The First Look Debate

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In the excite­ment of wed­ding plan­ning, decid­ing on whether to have a first look can be com­mon­ly swept under the rug. Cou­ples are often super­sti­tious about see­ing their sig­nif­i­cant oth­er before the cer­e­mo­ny. They want the ele­ment of sur­prise when they see their spouse-to-be for the first time walk­ing down the aisle. Although hold­ing tra­di­tion is impor­tant for many cou­ples, there are many advan­tages to hav­ing a first look.

Why to have a first look

The pri­ma­ry rea­son I advo­cate for a first look is the prin­ci­ple of time. It gives the pho­tog­ra­ph­er more time to take pho­tos rather than cap­ture the per­fect shots dur­ing your walk down the aisle. These pho­tos can be beau­ti­ful­ly exe­cut­ed because they stage a set­ting that is inti­mate which enables the pho­tog­ra­ph­er to cap­ture the raw emo­tion. Addi­tion­al­ly, if your time­line doesn’t allow for many pho­tos in between the cer­e­mo­ny and recep­tion, a first look will give the pho­tog­ra­ph­er anoth­er oppor­tu­ni­ty to take more photos.

The pre-wed­ding jit­ters are com­mon but a first look is an excel­lent way to avoid these nerves. By see­ing your sig­nif­i­cant oth­er before the cer­e­mo­ny in a pri­vate and inti­mate space, the cou­ple will be relaxed and less ner­vous. You will be much more present dur­ing the cer­e­mo­ny and ful­ly absorb the sig­nif­i­cance of the day.

Sticking with tradition

If you decide to be tra­di­tion­al, the moment will be just as beau­ti­ful and emo­tion­al. Remem­ber to soak it all in because it is easy to let your emo­tions run the show and force you to rush. Take your time and look around to see all your loved ones who came to cel­e­brate with you. 

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