First Looks are becoming a very popular pre-wedding ceremony event. A First Look is a chance for you to see your future spouse before the ceremony, calm some of your jitters and to soak in the moment just the two of you. This may be one of the only times during your wedding day where it will just be the two of you – it’s such a special moment! You also get some gorgeous portraits together because you can’t stop smiling from all that pre-wedding giddiness!
Another benefit of opting in for the First Look is that you will free up quite a bit of time in your wedding day timeline! Since you will see each other before the ceremony, you can take all of your bridal party portraits before the ceremony. [Your bridal party will love you for this – trust us.] Since all of these portraits will be taken prior to the ceremony, it allows for your focus during the cocktail hour to be on getting your family portraits taken and getting even more gorgeous shots of the two of you alone!

Another benefit of opting in for the First Look is that you will free up quite a bit of time in your wedding day timeline! Since you will see each other before the ceremony, you can take all of your bridal party portraits before the ceremony. [Your bridal party will love you for this – trust us.] Since all of these portraits will be taken prior to the ceremony, it allows for your focus during the cocktail hour to be on getting your family portraits taken and getting even more gorgeous shots of the two of you alone!

Whether or not you want to do a first look is entirely up to you + your fiance.

Maybe a first look really isn’t your thing because you’ve always pictured and thought about not seeing your fiance/soon-to-be spouse until you are headed down the aisle! There’s another option that provides a very sweet and private moment for couples. Consider adding a First Touch shot into your timeline. These sweet moments are reserved for couples who are not planning on seeing each other before the ceremony, but maybe want to share some personal vows with each other or just have a quick chat to get rid of some nerves! After all, this person is probably one who can calm you down in times where you are nervous. You will get some adorable images of you and your favorite person during this candid event beaming with excitement and sometimes shedding a few tears.

First touches also help with your day-of timeline in the way that you can still take bridal party portraits before the ceremony. The bride can take photos with her bridesmaids as a group and single shots, and the groom can do the same with his guys.

If you want to keep the pre-ceremony time even more suspenseful and not participate in either of these events, you can always do a First Look with your parents, grandparents, bridesmaids, whomever! These are really special moments when the people who are closest to you get to see your bridal beauty for the first time!

At the end of the day, your wedding day is about what you and your soon-to-be spouse want. You get to decide what should and should not be a part of your timeline!

Heather Herrick

Heather Herrick

Bride Manager