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First Look

Chantell, on July 19, 2019 at 4:42 PM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 0 57
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How many of you are planning to wait for the first look to be when you are walking down the aisle? I myself am thinking about doing a first look before the ceremony just because I want to do all photos before the ceremony so right after we can get right to the cocktail hour!

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Latest activity by Rachel, on July 22, 2019 at 3:07 PM
  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
    Kelly ·
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    We did a first look and I’m so glad we did! It didn’t make walking down the aisle any less special. We both bawled as I walked down. We really wanted to join in our own cocktail hour so that was our main reason for doing one.
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  • A
    Devoted August 2019
    Amanda ·
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    I'm opting for a first look with my dad instead and doing family pictures before the ceremony. For most of the wedding I'm not being traditional but I really don't want to see my FH til I am walking down the aisle. That's my personal preference though. When my cousin got married they did pictures beforehand and then had a drink together at the hotel bar and I'm sure they were just as happy! Do what feels right to you. I wouldn't do a first look soley based on wanting to be at the cocktail hour though. Again that's just me.
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  • M
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    We did a first look too! I don't think it ruins the experience for doing it, i was still so happy and nervous to see him at the altar. It was just logistically better for us to do the first look and photos before the ceremony
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  • Sherry
    Master September 2019
    Sherry ·
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    We aren't doing any first looks. We will wait until I am walking down the aisle.

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  • Jasmine
    Master August 2021
    Jasmine ·
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    My FH actually expressed that he wanted to be surprised and wait to see me for the first time walking down the aisle. I can't complain. I know we'll get pictures regardless and although I thought about doing a first look, it was never a deal breaker for me.

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  • Mandi
    Master October 2020
    Mandi ·
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    No first look.
    No cocktail hour.
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  • Jessica
    Master September 2020
    Jessica ·
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    We want to do a first look primarily to have that intimate moment alone together, and because I think we’ll both be anxious and it will help us focus. We’ll do some pictures of us, but we don’t want the WP there so we’ll still have to do all the family and WP pictures after. We’re planning to use the spot where we got engaged because it’s between the get ready location and ceremony spot.
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  • Glacier
    Dedicated June 2020
    Glacier ·
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    I’m staying traditional on this one. His first look will be walking down the aisle.
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  • Allie
    Master August 2019
    Allie ·
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    We are doing a first look. I want to be able to rejoin my guests as soon as possible and celebrate the rest of the night!

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  • Kelly
    Super October 2019
    Kelly ·
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    We are doing a first look & taking family pictures before the ceremony. We want to spend as much time as possible w/ our guests.
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  • Tris
    Expert August 2019
    Tris ·
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    What will your guests do while you take photos? I'm curious about your timeline.
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  • Tris
    Expert August 2019
    Tris ·
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    FH wants to see me come down the aisle. We aren't having a very big wedding so hopefully pictures afterwards don't take very long.
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  • Anna
    Master June 2020
    Anna ·
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    We are not having a first look. I'm very traditional, so we are waiting until I'm coming down the aisle.
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  • Mandi
    Master October 2020
    Mandi ·
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    Cocktail hours are uncommon here.

    We only have a 3 hour gap between our ceremony end and reception beginning. So its kinda short in comparison to the usual 1pm ceremony, 7pm reception.

    I usually run errands, go to a bar with friends for apps and drinks, sometimes go shopping for a gift and wrap it.

    But we're only having a 3 hour gap because our ceremony and reception are in the same place.
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  • Michelle
    Just Said Yes December 2021
    Michelle ·
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    We are doing a first look. I originally wanted him to see me for the first time when walking down the aisle but we’re going early to take pictures. I’m cool with either way.
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  • latasha
    VIP September 2019
    latasha ·
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    We will be waiting. FH says the first time he sees me is when I’m walking down the aisle. We will take some family photos before the ceremony to help with time. I definitely want to make it to part of my cocktail hour.
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  • Michelle
    Super August 2019
    Michelle ·
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    We are doing a first look. It was my FH's idea. I think he's hoping it will make him less nervous come ceremony time. Lol We're also going to do about half of our photos so we can enjoy at least some of cocktail hour.
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  • V
    Dedicated June 2019
    Vanessa ·
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    We did a first look and I don’t regret it at all. It was so nice to have that moment for ourselves. It was nice to be able to really look at each other, talk and take it all in. Yes, we had photographers but it was like they weren’t even there. They really just let us have our moment. It was one of my favorite moments of the day. Once the wedding started it was never just the two of alone again

    We also took care of a lot of bridal party photos after the first look and we were able to enjoy about half of our cocktail hour with our guests. That was a plus

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  • Erin
    Dedicated July 2019
    Erin ·
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    We did a first look and I am so happy we did. I originally did not want one but it made the most sense for our timeline. Our ceremony was at 5 and we were able to do family and wedding party pictures before also. The weather played a factor so we still had to miss most of our cocktail hour so we could do couple photos outside. It was such a special and intimate moment and my husband said after it was his favorite part of the day.
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  • Cassi
    Super October 2019
    Cassi ·
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    I kind if wish we could do photos before but I'm excited he wont see me at all that day until I walk down the aisle
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