Within the past decade or so a new age wedding trend has taken off. That trend … a first look. These private moments are when the bride and groom set aside a time and location to see each other first before the ceremony actually takes place. Aside from the photographers, there is usually no one else around. First looks provide an intimate moment for the soon-to-be newlyweds. However, this new tradition is not for everyone. Some couples embrace the traditions of the first glimpse happening while walking down the aisle.

Not sure if a first look is for you? Here are the pros of both a first look and traditional ceremony reveal to aid in your decision.

First Look

These are just a few ways a first look can be beneficial to a wedding and the couple.

  • It’s an intimate moment between bride and groom, in an otherwise people-filled event.
  • Provides a quiet moment during a busy day.
  • Takes the pressure off the couple in showing their emotions in front of everyone.
  • Wedding party photos can take place before the ceremony when makeup and hair is fresh.
  • For winter weddings, allows photographers to utilize daylight hours more.

Traditional Ceremony Reveal

Contrasting first look, here are some reasons seeing each other at the ceremony can be favorable.

  • Allows loved ones to partake in the precious moment when bride and groom first see each other.
  • No need to add more time for the photographer to get in another round of shots.
  • Captures the entirety of emotions felt as the ceremony takes place.
  • Requires less time for being ready before the ceremony.
  • Actually in the process of getting married when seeing each other for the first time.

Whether you choose to partake in a first look or see each other for the first time at the ceremony, one thing is for certain. When reflecting back on the big day, most brides and grooms will always remember that first moment they saw each other that day in their wedding attire — no matter when and where it happens.

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