The Pros And Cons Of A First Look


A bride and groom hugging during their first look.

The first look at your wedding is an unforgettable experience. There is so much anticipation building up to the moment, that when you finally see your bride in her wedding dress, it drives home the realization that today is the day you say I do. But when it comes time to take that first look, should it be at the altar or a private moment reserved for the two of you? Take a look at some of the pros and cons that have helped our couples decide whether or not a first look was the right choice for their wedding.

A groom smiling widely, taking his bride’s hand as he sees her for the first time


An Intimate Moment

Wedding days are non-stop action from start to finish, leaving little time throughout the day for the bride and groom to share a private moment. The benefit of a first look is it provides the perfect opportunity to do just that. If you have letters or gifts you would like to exchange, or simply want some alone time, you can use these final moments as fiancés to enjoy an intimate moment before being joined by your guests to usher you into your new lives as a married couple.

Time Saver

One of the pros of setting time aside for the first look is it creates a window to take photos of both the first look and the bridal party before the ceremony begins. Without a first look, bridal party photos are typically done between the ceremony and reception while your guests enjoy the cocktail hour. By allowing time prior to the ceremony, you are able to join in the festivities and spend more time with your guests.

Ease Pre-Wedding Jitters

Between the fruition of all your careful planning and the idea of being the center of attention of sometimes hundreds of people, nerves can run wild for brides and grooms. By sharing a moment together for the first look prior to tying the knot, you can shift your focus to enjoying the company of your partner, which helps many excited couples shake off the pre-wedding jitters.

A wedding ceremony under a large tree.


Breaking of Tradition

Traditionally, the first look has always taken place as the bride makes her grand entrance down the aisle. If this is a part of your ideal wedding vision, then a first look prior to the aisle walk can impact the enthusiasm you feel during that moment.

Loved Ones Miss the Special Moment

For some couples, the first look is not only a special moment for them, but for all their family and friends who have come to support them. There is only one chance to see the bride in her wedding dress for the first time, and being able to share the joy you feel with not only your partner, but all your guests can create an atmosphere that makes the first look feel that much more satisfying.

Wear and Tear

You and your wedding party are dressed to the nines, and your makeup and hair have been applied to perfection. Since the first look often comes with a few tears, and bridal party photos are typically shot outdoors, your makeup and wedding attire can experience some wear and tear during the photoshoot. If remaining picture-perfect prior to the ceremony is a priority, then keeping the variables to a minimum could be in your best interests.  

An Unforgettable Moment

Despite the pros and cons of sharing your first look before your wedding ceremony, there is no right or wrong time and place to do so. Discuss the options with your partner to decide what feels right for both of you. Most importantly, remember that regardless of whether you decide to have your first look at the altar or in private, it will be a cherished moment that you always remember.

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