June 7, 2019
To my brides that i’ve asked before “are you up for doing a first look?” I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about this, and I must forewarn you ahead of time. You all know how much I love the “untraditional” first look and not because its “untraditional” (you know i’m an old fashioned gal) but because it has so many benefits! A lot of my brides have written this off idea off before even considering it, and I get that. How will you explain it to mom? Will you still get the reaction you want? Let me tell you, I was that bride. I contemplated it for weeks, talked it over with Brandon (who of course just wanted me to be happy) and eventually decided to go with it!
I am so glad I did! I still got all the butterflies walking down the aisle as well as a teary-eyed groom, it was still the moment I dreamed up in my head. Brandon and I were able to talk and embrace each other without 150+ people watching for his reaction or expression! A lot of brides think they will loose that intimate moment with their groom if they see each other before the ceremony and thats just not true. In fact, it gives the groom the opportunity to be emotional (and himself) without the pressure! Having a first look with Brandon did so much for our wedding day and it does for so many of my brides that choose to have one as well.
Let me just say, if you choose not to have a first look there is nothing wrong with that decision! It is YOUR DAY and you and your hubby get to choose how it goes and what you want to have captured. You’ll have a beautiful, intimate moment regardless of how and when. But, for my brides that are considering it here are some of the many benefits the first look has for your wedding day!
Here is a sample timeline of a day without a first look –
1pm getting ready photos, 2:30 ceremony, 3pm cocktail hour (family formals, bridal party, bridal portraits) 4pm tent introductions, first dance, toasts 5pm dinner served 6pm parents dances & cake 7-9 dancing.
Here is a sample timeline of a day with a first look –
11:30 getting ready photos, 1pm first look followed by bride and groom portraits and bridal party 2:30 ceremony 3pm cocktail hour (family formals, possible bride and groom portraits or relaxing) 4pm tent introductions, first dance, toasts 5pm dinner served 6pm parents dances & cake 7pm sunset photos and dancing 8pm photographers leave.
I know this is a big decision. As a bride, this is something I took very seriously but at the end of the day I am so glad I had one! I hope this blog post helps in making the decision for you and your groom!