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Should you do a first look? Some fun facts about doing a first look.

Back in the old days, aka the Middle Ages, marriage was quite different than today. Women didn’t have a choice as to who they would marry and, most of the time, women didn’t even know the man before they wed. Marriage back then was not based on love, most marriages were political arrangements.

This emerged from a time when arranged marriages were commonplace, and was practiced to ensure the groom would go through with the marriage regardless of the bride to be’s identity or appearance.

So romantic, right?

Fast forward to 2018, most brides still prefer to keep their bridal look a secret from the groom until the ceremony.

But a growing number of brides and grooms feel, although there is a definite sense of excitement and anticipation leading up to when a couple first lay eyes on each other when the bride is coming up the aisle, that they would enjoy, and even benefit from, some private relaxing moments together before the whirlwind of their wedding day takes over.

What is a first look?

A first look is a special moment when the groom is able to see the bride for the first time before the ceremony, which is documented by their professional wedding videographer and photographer. 

A chance to be together, to see each other all dressed up, to cry, to laugh and to anticipate the impending celebrations of the day. Enjoy a few minutes to yourselves in a day where everyone is vying for your attention.

This isn’t a replacement to the walking down the aisle experience but it is actually in addition to that moment. So in essence you are adding to the day by getting a second special look instead of replacing it.


Why have they become so popular?

There are heaps of excellent reasons to consider a first look. The benefits include: 

  • Adds another memorable moment to your day,

  • Removes the stressful part of not seeing each other before the ceremony,

  • Spend more time with your family and guests by getting all of the important photos done before the ceremony,

  • People describe their wedding day as one of the happiest days of their lives it makes sense to spend more time with your life partner on the happiest day of your life doesn’t it?,

  • Allows couples to better absorb the enormity of the day while also helping bring a level of calmness,

  • Your videographer and photographer are able to capture so much more beautiful video and photo with the extra time available,

  • After the wedding all you have to think about is actually attending your reception and mingling with friends and family who are eager to congratulate you


Your videographer also will love:

  • More opportunities for great video, after all, this is what will be left to look back on

  • Getting creative with time; much like an engagement shoot, but in your best clothes

  • Shooting a more relaxed and comfortable couple = better, more authentic photos with no rushing


What are the cons?

It's wise to consider, should you choose to opt for a first look, that there are some additional planning elements to work out, like:

  1. How much earlier will you need to get ready for your first look?

  2. First looks can build up the pressure

  3. Time. The rushing may take away from the opportunity and could cause stress rather than relieve it

  4. What makeup style did you choose? You might need to fix your makeup after shedding a few happy tears

  5. If you think that a lot of bad juju will come your way after seeing your bride or groom, a first look may not be for you

  6. Your flowers could take a beating. They’ll look great for the first look, but might be tired before you walk down the aisle


How do I coordinate a first look?

First up, location. Consider your likes, a special place, your first date or another shared memory. Always discuss with your photographer in advance, for best lighting and backdrop reasons.

Make sure your videographer and photographer are aligned in terms of the timing and location of the shoot- and that they have ample amount of time to get set up to capture the moment!

don’t go overboard with the posing, and remember to smile! having fun and getting creative will help your photographer and videographer to capture authentic, warm smiles from you both.

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