The moment the bride and groom see each other for the first time on their wedding day is one of the most memorable in their lives. Your nerves melt away and all you see is each other. That’s exactly why you need to plan a first look.
A first look lets you see each other before the ceremony. It’s a personal moment that you get to enjoy without a crowd.
While tradition says you should wait for the ceremony, there are numerous benefits to having a first look session. It’ll still be a memorable moment either way, though.
1. Let Go Of The Nerves
The day of your wedding is busy and nerve wracking. You look forward to seeing your partner for the first time, but your nerves might take away from that beautiful moment.
Instead, plan a first look to have a private moment before the wedding. Hire a photographer to capture the look on each other’s face for that perfect first moment. It’s a wonderful time to let go of the nerves so you’re more relaxed for the rest of the ceremony. Paul Francis Photography is one of our favorite photographers and he has an incredible ability to capture the intimacy of the moment without being intrusive.
2. Get Some Time Alone
Even though your wedding day is all about you, it may not feel like it. Usually, you don’t get a moment alone until after the reception. Even when you’re taking photos, the wedding party is there too.
It’s your day, so make sure you get some time alone. Your photographer can capture stunning photos of just the two of you without anyone else distracting you. Plus, you get a romantic moment alone to say how you feel before exchanging your vows in front of all your friends and family.
3. Start The Party Sooner
When you plan a first look, you’re also planning an early photo session. Photographers actually recommend doing a first look to give you more time to enjoy your cocktail hour or get to your reception sooner if you’re skipping the cocktail hour. Otherwise, you’ll likely spend most of your cocktail hour taking pictures. In fact, many photo sessions take over an hour for the couple and wedding party.
You can do your first look and take many of the wedding party photos before your ceremony. This gives everyone more time to enjoy the cocktail hour and reception.
4. Photos Look Better
Don’t you look better when you’re not nervous? What about after you’ve sweated and tried to stand still in front of all your friends and family? No, you don’t look the same as when you first walked out of your dressing area.
Plan a first look so you still look your best when photos are taken. Plus, if you’re taking outdoor photos, the lighting is usually better earlier in the day. This means your couple photos will look even more amazing. This is also why it’s a good idea to get as many professional posed shots as possible before the ceremony so everyone still looks fresh.
5. Enjoy Your Guests
Photo sessions take a while. Trying to get everyone to pose just right isn’t always easy. Plus, your photographer wants to get as many shots as possible to ensure they get the best possible pictures.
All of this means less time with your guests. When you do see them, you might feel pushed and pulled all over your reception trying to ensure you make time for everyone. After all, you want to make them feel special.
If you take your photos, or at least the couple photos, during your first look, you’ll have far more time to spend with your guests. In fact, the entire evening feels more relaxed so you can enjoy your guests and each other more.
At Wedding Day Dash, we want your wedding to feel as special as your first look. Contact us today to learn how we can help make your wedding day amazing.