Jayla
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Modern or Traditional: First Look?

Jayla, on October 16, 2018 at 11:05 AM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 0 114
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On your wedding day, are you staying true to traditions and letting your walk down the aisle be the first time you and your significant other see each other? Or are you taking the modern approach for a personal pre-ceremony moment (and an easier photography timeline) and doing a first look before the ceremony?

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Latest activity by Squeezy Bean, on December 25, 2020 at 2:40 PM
  • DC Wife 10.27.18
    Master October 2018
    DC Wife 10.27.18 ·
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    Modern. We are definitely doing a first look and I think its the thing that I am most looking forward to!!!

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  • Angerra
    VIP August 2019
    Angerra ·
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    Traditional. We'd both like to see each other when the ceremony begins and not a minute before Smiley shame
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  • FutureMrsKC
    Master January 2019
    FutureMrsKC ·
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    Modern. A winter wedding means less sunlight to work with. We were super against a first look until we saw how tight our timeline would be without it so we switched gears and gave in.

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  • Jayla
    Champion October 2025
    Jayla ·
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    Traditional is so sweet!! I always love the look on a couples face when they see each for the first time at the ceremony!

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  • Kelci
    Super June 2019
    Kelci ·
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    Traditional. We want the walking down the aisle to be the first moment. To make it feel more special
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  • LB
    Champion November 2016
    LB ·
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    In Jewish weddings you have to sign the Ketubah (marriage license) before the wedding ceremony so it's actually traditional for the bride and groom to see each other before the wedding.

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  • Kenisha
    Champion June 2019
    Kenisha ·
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    Traditional.

    My FH and I will NOT be doing a first look.

    I’m super excited to be doing a first look with my dad.
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  • Kelly
    Champion October 2018
    Kelly ·
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    Modern. We did a first look and it didn’t make it any less special. We both bawled when I walked down the aisle!
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  • Happily Ever Mrs. H
    VIP October 2018
    Happily Ever Mrs. H ·
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    Traditional.

    My husband had an idea of what I wanted to look like, but didn't see me all in my glory until I walked down the isle.

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  • Jazmin
    Super April 2019
    Jazmin ·
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    Modern. We love the idea of the first look as it takes so much pressure off the couple, specially if you are getting married outdoors and need the sun for great pictures.

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  • Amber
    Dedicated June 2019
    Amber ·
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    Traditional! I have a surprise in store for my sweetheart and I don't want it revealed 'til my stroll down the aisle.
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  • Pirate & 60s Bride
    Legend March 2017
    Pirate & 60s Bride ·
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    Modern. We wanted more time with guests and our first look photos were our favorites! In a 90-min photo session around the resort we were relaxed & it was heavenly to connect before the ceremony & flurry of party activity. 👍
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  • Swtnss238
    VIP May 2019
    Swtnss238 ·
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    Traditional!! We absolutely do not want to see each other. We will be in the same hotel but different rooms the night before. My getting ready starts the day before when my nails get done and the first process of my hair gets done so he will not see me after that begins
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  • Jen
    Super May 2018
    Jen ·
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    Modern. Our first look was hands down one of my favorite parts of the day. Having that time for just us was amazing. It was also awesome because it gave us more time to spend with our friends and families.

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  • Kristen328
    Super September 2018
    Kristen328 ·
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    Modern, we did a first look and I loved it! It made me less of an emotional mess during the ceremony and we were able to do pictures before the ceremony, which gave us more time with our guests after the ceremony
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  • FutureMrsR
    Dedicated October 2018
    FutureMrsR ·
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    Traditional, and I can't wait for that moment Smiley heart

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  • Abby
    VIP March 2019
    Abby ·
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    Traditional! I can't wait to see his face when I first walk down that aisle! Smiley heart
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  • Nisa
    Super March 2019
    Nisa ·
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    Modern. I really, really did not want a first look originally. But there are HUGE benefits in terms of time saved for photography! There are ways to do a first look that still change it up from the ceremony, so my first look with him will be without my veil, and then I'll put it back on for the ceremony.

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  • Meghan
    Super September 2019
    Meghan ·
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    Traditional. It's going to be hard not seeing my FH until the ceremony starts though!

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  • E
    Devoted May 2019
    Elizabeth ·
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    We were going to do modern with our original date of 12/08/18 but we postponed the wedding to 05/04/19 we want to go the traditional way. We will take the majority of pictures we can with bridal party parents etc.. Before the wedding then everything together after I think it helped me get back into the excitement changing it
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