Pros and cons of a First Look on you wedding day
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Friday, July 07, 2017
By Kate Brown Photography
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Can't decide whether or not to have a First Look on your wedding day? Check out the pros and cons.

What is a First Look?

The First Look is a pre-planned intimate moment shared with the bride and groom a couple of hours before the wedding ceremony captured by the wedding photographers.

First Look Pros

The first time you see each other is private and shared just between you two (and your incognito wedding photographers)
You both will look your freshest!
The nerves of seeing each other for the first time will be gone and then you can simply look forward to and enjoy your ceremony
Helps to ensure that there is enough time for the most important photos (the ones of you two!)
You can schedule all wedding party photos before the ceremony, so afterwards all the formal images left to take are family photos and then you’ll be able to head to your reception quickly instead of having your guests wait for a longer period of time.
This is a great trial run of walking around and moving in your dress before you have to do it in front of everyone at your ceremony!

First Look Cons

Seeing each other before the ceremony goes against tradition

Traditional Pros

You get to keep up with tradition
If you are wanting to have a cocktail hour for guests between the ceremony and reception, taking the bulk of your images after the ceremony will allow your guests to mingle and enjoy drinks while you’re getting your pictures taken.

Traditional Cons

If the ceremony begins late, or family photos run longer than expected, then it’s always the bride and groom photo time that gets cut short.
The photo time after the ceremony will take longer so guests will have approximately an hour and a half to two hour break from when the ceremony ends to when the reception begins (this can be a pro or con depending if you want to entertain your guests during this time or not!)

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