Should we do a first look?

Should we do a first look before our wedding ceremony? What’s the point of it? Will it ruin the moment when my bride comes down the aisle? These are really common questions I get from clients. Let’s talk about your options!



First of all, what is a first look? A first look is typically a private moment between the bride and groom for them to see each other before the wedding ceremony. The photographers and videographers typically are the only people with the bride and groom to capture the moment.


What are some of the benefits of doing a first look? The main reasons why I would recommend to you a couple considering a first look are as follows:

  • It’s a great time to have just bride and groom time on your wedding day. You know your whole day is going to be filled with lots of loved ones surrounding you and excited to celebrate you. However, there isn’t always a lot of one on one time for just you and your significant other. One way to carve out a little bit of time for just the two of you is to have a first look.

  • It can get the nerves out! A lot of couples opt for a first look because it can help to ease those wedding day jitters.

  • It helps with the timeline! If you are on a tight timeline especially with your photographer or with your venue, taking a majority of your photos before the ceremony can help to streamline the process of wedding day



But doesn’t it break the tradition. Isn’t the groom seeing the bride before the wedding that luck? There are lots of people who opt for a more traditional approach where the first time the bride and groom see each other on wedding day is when the bride is coming down the aisle. No matter if you did a first look or not, this is still an exceptionally beautiful moment, one you will remember forever. There isn’t anything that can take away from this special moment.


I like the idea of a first look but I’m not sure it’s the right fit for me. Are there some other options?

  • Another great option is just doing a first touch. This can be where you and your spouse to be stand on either sides of the door other sides of the wall and just hold hands and get to talk to each other. This is a great way to ease some nerves without actually seeing each other. I can also make for great photos

  • The first look doesn’t have to just be for you and your bride or groom. You can do a first look with your father, or with your wedding party. Both of these can be fun moments that create excitement on your wedding day


When it comes down to it really you and your spouse to be have to sit down and consider what is the best option for the two of you. If something feels like it doesn’t fit you, that’s OK go with something else. At the end of the day it’s about your marriage and not just the wedding day!