I are spending the night at a friend’s cabin (about 15 minutes from the ceremony and reception space) and getting ready there. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous so I think that’s where our first look is going to take place, and probably where we will take some wedding party pictures. Neither me nor my Fiance are emotional AT ALL so I don’t expect a crying response anyways…LOL.

    Post # 30
    246 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    Although I like the idea of doing the first look, especially for pictures sake, my fiance and I are waiting to see each other until I walk down the aisle. We just feel that’s more traditional and a more dramatic entrance!

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