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The Pros and Cons of First-Look Photos

To do a first look? Or not to do a first look? For some couples, that is the big question in mind when finalizing the timeline for their big day. If you’re one of the couples deciding on a first look, consider these pros and cons to see each side from a new perspective.



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Ease Your Nerves Before the Ceremony
If you are nervous on the big day, there is no one better to calm your nerves than your future Mr. or Mrs.! The two of you can have a moment alone away from the chaos to take in all the wonderful, exciting events that are about to take place. The rest of the day will be a whirlwind, so this may be your last chance for calm until the end of the night.

Get Formal Portraits Done Early
If you’re worried about cocktail party FOMO, this may be the best option for you! Scheduling your portraits before the ceremony gives you more free time after the ceremony to join your guests or have a moment alone to let things sink in. Plus, taking the photos earlier in the day will ensure your hair and makeup is fresh as possible before the celebration begins!

Guests Will Miss the Groom’s Reaction
If you do a first look, that moment will stay between the two of you. But if you opt for the traditional route, guests will get to witness the groom’s reaction as the bride walks down the aisle. Saving the first look for the ceremony allows everyone to be part of the very special moment. The moment is exciting, emotional, and a great way to begin your lives together with your closest family and friends.

Imperfect Timing
Depending on the time of your ceremony, incorporating a first look may move things up a little too much! Since you, your entire family, and your wedding party will need to be ready even earlier for a first look,  any couples with a morning or early afternoon ceremony may regret their decision when they have to get up at the break of dawn.

Photo by Twisted Oaks Studio

Remember that it is your wedding day and this is all about personal preference, so do whatever you think is best! If you do what makes you and your spouse happy, the rest of the plans will fall into place.