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Is a First Look Your Style? The Pros and Cons
For centuries seeing the bride before the wedding has been considered bad luck, however many couples today have decided to chance the bad luck and sneak a peek at their soon-to-be spouse before their walk down the aisle. Here is a list of a few pros and cons to help you decide whether this emerging trend is for you.
- It will give you an intimate moment before the ceremony
During a wedding it may seem as though you and your groom are constantly being pulled opposite directions, your friends and family will be so excited to celebrate with you, that your attention may end up solely on them. Having a first look before the ceremony gives you and your soon-to-be hubby a chance to spend some quality alone time together, before all the chaos of the wedding reception begins.
- Relieve some of the pressure
Pre-wedding jitters are not an urban myth, and if you’re someone that gets nervous very easily you may want to consider a first look. Seeing each other beforehand is sure to quell any nerves that your groom won’t be waiting for you at the altar. If your nerves aren’t accompanied by a runaway groom fear, then having a first look is sure to help make your walk down the aisle much more comfortable and relaxed.
- You can snap some pictures beforehand
If you plan on only taking photos after the ceremony, you may be seriously shorting yourself on time – especially if your ceremony and reception aren’t being held in the same location. While getting all your shots done during cocktail hour may seem like an easy feat, getting your entire bridal party together may be harder than you think. Having a first look ensures you get plenty of sweet photos of you and your beloved.
- You eliminate the surprise factor when walking down the aisle
Although you would get a big WOW from your sweetheart at the first look, it is likely to take away from the excitement of seeing your groom for the first time at the altar. If you have your heart set on a huge reaction while you make your way down the aisle, you could end up disappointed that this was done ahead of time.
- You’ll have to start your day a little earlier
In order to carve out extra time for your first look you will have to be up and at ‘em a little earlier than expected. Taking photos beforehand will move up the entire timeline of your day, in turn moving up your bridal parties as well. And if your photo location doesn’t happen to be the same as your wedding venue, you will have to plan accordingly for travel to and from.
- It strays from tradition
It has often been said that seeing the bride before the wedding is bad luck, and if you’re a more traditional bride, this may feel out of character for your special day. If this is the case for you, walking down the aisle to see your fiancée for the first time surrounded by friends and family may be the perfect setting for you.