One of the hardest decisions our couples have to make is whether or not to do a “first look.” If you’re unfamiliar with what that is, it is the first time the happy couple sees each other on their wedding day. Traditionally, the bride and groom would see each other while walking down the aisle of a church. But as the millennials are getting married traditions are getting thrown out the window left and right, which we’ve come to realize isn’t always a bad thing.
First looks are truly magical to watch. Whether they are in a private nook, or on the Chicago River, the meaning behind the first look is all the same. It shows those two individuals are going to be together for the rest of their lives, starting that day. We wanted to point out a few reasons why a first look is beneficial, in case you’re on the fence.
1. The Nerves Part
There are a lot of nerves flying around the morning of your wedding day, and sometimes the only person who knows how to calm you down is your significant other. There are times where the nerves overcome the body, and the following things could happen:
- Fainting at the alter. Unfortunately this does happen, you have to remember to keep your knees bent and tell the Officiant or Priest if you’re starting to feel queasy.
- Forgetting the ceremony. Sounds silly right? After a huge “congratulations” following the recessional, we always ask how much the couple enjoyed their ceremony. We began to notice a trend; if the couple did not choose to do a first look, more times than not, they often say “I don’t have a clue what happened up there, I can’t believe it’s over!”
The wedding day goes by in a blink of an eye. We think it is very important for the newlyweds to enjoy their cocktail hour with their guests, and get to experience the cocktails and appetizers they chose specifically for that day. If you don’t do a first look, you end up taking all of your family photos and bridal party photos during that hour, which is not an efficient use of time. Your photographer will also love if you do a first look (if they haven’t recommended it already) because they will have considerable more time capturing great pictures of you and your loved ones. This also means the photographer will have time to take pictures of guests at cocktail hour, and get detail shots of the reception room before dinner begins.
3. The “Manhood” Part
One of our grooms said that he wanted to keep his “manhood in-tact”. Now, while I don’t believe crying breaks the appearance of a strong male (in fact, I find it to do quite the opposite!), I do want to appeal to those selected male readers that are thinking this very thing. If you want to be able to privately let out your emotions, when seeing the love of your life look more beautiful than ever, a first look is the way to go.
– The Effortless Events Team