When it comes to wedding traditions, couples should decide what is significant and meaningful to them. If there aren't any specific traditions (cultural, religious or others) placed on them, then they should choose what best reflects their relationship.
It's customary for brides and grooms to meet each other at the ceremony but just because that's common practice, it doesn't mean that everyone needs to do the same.
What is it?
The First Look is a part of the day set aside for the bride and groom to spend some time together without interruption. Usually the groom will be waiting for his bride and she'll arrive where they'll see each other for the first time on their wedding day.
Emotions and reactions will vary from couple to couple and it isn't for everyone but I think there aren't many moments during the wedding day where a bride and groom will have the opportunity to pause, smile at each other and embrace with the realization that their big day has finally arrived.
As a photographer, I know that what I'm capturing is simply the bride and groom being themselves in a whole new experience and it's something I don't take lightly. I hope this will help you when you're thinking about whether or not to include this to your wedding day.
3 reasons to have a First Look
1. You're setting aside time to enjoy being together on your wedding day
When you, the bride and groom, choose to have see each other privately before the ceremony, it's a moment you share together. You can actually take your time to enjoy it. If you meet down the aisle, there isn't time to take it all in because you have to approach the altar and turn your attention to your officiant right away.
In the midst of the hustle and bustle, which ranges from picking up the bouquet to making sure you get to the ceremony on time, there aren't a lot of opportunities to take a breath before being whisked off to the next part of the day.
For many couples, there's also less pressure when they're alone so they opt to find a quiet spot for their First Look while others invite their immediate family and wedding party to take part from a distance while others want to be away from a crowd.
2. You can free up time to spend with your guests later.
The First Look takes a few minutes to happen but by having some of your portraits taken in that small block of your day, you may have more time to be with your family and friends later on.
3. You'll have more meaningful photos of real emotions
The emotions that come out are genuine and real. These are the photos that bring take you back to your wedding day again. Because you took the time to enjoy those precious minutes, you'll remember them better.
Lastly, another benefit is that you'll have more meaningful photos and create more impactful memories.