Traditions are amazing. Whether it’s ones you’ve made with your family or traditions such as seeing your groom for the first time at the altar, every one of them has meaning. After photographing almost 50 weddings the past few years, though, I’ve realized that brides really love a great reaction from their groom the first time he sees her. One of the most common things I’ve heard is “I hope he cries when he sees me!!” I mean, who wouldn’t want that amazing reaction? But, seeing each other for the first time at the altar won’t always bring this reaction. What if you could get even more out of your day by breaking tradition? Today, we are sharing our 5 reasons why breaking tradition is worth it and why you should go for a first look!
One of the most important reasons for why we advocate going for a first look is to get rid of your nerves! I will say, with about half of my couples who decided to do a first look, the grooms were not 100% on board at first. But, because they have never experienced their wedding day before, they didn’t know how nerve racking it can be. With the first look, your groom gets to play the waiting game on his own instead of in front of all your guests. He can prepare however he needs to see you without eyes on him. Plus, the emotions are able to flow freely without feeling like he’s going to be judged. After the first look was over, my grooms admitted just how much of a relief they had knowing that the nerves were gone. They were ready to get married!
With a first look, you actually get to have intimate time on your wedding day with your groom. Most brides don’t realize that when you come down the aisle and shock him with how radiant you are, he can’t even tell you! He can’t touch you, embrace you, or even SPEAK to you. When the ceremony is over 30 minutes to an our later, then you get to have your moment together, However, you are surrounded by friends and family trying to congratulate you. After all of the chaos is over, the reaction isn’t the same as the initial first glance. With that first look, you get to spend up to an hour together on your own before everything begins.
A first look allows you to be together and alone on your wedding day. When our couples see each other, not only is it intimate, it is their only time to be alone the whole day! No need to worry about family or friends crashing the moment. As much as we love the guests, you need a little time by yourself! Our couples are able to cry and laugh freely. It also puts them in the perfect mood for romantic portraits without feeling rushed to get everything else done. When you have just shared your first look, you’re ready to love on each other. It’s always the best time to capture some super sweet images during those moments!
Speaking of those super sweet images, we know you’re investing a lot of money into your wedding photography. Another amazing thing about a first look? You’ll receive 40% MORE portraits of the two of you! I know you’re probably wondering, how the heck does that happen? Well, you get a full hour of uninterrupted portrait time that you wouldn’t normally have after the ceremony. After the ceremony, you can spend another 15-20 minutes for gorgeous sunset photos! With a first look, you make the most out of this large investment and get the most for your money.
First Looks allow you to extend your wedding day. Without a first look, your day would start when you come down the aisle. The ceremony would end and you would rush through portraits so that you’re not late for the introductions. After that, your reception kicks in. Where is your time to enjoy the process? With a first look, your wedding day is extended by almost 3 hours! Instead of being rushed for your bridal party portraits, you are able to enjoy and have fun hanging out with your best friends on your wedding day. The first half of most wedding albums we create are full of images from the fun before the ceremony!
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