3 Reasons you should say Yes to a First Look on your Wedding Day!

When it comes to creating your wedding day timeline, you're inevitably going to have to answer one tough question - do we do a first look or keep it 'traditional'?

For those of you who don't know what it is, a First Look is when you plan a time before your ceremony to see each other for the first time rather than the traditional seeing each other for the first time as the bride is walking down the aisle.

It's funny that the phrase "keeping it traditional" is used for your other option though... more than half of my couples each year opt to do a First Look! They had great reasons (and a little push from their photographer 😉). Here's why:


1. Two words: ALONE TIME. You won’t get much of it on your wedding day, which is after all a celebration of your love. Scheduling a first look and some alone time with your significant other is a great way to soak in all the love and allllll the feels 😉

first look bride and groom hug

2. If you're nervous about all eyes on you during your ceremony, a First Look is a great way to calm those nerves. No longer are you going into your ceremony alone, about to see your very-soon-to-be husband or wife for the first time with everyone watching. Now you guys are in it together! You've already seen each other, spent some taking in how darn exciting it is that it's your wedding day is and now you are ready to get this thing done!

Some couples also like to take time during their First Look to exchange their vows - doing so in a private, intimate setting.

3. Then there’s the awesome perk of being able to get all of your wedding party photos taken before your ceremony!! Allowing you to schedule enough time for photos so that you’re not rushing through them (after all you're paying a photographer a pretty penny for these pics!). This is especially helpful if your ceremony and reception are all in one location and you are on a strict time limit for your wedding party and couples photos.

BONUS: After your ceremony you can enjoy your cocktail hour with your guests!

bridal party photo at sunset Timberlodge Akron