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In the excitement of wedding planning, deciding on whether to have a first look on your special day is commonly swept under the rug. Couples are often superstitious about seeing their significant other before the ceremony and 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.

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 the small time-frame of walking down the aisle. These photos can be beautifully executed because they often stage a setting that is intimate and enable 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 capture your special day.

The pre-wedding jitters are a common occurrence but a first look is an excellent way to avoid hindering the morning of your big day. By seeing your significant other before the ceremony in a private and intimate space, it allows for the couple to be much more relaxed and get rid of the nerves. This allows for you to be much more present during the ceremony and fully absorb the significance of the day.

If you decide to stick with tradition, the moment will be just as beautiful and emotional but remember to soak it all in. It is easy to let your emotions run the show and force you to rush, but take your time as it is very special. Look around and see all your loved ones who came to celebrate and make memories as two families come together.

In the excitement of wedding planning, deciding on whether to have a first look on your special day is 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 often 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.