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5 Reasons to Consider Doing a First Look

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Not sure wether or not you want to follow the old adage of not seeing your fiance until your ceremony? Here are a few reasons to consider doing a first look.

1. A first look a great way to calm your nerves before your ceremony

The anticipation of seeing each other on the wedding day is one of the number one things that leave couples feeling anxious and jittery. Doing a first look is a good way to get those jitters out and calm your nerves so you’re able to be more present during your ceremony.

2. You’re able to interact in a way that you can’t at the alter

Seeing each other for the first time on your wedding day is often an emotional moment. Doing a first look allows you to hug, talk, laugh, and interact in a way that you won’t be able to if you’re seeing each other for the first time at the altar.

3. It’s a moment alone that you wouldn’t have otherwise

Unless you schedule it in, you most likely won’t find yourself alone with your fiance on your wedding day. Doing a first look gives you a few moments to be alone together that you wouldn’t otherwise have.

4. It’s a private moment for those that don’t want to feel on display the whole day

If either of you typically feels shy or prefers to keep such raw emotions private, doing a first look is a good way to take the pressure off of your ceremony and share whatever emotions you experience in a more private setting.  Many couples choose to exchange personal vows, letters, or gifts during their first look as another way to keep their wedding day an intimate experience.

5. You’ll be able to join cocktail hour & enjoy your guests

If you do a first look, you’ll be able to take the majority of your formal photos before the ceremony, allowing you and your fiance to join your cocktail hour and mingle with guests!

The biggest concern for most couples considering a first look is that it will take away from the moment they see their fiance on the other side of the aisle. Remember that you’ve anticipated that moment for a long time and nothing can take away from how special and surreal that moment will be for the both of you.

Follow your gut and do what feels right for you and your fiance. At the end of the day, deciding whether or not to do a first look on your wedding day is a personal decision and there is no right or wrong answer!

- Fanny S.

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