Jayla
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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

  • Andrea
    Master January 2021
    Andrea ·
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    I don't want to do a first look. I am not superstitious but I'd rather just be surprised (and he be surprised) seeing me for the first time in our wedding attire.

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  • Brittany
    Savvy July 2019
    Brittany ·
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    Definitely traditional.

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  • IslandBride88
    Devoted November 2018
    IslandBride88 ·
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    I am doing the first look before the ceremony. With the wedding being in NOV the sun will set earlier, so I wanted to have some time to potentially add some more couple pictures in the great lighting.

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  • B
    Dedicated July 2019
    Brooke ·
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    Traditional, we want me walking down the aisle to be the first time we see each other
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  • AlmostAMurphy
    Devoted November 2018
    AlmostAMurphy ·
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    I’m aiming for traditional, but not too sure how well it will work out.
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  • Stephanie
    Super August 2019
    Stephanie ·
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    I’m hoping to do modern, first look, for a few reasons!! Our ceremony and reception are at the same location, and don’t want to take tons of time between the two for formal photos, so to save time on photography, a first look makes sense! I also don’t really have anywhere to “hide” prior to the ceremony, due to the set up of the venue. I also just want some special private moments for just us before the bustle of the day!
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  • Kim
    Devoted March 2019
    Kim ·
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    Modern we are doing the first look ( also gives us more time with guests at our cocktail hour!)
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  • Erica
    Dedicated July 2019
    Erica ·
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    Traditional all the way. We do want to have it where we hold hands on opposite sides of a wall or door beforehand though 😊
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  • Anissa
    Savvy October 2019
    Anissa ·
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    Traditional I look forward to see his face when I start to walk down the isle and seeing him in his suite for the first, it also just adds to the emotion of it all.
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  • Future_Mrs.concanon
    Devoted April 2019
    Future_Mrs.concanon ·
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    Traditional I want him to be just surprised as the guests.
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  • Jayla
    Champion October 2025
    Jayla ·
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    I have a slight obsession with watching videos of the bride walking in and seeing the expression of her spouse!! It's so sweet!

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  • Jayla
    Champion October 2025
    Jayla ·
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    I definitely agree!!!!

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  • Future_Mrs.concanon
    Devoted April 2019
    Future_Mrs.concanon ·
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    I do too lol thats why I'm choosing the traditional approach. I feel like my f.h is going to be shocked, probably more than the guests. Hes never seen me truly all dolled up.
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  • Alyssa
    Super July 2019
    Alyssa ·
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    Modern. We're definitely doing a first look!
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  • Candi
    Super October 2023
    Candi ·
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    Traditional because I love the look on his face every time I step in a room. I want to share that moment with everyone I love.

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  • Arkilia
    Super November 2021
    Arkilia ·
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    Traditional, I want the time he sees me to be when I walking to him
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  • Victoria
    Savvy December 2018
    Victoria ·
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    Traditional, my fiancé believes it’s bad luck to see each other before vows and he wants to keep it that way , along with not seeing me that day until our vows as well !
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  • SoonToBeSyring
    Savvy May 2019
    SoonToBeSyring ·
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    We are doing this part the traditional way! I don't want my FH to see me until I'm walking down the aisle with my dad!

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  • Jennifer
    Super December 2019
    Jennifer ·
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    Modern. 1st we would both be too nervous without seeing each other before to center ourselves and 2nd we want outdoor pictures but a candlelit after sunset ceremony and you need sun for good outdoor photos so we will do those first during the "golden hour" then go right to the ceremony as the sun sets.

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  • Candi
    Super October 2023
    Candi ·
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    Traditional. We are a somewhat old-fashioned couple and the modern way is just not a fit for us.

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