Questions for Stacy: First Look versus a Ceremony Entrance


Hi Stacy.  I recently hired a photographer, and they want to know if we are going to do a “First Look” or wait until after the ceremony to take photos.  Can you explain what a First Look is, as well as the pros and cons of each option?


A First Look is a special moment where the Bride and Groom get to see one another before the ceremony. Often times photographers will stage this so the Groom is located in an private area with his back to where the Bride will appear. One of the biggest pros of choosing to do a First Look is that it gives you an opportunity to take some photographs prior to the ceremony, which often times relaxes the couple from any pre-wedding jitters. Another big plus is that couples are then able to join their guests for cocktail hour, since they won’t spend that time taking photos. We commonly see Bridal Party photos taken after the First Look, followed by a short session of joint family photos. On the other hand, some couples feel that having a First Look takes away from the big reveal as the Bride walks down the aisle. Not to worry, this moment is still just as unforgettable when a First Look takes place.

Choosing to wait to see each other until the Bride walks down is definitely more traditional. The biggest pro is that the Bride and Groom get to experience that incredible moment as the bride walks down the aisle. After the ceremony, both Bridal Party and joint family photos take place. The Bride and Groom are then photographed alone in a secluded setting. This is a good option for couples who are not concerned with joining cocktail hour, as capturing all of these photographs will most likely take up the entire hour.

Now smile and say cheese!



Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

Photo by Yvonne Wong Photography

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