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How to Decide if you Want a First Look on your Wedding Day

by Through Lindsey’s Lens

As you plan the most important day of your life, the decision to have a “first look” on your wedding day looms large. This intimate moment, shared between the bride and groom before the ceremony, has become a popular choice for many couples. However, it’s not a one-size-fits-all decision. Let’s explore the factors that can help you decide whether a first look is the perfect addition to your wedding day.

Consider Your Personalities:

Your decision to have a first look should align with your personalities and preferences as a couple. If you’re both naturally private and cherish intimate moments, a first look might be the ideal way to share a quiet, heartfelt connection before the whirlwind of the day begins. On the other hand, if you thrive on the suspense and enjoy surprises, waiting to see each other at the altar might be more in tune with your character.

Embrace Tradition or Break the Mold:

Reflect on the significance of tradition in your wedding. If you value the age-old custom of seeing your partner for the first time during the ceremony, maintaining that anticipation can be a beautiful homage to tradition. Conversely, if you’re open to breaking away from convention and creating your own unique experience, a first look can set the tone for a more modern and personalized celebration.

Capture the Moment:

One compelling reason couples choose a first look is to capture the genuine, unfiltered reactions that unfold when they first lay eyes on each other. If having those emotional moments beautifully documented is a priority for you, a first look provides a dedicated space and time for your photographer to capture your expressions without the rush and chaos of the ceremony.

Logistics and Timeline:

Consider the logistics and timeline of your wedding day. A first look can be a practical choice if you’re aiming for a smooth transition from the ceremony to the reception. It allows you to complete formal photos in advance, potentially freeing up more time to enjoy your celebration with friends and family. On the other hand, if you have a more relaxed schedule and don’t mind the traditional post-ceremony photography, skipping the first look might align better with your timeline.

Emotional Connection:

Think about the emotional connection you want to experience on your wedding day. The first look provides an intimate space for you to share your thoughts, emotions, and love with each other before the public vows. If building a quiet, shared moment before the ceremony appeals to you, a first look might be the perfect choice.

Deciding whether to have a first look on your wedding day is a personal choice that should resonate with your vision for the day and your relationship as a couple. Take the time to discuss your preferences, consider the factors mentioned, and remember that there’s no right or wrong answer. Whether you choose to share that private moment before the ceremony or wait for the magic of the aisle, what matters most is that the decision reflects your unique love story.

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