No. We're traditional in that way and one of my favorite parts of going to a wedding is seeing the groom's face when he sees his bride for the first time. I love the idea of sharing that moment with our guests.
Nope! H and I knew right away we didn't want a first look and even decided not to go with a photographer who really pushed first looks because we were so against it! Cocktail hours are for taking pictures and our photographer had no problem getting pictures done in that time. H and I knew that a first look would completely ruin the moment of him seeing me in my dress for the first time walking down the aisle. Our venue brought our hors d'oeuvres to us during pictures so we didn't miss out on the food!
Yup! I want to be able to enjoy cocktail hour, I do not want to miss that mashed potato bar! Also I know that I will be all nervous and anxious before hand and seeing FH will calm my nerves! Plus it will be nice to have a moment to ourselves before the whole thing!
We are doing one for a couple reasons. First we spent a lot of money on cocktail hour and really want to enjoy all the amazing food that will be there. Second, neither one of us are big fans of showing all of our emotions in front of a lot of people, a first look gives us the opportunity to feel all the emotions of the day without doing so in front of a large crowd.
Yes! We want that moment of just us (and photographers ) to help our nerves, get a little time of just us for that day and so we can take the majority of our pictures. Our bridal party will also be joining after 30 mins or so that way after the ceremony we need a few more pictures of us, then with family then enjoy the night
We did not do First Look as we were pressed for time (wedding was at 11am) but more importantly, I did not a first look photographed. It was private between us. We had no processional, we all just gathered then the officiant said, "Well let's all begin!" I will say this though: I remember vividly seeing him come up the walkway, turning and seeing me the for the first time!!! He was grinning ear to ear!!!
Yes. It gives us some alone time, pics should be done, we may have to get a few alone after ceremony & we will get to cocktail hour for a bit. Most importantly FH is the only one who can keep my calm. He will keep nerves in check. I need him with me.
I am not doing a first look with my FH but instead doing it with my dad. That way I still get the traditional bride being seen for the first time when I'm walking down and get to enjoy the look on his face but get the nerves out of the way and confidence boost with my dad.
We are doing a first look, and we're doing it mostly because of timing. Our reception is in the same venue as our ceremony and we aren't having a fancy separate cocktail hour, so disappearing for an hour or more to take photos just won't work for us. We're doing as many photos as possible before the ceremony so we can spend a lot more time with our guests afterward.
Yes! i want to enjoy our post-ceremony cocktail hour and not have to spend it with the photographer. i also really like the idea of just FH and i enjoying the first look moment together (vs sharing it with everyone at the ceremony when I walk down the aisle).
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As someone who has been married twice, and both times w/out her beloved dad.....I am super envious yet happy for you!!!
We are not, and it's not because we are traditional. Liek some have mentioned, my favorite part of the wedding is seeing the groom's face when the bride walks down the aisle. If we do a first look, then I feel like the moment is staged for photos which kinds of ruins it for me. Also, when I walk down the aisle afterwards, it'll be just a show for the guests and I'll be worried about their reactions more than focusing on my groom. We aren't missing happy hour for photos. We've talked to the photographer and are going to step away sometime during the reception when guests are dancing and having fun and do a few photos. This will give us a quiet few moments away from all the partying to take in what is happening. We also aren't spending much time on posed pictures. I would rather hang up candid photos than look at one and think, "that's when the photographer told me to look at my bouquet while my husband sniffs my hair". Not as meaningful of a memory.