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Modern or Traditional: First Look?

Jayla, on October 16, 2018 at 11:05 AM

Posted in Wedding Ceremony 114

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...

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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Photo by Unique2Chic Photography in San Antonio, TX

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114 Comments

  • Taylor
    Devoted May 2019
    Taylor ·
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    Going traditional here! My FH and I are modern in some things but this is something we both agreed on staying traditional. We'll be spending the day apart after the rehearsal brunch and the next time we see each other will be when I'm walking down the aisle. We both want it to be a special experience and we are so looking forward to it!

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  • Z
    Dedicated October 2019
    Zoë ·
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    Traditional. First, I want to follow my superstitious gut, haha. Second, I love the perfect moment when the Groom sees the Bride for the first time as she's walking down the aisle. The moment is entirely private between them, even though everyone else is there. Everyone else is looking at the Bride and focused on the various aspects of her dress, etc., etc., and the Bride and Groom are sharing a silent, but private moment between themselves. Third, I love all the fun of trying to avoid each other on the day of. Especially for late afternoon/evening weddings.

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  • Gipperkm
    Super September 2018
    Gipperkm ·
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    Modern. We did a first look just the two of us at one location right near the water. We then went to a second location with our MOH and BM for some champagne and more photos. We got married in the city we live in so we wanted photos at some great spots right in town.

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  • MD
    Super July 2019
    MD ·
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    We are doing a first look. The thought of not seeing him until I'm walking down the aisle makes me anxious!

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  • Danielle K
    VIP June 2019
    Danielle K ·
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    Modern and I am super excited about it!

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  • Just Said Yes August 2019
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    Modern and we are doing a surprise wedding for our guest so we will definitely have a first look
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  • Futuremrs.lord
    Dedicated June 2022
    Futuremrs.lord ·
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    Traditional all the way! I actually suggested maybe doing a first look and he said he wanted to see me walking down the isle for the first time, not before that. So sweet!

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  • H
    Just Said Yes December 2018
    Hailey ·
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    This is something I feel pretty certain about in that I am traditional. I feel as though the first look completely ruins the moment of walking down the aisle. It’s sort of crazy to me that it’s so popular now seeing as though it’s a saying that it’s bad luck before the wedding!
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  • Melinda
    Super August 2018
    Melinda ·
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    Traditional! I wanted to do a first look but this was one of the things my H felt pretty strongly about.
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  • Madelyn
    Expert August 2019
    Madelyn ·
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    Traditional! Or at least as of now we’re not planning on a first look
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  • Amarriedmann
    Expert June 2019
    Amarriedmann ·
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    Me too! Plus he wants to go the traditional route too.
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  • Soon To Be Mrs. Stewart
    Devoted August 2022
    Soon To Be Mrs. Stewart ·
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    We have not decided totally, but we are leaning more towards not doing a first, walking down the aisle being the first time we see each other

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  • Yahaira
    Devoted November 2018
    Yahaira ·
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    Definitely traditional! It’s part of our beliefs.
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  • Grace
    Super May 2019
    Grace ·
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    Walk down the aisle will be the first time I see him!!!
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  • futureMrsC
    Devoted March 2021
    futureMrsC ·
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    We both really wanted to go traditional, but we are afraid we will be sacrificing cocktail hour for our wedding party and family since we are doing ceremony and reception in the same location. Still some time to try and hammer out the logistics but it's looking like we may have no choice.
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  • Kayla
    September 2020
    Kayla ·
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    We are meeting at the beginning of the aisle and walking together. I’m so excited to do that. We get to take that walk together. I think It’s the thing I’m most excited about her!
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  • Angela
    Beginner October 2018
    Angela ·
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    Traditional! I can't wait!
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  • Brae
    VIP September 2019
    Brae ·
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    Modern. Propbably not telling his mom until after though lol.
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  • Mmssecrets
    Devoted March 2019
    Mmssecrets ·
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    Keeping it traditional here. FH doesn't want to do a first look so we aren't doing one.
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  • MrsV1027
    Master October 2018
    MrsV1027 ·
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    Traditional. I can't wait to see his face when I walk into the ceremony

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