Weddings are a lot of fun, but they’re also a lot of work! They can be stressful with so many things going on at the same time, and so many people fighting for the attention of the bride and groom. Weddings bring people from both sides of the family together as the two families join as one. Unfortunately, all too often wedding couples are forced to decide between spending extra time with their photographer or making their families wait while they embark on a long photo shoot. Luckily there’s a solution! More and more couples are opting for the untraditional path of doing a “first look” on their wedding day.
What’s A First Look?
A first look is when the bride and groom see each other before the wedding ceremony and then take pictures together. Traditionally, the couple doesn’t see each other until the bride is walking down the aisle. As mentioned above, the wedding couple usually takes their photos together after the ceremony, which puts them in a dilemma:
If they quickly take their family formal photos and their photos together, there won’t be much time with the photographer. If your wedding photos are important to you, you should allot enough time to get the great photos you want and paid for.
If they take their time with the photographer, they can easily spend an hour or two taking photos. Meanwhile their family is waiting for them to continue the wedding and start the reception.
Why A First Look Is So Beneficial
With a first look, the bride and groom get the best of both worlds. They take their photos together before the ceremony so that they only need to take photos with their family members after the ceremony. This ensures the bride and groom get alone time with their photographer without being rushed for time and without having their families waiting on them. Some couples even choose to have their family photos taken during the first look so that they can go straight from the ceremony to reception.
As long as you don’t mind being untraditional, a first look may be the solution that solves your wedding dilemma, especially if your wedding photos are important to you and you don’t want to have your friends and family waiting for an exorbitant amount of time while you’re taking photos.