(Closed) Will you see your groom before the ceremony?

posted 6 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes! I fell in love with the idea of a first look shoot when I saw one on Pinterest… I really like the idea of having a moment, just the two of us (and the photographer, of course!) to share our excitement. I am also hoping that it will lessen the physical emotions while I am walking down the aisle — I know I will be a mess, so maybe I can get most of my tears out before the actual ceremony!

Oh, and I hope that we can get all the shots with the maids and groomsmen during this time too, so we can enjoy the time between the ceremony and reception with our wedding party…

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

yes, we are having pictures taken at our venue prior to ceremony.  we want to enjoy the cocktail hour with our guests.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are having a first look!  We hired an awsome photog and we wanted to be able to take as many pictures as possible.  We didn’t want to rush during cocktail hours trying to get all the pictures done.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yes. For several reasons:

– He’s Jewish, which means he comes from a tradition where a ketubah is signed before the ceremony, and the groom is part of the entrance processional. We’re incorporating both of those elements in our interfaith ceremony. We could have gotten around both of these things – technically the bride doesn’t need to sign the ketubah (her father does), but that didn’t feel right for a number of reasons for us, and he could have led off the procession without seeing me, but that seemed to needlessly complicate things.

– Timing. Ceremony starts at 5pm, which is already pretty late. I wouldn’t want to do pictures once we’ve lost the light.

– Cocktail hour food. I love those little bites.

– First look pictures. Hands down, these are ALWAYS my favorite shots when I look at pics from the weddings of my friends.

– And most importantly, this is a big day for both of us, and having a few moments alone together before we take our vows to catch our breath and get ready…. I think I’m looking forward to that most of all.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Nope! We won’t see each other until it’s time for me to walk down the aisle. Surprisingly, he was the one who was adamant about not wanting to see me until that moment. I guess we’re both traditional because I love the idea as well. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I am!  We are doing it for 3 main reasons.  1. the photog admitted that it is really hard getting the look on both the bride and grooms face during the aisle trip, so he thinks it will be a good opportunity to catch both of our reactions easily.  2. we want more time to hang out with guests after the ceremony. 3. everyone I have talked to that did a first look said that for their ceremony that were calm and not crying everywhere (and I really don’t want to ugly cry).

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yes, we are doing a “first look”. I initially didn’t want to but it makes more sence to do one. It’s mostly because I don’t want a big gap between the ceremony and dinner. ( we’re having both at the same place). We want to have some nice pictures on our wedding day and not feel rushed . Otherwise i don’t think i would be able to enjoy going to take pictures because we would have 150 people waiting on us. I want to enjoy the day, and not have to worry our guests getting bored or feeling neglected. Wedding planning is such hard work and I want to enjoy mine as much as possible!My Fiance and I see each other every day anyway. I don’t think seeing him a few hours before the ceremony will hurt anything. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Nope. I’ve gone back and forth on this and we’ve decided we aren’t going to. I love first look pictures and I love the special moment that couples share with first looks. But I’ve always dreamed of my groom seeing me for the first time at the end of the isle and Fiance said he didn’t want to do a first look. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yes, I will see him before the ceremony.  For a few reasons; we are having the ceremony and reception at the same place (our backyard) so we don’t want to run away and get pictures done. We will do them before. We will have some time alone before everything gets started. Hopefully get some of the tears and emotion out before the walk down the aisle.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We’re not doing a first look. It would make it easier because I do not want to miss any of the cocktail hour, but we both really want the first time to see each other to be down the aisle. I guess that’s just how I’ve imagined it in my head. To be honest, I’d feel pressure doing a first look with a photographer there, like we both would have to display some kind of emotion to get a great picture…and then I’d feel like it was fake. I love seeing the first look pics on here- we just won’t be doing it.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Yep, we are doing the first look and we are super excited!!! 🙂 We want to have an intimate moment (and probably the only one on the wedding day) before the ceremony. Knowing my Fiance, he will tear up and cry and so will I.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

We did one and the reason was because I wanted some personal time with my groom before the wedding. I wanted to be able to see the look on his face clearly and be able to say things like, “So do you like my dress?” “Look, did you see my earrings?” “What do you think of my shoes?” Haha.. Really Darling Husband and I are just more private people that don’t like being the center of attention so we wanted this special moment to just be private. 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

We didn’t do one, and for us it was without a doubt the right choice. My husband was terribly nervous during the whole ceremony, but he would’ve been even if he had seen me. We were both so excited for our first sight of each other was on the aisle. He brings it up all the time, how excited he was when he got some brief glimpses of me and then we he saw me head on. The photos of his expressions are priceless.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Yes! I’m a big crybaby so, hopefully I can get all the tears out before the ceremony. 🙂

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