In contrast, the reasons to go with a first look can include:
- For nervous couples, meeting ahead of time often gets rid of the “butterfly feeling.” Seeing each other on the wedding afternoon often reminds you of the reasons that brought you to this day. It’s not just about a grand party – you’re starting the rest of your lives together. It’s hard to be nervous when you are looking at the love of your life.
- You get a moment to yourselves before you’re overwhelmed with guests. If you arrange your timeline well, your photographer can finish your first look images and then leave you alone for a few minutes. This is precious time on a day that goes by so quickly. You can also take the limo ride to your ceremony together.
- If you’re not superstitious about seeing each other ahead of time, you can gather your bridal party and immediate family members for all the posed photographs before the wedding ceremony. Then you can join your guests at cocktail hour, rather than rushing off for photographs.
- For couples planning a sunset or night ceremony (ie. New Year’s Eve, winter wedding, Jewish ceremony happening on Saturday), you can still take daytime photographs by doing a first look. Otherwise, most of your family photographs will happen after dark and, depending on your wedding venue, this may not be the feeling you were going for when you booked.
- Some couples plan to walk down the aisle together (same sex couples, brides who struggle with picking a person to give them away). You can still have a photographed special first moment.