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First look vs traditional looks on a wedding day? This has to be one of the most discussed topics in the wedding world. What’s the difference, which one is “better” and which is one the right fit for you? I hear almost all of my couples debating between the two. It’s completely understandable because most of us grew up envisioning ourselves seeing our partner for the first time on our wedding day at the end of the aisle as we walked towards them to the wedding song. 

However, times have changed in the wedding world. There are no rules! You can wear a pink dress if you want, you don’t have to walk down the aisle to the traditional wedding song. You can certainly see your partner before the ceremony. I actually encourage my couples to see their partner beforehand. I want to give you my top 5 reasons today for choosing to do a first look on your wedding day. 

1. There’s no rushing

This is a huge one! One of the biggest differences with a first look and a traditional look is the way it will change the flow of your wedding day. With a traditional look you don’t see your partner until the ceremony. This means all the family photos, bridal party photos and bridal portraits of you two have to be done after the ceremony. This can lead to rushing since you, your family and friends are ready to have dinner and start the party! 

With a first look, you see your partner before the ceremony. This means we can get most (if not all) of those photos taken care of before the ceremony with no rushing! You can take your time getting ready, relax with your (almost) husband or wife and take some deep breaths before you walk down the aisle. Then after the ceremony, you can head straight to the reception! 

2. You look your best 

As soon as you get done with your makeup in the morning you are feeling yourself? You look flawless and your hair has all the volume. That’s what you’ll look like during a first look! You just finished hair and makeup and have been zipped into your dress. First looks are typically right after you’ve gotten ready and we do bridal portraits after you’ve seen each other. You’ll look beautiful your entire wedding day. But that sweet spot right after hair and makeup adds an extra magical layer to your bridal portraits. 

3. You get an intimate moment 

I hear from many of my brides that they don’t want to lose the special moment of walking down the aisle by having a first look. Ladies, you will not lose that moment, you’ll actually be gaining a more intimate one as well. As amazing as wedding days are, they truly do fly by, including the moment you walk down the aisle. It’s a beautiful moment and one that I will capture for you as your wedding photographer. However, with a first look, you will get the moment of walking down the aisle in front of your family and friends and the moment of seeing each other for the first time, just the two of you. During a first look, it’s typically just you two and myself. You get to fully soak in the fact that it’s the first day of your happily ever after, read each other a love note or exchange private vows and have a moment alone. This is your wedding day! You’ve spent so much time planning and you should give yourself as many of these intimate moments as possible. 

4. You get more time together 

This reason ties right into #3. Not only do wedding days fly by but they are filled with family and friends that you don’t see every day which is amazing! But I’ve seen so many couples separated for most of the reception. They are hugging everyone who came to celebrate with them and chatting with as many people as possible. While it’s special to have that time with family and friends, it’s also amazing to give yourself as much time together as possible on your wedding day. With a first look, you get to see each other earlier in the day. You will have an intimate moment together, and then have more time to kiss and hug your (almost) new husband or wife! 

5. It’s less stressful 

This is the most honest tip I can give and really brings all the other tips together. Having a first look is truly less stressful than a traditional look. With a first look, you are going to be able to see your partner before the ceremony. This gives you more time for photos earlier in the day. You won’t be stressed about being a few minutes late to the ceremony while you’re fixing your lipstick because you know that you don’t have to rush off to photos right after the ceremony. We won’t be racing against the sun to get family portraits afterward because they’ll have already been done! You won’t feel like you barely saw your partner on your wedding day. Actually you will have spent more time with them. A first look takes so much stress off of my couples while still allowing them to have their magical moments. 

These are my top 5 reasons that I think everyone should consider having a first look at their wedding. However, if you have any specific questions about first looks vs traditional looks, don’t hesitate to reach out to me. I’m happy to help make your wedding day the perfect day as you start your happily ever after. 

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