First look or no first look? That’s one of the many decisions couples have to make while planning a wedding. Here at Unica Forma, were all for it! But because its such a personal choice between you and your fiancée, we’ve compiled a quick list of pros and cons for both sides to (hopefully) help you decide!
During most weddings, the bride, groom, and their wedding party go straight from the ceremony to taking all the group photos. This is usually fine, but have you ever been to a wedding where it takes the group hours to get back from the photo shoot? It kind of sucks! Your guests will get impatient, tired and hungry, and the whole night gets delayed because nothing can start without the couple everyone came to see! Taking photos before hand eliminates pretty much all of those problems, and you can continue the celebration with no worries!
The day of the wedding is stressful. There is so much going between getting ready, any last minute details, and guests arriving, that it can be easy to get lost in the mayhem, and forget to enjoy why you’re getting married in the first place! It might be comforting to take a breather, and get to talk to your (almost) husband or wife before you two take a big leap! It’s also a great time to get out some of the tears so you can keep it together during the ceremony!
Depending on the type of person you are, you may or may not like a lot of attention on yourself. For those who don’t, having a first look can relive some of the pressure of having hundreds of people looking at you when you spot each other for the first time. Wedding days can be a big production which to some, may take the intimacy out of the occasion. Some couples use the first look as a time to share a love letter or even say their private vows too!
Watching the groom’s reaction to seeing his bride for the first time is one of my favorite parts of a wedding. Its such an incredible moment for the couple, but we all get to share it with them! Being able to see such raw emotion and love between the couple is something you can never forget!
As I stated above, you can kind of free up some time after your ceremony by taking photos before the ceremony, but in reality that doesn’t really matter. Its your wedding day, which means you can really do whatever you want. If you want to keep things traditional and wait to see your bride/groom until the ceremony, then do it! If it throws off your timeline a little bit, who cares! The guests came there for you, so whatever you choose, your friends and family will support you!
He probably wont see you for a majority of the day leading up to the ceremony, and what a better way to kick everything off with a special moment with your dad! He is, after all, the one who set the standard for the type of guy you wanted to marry in the first place! And it doesn’t have to be with your father either, it could be any family member that has taken on that type of role in your life!
Photos provided by:
Maddie Mae Photography
Alex Lasota Photography