Today we are talking about the First Look: A Modern Wedding Day Tradition. Yes this is considered non traditional compared to century old wedding traditions but it’s kinda like the newest tradition no?
So you’re thinking about your Big Day and trying to make sure it runs smoothly! What an exciting time! As all the planning and coordination seamlessly fall into place, you and your partner are about to take tur next big step in your life.
From the moment you walk down the aisle, to the sparkler exit, you and your partner are on a stage. A stage surrounded by love & joy because… DUH You’re getting married!!!!
And on that world wind day, will you have time to just be….us? The answer is yes!! You and your partner have “us” time during the first look: A Modern Wedding Day Tradition.
The First Look: the new wedding couple tradition. First Look is on the day of the wedding, when you and your partner are all dressed to the nines and you both take the time to see each other before the ceremony.
Traditionally, your partner sees you for the first time at the ceremony, however; first looks are the new tradition. And here’s why.
During First Look, it is just you and your partner (of course with your photographer and videographer in the background).
Your first Look should be done between 45 min to an hour before the ceremony. It should be in a secluded area away from guests and wedding party. Wedding party can peek through windows and “ooo” and “ahhhhhh”.
You, your partner, and planner have spent time creating a schedule in order for your day to be perfect. Within this schedule, there is time for portraits. Portraits usually happen after the ceremony and before the reception, also known as cocktail hour, with a 1- hour time slot. Portraits captured can range from the wedding party, to the immediate family and the extended family. Honestly, between getting your Uncle to step away from the enchiladas and your little cousins to “say cheese”, that 1-hour can feel like 20 minutes. A good amount of time, your photographer and videographer have less than 5 minutes to get your couple’s portraits done. This is where First Look can help!
During the 45 minutes to an hour of First Look, you and your partner have time to capture your couple’s portraits. This allows your photographer and videographer more time to capture those candid, emotional moments, as well as formal portraits. First Look allows you to see the creativity of your photographer, which is part of the reason you hired them for your special day!
Additionally, this opens your timeline up for you to attend your own cocktail hour! You can mingle with your loved ones and take photos. Another option is use this hour to get first look of your venue decorated for your reception!
As a photographer, I cannot express how many times couples have thanked us and their videographer for recommending a First Look. The happiness and excitement that gets captured is truly amazing. And on your wedding day, I hope you decide to go with the new tradition and have a First Look.
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