Post # 16
- 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
We waited, and by the time I got to the altar he was a crying mess lol.
Post # 18
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
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
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
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
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
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 # 24
Thank you all for your wonderful responses! Luckly we have plenty of time to decide. I think we are leaning toward not doing a first look. The main reason we were considering doing one is because there are so many pictures we want to get, him specifically. He is a car collector, and wants to get a few pictures with at least 2 of his cars and one of his motorcycles (they are like his babies, and he actually has some really neat ideas).. so with all of the traditional pictures, plus any pictures with his cars, plus the 15 min drive from the church to the reception hall, I just don’t want people to end up leaving because of waiting on us. I’m thiking we will just have to decide on a few picutres that we really want, and have the cars set up ready to go so that those pictures will be quick and easy.
Post # 25
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
We waited because we could 🙂
Post # 26
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
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
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
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
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!