Have you given thought to having a First Look for your wedding? A First Look is a special moment where the groom sees the bride for the first time, before the wedding. This is different than the tradition of the groom not seeing the bride before the ceremony and there are some good reasons more couples are choosing a First Look for their wedding reveal. This is a very personal decision but worth giving some extra thought:
1. Savor the Moment: No rush, no stress, just a perfect moment for the two of you to enjoy the beauty of your wedding day. First look moments typically happen privately - just Bride, Groom, Photographer and Videographer. This makes it intimate, special, and meaningful. While walking down the aisle has it's own magic, often there are so many things running through a bride's mind (like don't trip, don't trip - lol) that it is hard to take in the moment of that bridal reveal. A first look sets that moment aside and makes it memorable.
2. Capture His Reaction: Having a private moment for a first look allows you (and your photographer) to capture your groom's reaction to your wedding day beauty. These photos are harder to get during the ceremony and are priceless!
3. More Time for Photos: The time between a ceremony and the beginning of a reception should hopefully be no more than 45 minutes. After about an hour, guests start to feel restless and ready for the reception activities to begin. You can definitely get your photos done in 45 minutes but it is much less rushed to have a couple of hours to get the shots that are most important to you - including photos with your wedding party and family. With these done, you have time after the ceremony to spend some much needed one on one time together and get a few more special photos.
4. Curb Your Emotions: A wedding day can be a little emotional - or a lot emotional. So many things going through your mind and lots of nerves. A first look can help calm your emotions so during your ceremony you can feel more present and less nervous. One of our Brides swears she would have been a hot mess during her ceremony without the First Look - it helped her relax and feel more at ease as she said her I do's.
When it comes to making a decision about whether or not to have a first look, remember that there is no right or wrong - just right for you and your wedding. Happy wedding planning,
Sound Wave Events
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