On your wedding day, do you want to see your partner before the ceremony, or are you happy to wait until you walk down the aisle? There’s no right or wrong answer, but there are pros and cons to both options. Here’s a look at the benefits and drawbacks of having a first look on your wedding day.
The Pros of Having a First Look
One of the biggest advantages of having a first look is that it helps to calm your nerves. Seeing each other before the ceremony can help you both relax and enjoy the rest of the day. Additionally, a first look gives you some time alone together on what is sure to be a busy day. You’ll have a few moments to take it all in and just soak up being in each other’s presence.
Another plus is that you can get most of your photos out of the way before the ceremony. This means that you won’t have to worry about taking time away from your guests to pose for pictures after the fact. And, if you’re doing a first look with your wedding party, you can knock out those photos as well. This leaves more time for candid shots later on.
The Cons of Having a First Look
On the flip side, some couples feel that seeing each other before the ceremony takes away from the suspense and excitement of walking down the aisle. If this is something that’s important to you, then you may want to stick with tradition and wait until the moment you’re officially husband and wife to lay eyes on each other.
Additionally, if you’re worried about bad luck, some people believe that seeing each other before the ceremony will ruin any chance of things going smoothly. Of course, this is all superstition and there’s no evidence to suggest that anything will actually go wrong if you opt for a first look.
Ultimately, whether or not you have a first look is entirely up to you and your partner. There are pros and cons to both options, so it’s important to weigh what’s most important to you as a couple. If you’re still undecided, talk to your photographer about their opinion—they may have some insight that can help you make your decision!
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