Pros & Cons to Doing a First Look

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If you are anything like me and probably most of the female population, you have imagined walking down an aisle to greet your person on your wedding day. You may have thought about your partner standing at the end of that aisle tearing up seeing you for the first time. Maybe you picture your partner smiling and just full excitement because the day is finally here. Today I wanted to talk about the pros and cons of a first look and what to think about when you make your decision on what you want to do.

Grooms reaction

One of my favorite parts of a wedding is when I know the groom has not seen the bride yet and I get to release the bride down the aisle and I can step back and look at the grooms reaction. There is nothing more pure than seeing his raw emotion in that moment. This is also a special moment for you guests to witness too! So now you’re thinking about what could go wrong in this moment. Well it could be too emotional and either the bride or groom could just be too teary, therefore messing up makeup after you’re already down the aisle. You run the risk of emotions getting the best of you in that moment and then having to carry on with the ceremony. Another common thought is that possibly the groom won’t have as much emotion up there in front of everyone as he would if the bride and groom did a private first look. That intimate quiet time before a big long day could be something the couple really cherishes.

Walking down aisle

Which leads me into some pros and cons of doing a first look!

It definitely gives the couple some time a bit more privately to see each other for the first time on their big day. It also can give them those moments to get out all the big emotions and be more calm, cool, and collected in front of all their guests at the ceremony. Doing a first look is a newer concept and not as traditional. For couples that tend to be on the more traditional end of things the first look could be something they aren’t interested in.

All in all, this is a huge moment for the couple and it is something that the couple needs to be 100% comfortable with. We at Monarch love whichever choice our couples choose and we take pride is making this integral moment so very special for each of our couples. We love to manage this moment is whatever manner is decided. Reach out to us to learn more about our services and how we can help make your wedding day the best day ever.

Photographer: Christi Elizabeth Photography