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not doing a first look! i am traditional in the sense of him seeing me for the first time walking down the aisle
We're doing one.. we want to get a lot of the pictures done before the ceremony so we can join in cocktail hour later and meet and greet guests before the reception. That way, we'll have more time to dance, eat and enjoy ourselves later.
I've read several articles regarding this choice.. and the one major take-away was that you get to have a private moment with each other to stop and take it all in before the craziness starts. You can get a lot of emotion out so that you aren't blubbering down the aisle (course, I probably will still blubber a little.. but it could be worse lol) The first look is really a very intimate moment that really allows you to bond before the ceremony.. and you don't have to do it in front of 100 people.
From everything that I've read... seeing the groom before the ceremony is a relief.. and does NOT take away from the moment you're walking down the aisle.. cause after all.. you're getting married! This is a huge moment!
Here's a really good article I've read (written by a photographer).
I'm sure whatever you choose to do will be amazing. Good luck!
We are not doing a first look. Surprisingly, FI wanted the first time he sees me to be when we are walking down the aisle.
We are also doing a first look because we are getting married at 5pm and wouldn't have enough light to have photos after the ceremony outside. We are super non traditional and this option was right up our alley. It's going to be great having the bulk of our photos out of the way before the ceremony so we can get some big family shots with cousins etc after the ceremony that we normally wouldn't have been able to do. As well then we can enjoy our cocktail hour and not be having pictures the whole time. We are paying a bunch for the food and booze so I would like to enjoy it! this is an option that will be totally different for every bride