Do You Plan A First Look Into Your Wedding Timeline?

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To See Her Or Not To See Her

Feb 10, 2016

That is the question. When planning your wedding and mapping out your timeline, you may be thinking “Should we do a first look?”.

First looks have become far more popular in the last few years and it is within good reason. Essentially, when people didn’t do them very often in the past it was because they were maintaining the tradition of the Groom not seeing the Bride until she walked down the aisle.

Well, now I think the first look has taken over as a new tradition! I even did a whole blog posts on traditions!I strongly believe each couple should be doing these and here are a few reasons why..

  • It Calms Your Nerves: Your wedding day can bring on the nerves, big time. So much anticipation has gone into planning your perfect day and as the day progresses, so do the nerves! Taking a moment before your ceremony to have some time between you and your soon-to-be spouse can be a perfect way to calm those nerves.
  • It Gives You A Moment To Be ‘Just You’: You spend the day surrounded by your friends and family, which is one of the best parts of your wedding! But there is very limited time where you can have some one on one time with your soon-to-be spouse. This is the perfect moment to have some quiet time together.
  • It Helps The Timeline: Things can often get behind when it comes to the wedding day timeline. Sometimes people are running late, sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate, there are always some surprises! IF the timeline needs to have some wiggle room, this always helps it. You can have your first look and get your bride and groom photos and bridal party photos done before the ceremony begins.
  • It Adds To The Aisle Moment: The moment the Groom sees his Bride for the first time is a moment that you dream of! And, in my opinion, having a first look only builds that moment up more. You get those nerves and emotions out of the way during the first look. But then, standing in-front of all your friends and families, you get to relive that moment and it all rushes back to you. The ‘aisle moment’ will be even more memorable now.
  • It Helps With Photos: As I said with helping the timeline, when you do a first look you can do Bride and Groom portraits and bridal party portraits before the ceremony even starts! It helps out the timeline so that after the ceremony, you can do family formals and sunset Bride and Groom photos. Then the bride and groom will get to enjoy a bit of cocktail hour with their guests! It is a win/win!

So, when you are planning your wedding day timeline, keep these things in mind! A first look is a great addition to your day and I am yet to meet a couple that regrets doing one. Only ones that wish they had.


Plus, it’s fun to be sneaky!






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