Q. Why would my fiancé and I consider a first-look on our Wedding Day?
A. Recently first-looks have become a very popular trend at weddings. A first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony, and the only people usually present at the first look are the bride, groom and photographers. A first look is a special moment—usually filled with smiles, tears, kisses and excitement—that can be photographed in a more intimate and controlled setting, rather than the start of the ceremony with guests present. Here are some pro's and con's to consider:
1. Seeing each other prior to your ceremony ensures that you have a private moment to spend with each other (and your photographer's:) before the formalities begin and the both of you are surrounded by family and friends.
2. Your make-up and hair have just been done, your newly donned bridal gown and groom’s attire are fresh and un-wrinkled and your floral bouquet and boutonniere are un-affected by greeting and hugging guests and extreme temperatures.
3. You will have more time following the ceremony to spend celebrating with your guests. In addition, if your wedding is taking place later in the day, you can also include photos before your ceremony with close family members and your wedding party as well.
1. You may have to adjust your schedule to be fully dressed and ready earlier in the day.
2. You will not have the surprise of seeing your significant other for the first time as you walk down the isle.
3. You have to ensure that your ceremony site will be available early enough to allow time to finish the photos and have a little time for touch-ups before your guests begin to arrive or consider an alternate 'first look' site.