It just depends on what is important to you! For us we wanted to eat our cocktail hour food and greet our guests during that time so we could stay seated during dinner. So we did a first look and have zero regrets! We both bawled as I walked down the aisle. But some people don’t care about cocktail hour or getting pictures out of the way and prefer no first look.
We wanted it. We really liked the pictures that you get from a first look: they just look so sweet. I don't think it'll take away from our moment at the altar. We also liked the idea of getting all the major pictures done before the ceremony. We are spending so much money on this wedding, and we want to enjoy every minute of it with our guests!
First look. At first I wanted to wait until I walked down the aisle. After giving it some thought (because FH wanted a first look), I realized the only thing I wanted was his reaction to seeing me for the first time and to capture it on camera. So I decided that I would be okay with a first look. This means we can also take all our pictures before the ceremony. We also don't have the funds to get appetizers for a cocktail hour (we will have the alcohol), so we just aren't having a "cocktail hour." The salad that the caterer offers will technically be our appetizer while the guests wait for us to make our wedding party entrance.
You know, I didn't even know this was an actual thing until I got engaged! I can totally see this being an option if it doesn't matter to you where your future husband FIRST sees you. For me, my fiance shut it down within two seconds because he says he wants to wait to see me walk down the aisle. Either way, I know the moment will be unforgettable but I think maybe it comes down to your timeline for your wedding day and how important to you both this is.
If I were to do a first look, it would give us the opportunity to get all of our pictures done early. FH made it clear that he doesn't want to do a first look because he wants to first see me coming down the aisle. I thought this was very sweet because he has trouble showing his emotions sometimes soooooooo first look is out😂😂
We are having a first look. We want that first look to be private, special, and intimate. My FH doesn't like to be put on the spot so we think this will help with that calm his nerves. Plus we want to enjoy our cocktail hour mingling with and greeting our guests.
Yes we are doing a first look! I am so excited. I am s very emotional person and I think it will calm both of our nerves before the ceremony starts! We will have our photos done and the bridal party photos done before the ceremony. During cocktail hour will be our family photos and then we would like to spend at least 10 minutes alone together eating our appetizers in the bridal suit before we do our reception entrance. ❤️
We're not doing a first look. I'm super traditional and don't want FH to see me until I walk down the aisle. We will be doing a first touch, where we're separated by a corner or a door and can't see each other. That way we get a chance to talk before the wedding and the comfort of at least holding hands.