bride and groom at gerry ranch wedding

Should I do a first look for my wedding?

> First looks – should you do one?

A first look is an opportunity to take a moment with your other half and calm pre-ceremony jitters for some couples who are reassured by the presence of their partner and it’s an intimate time to take photos during a quiet moment prior to the celebrations that occur post wedding ceremony.

Other couples like the rush of emotions that come from the suspense of not seeing one another prior to the ceremony and the groom’s reactions seeing his bride walk down the aisle for the first time always photo-worthy. Neither way is right or wrong, it’s all about what feels right to you as a couple! 

couple during their first look on their wedding day

First looks can be great if you have a limited amount of time between the ceremony and reception time for couples portraits. Couples portraits are always a favorite aspect of each wedding and the first look captures a sweet and intimate moment between you and your boo.

Along that same line, is timing. If your ceremony will be taking place later in the evening, you don’t want to be racing the sunset to get your perfect pics.


It’s always cute to capture the groom’s surprise face as you walk down the aisle, especially if you want everyone else to share in his reaction. But a first look takes the pressure off and allows you to interact authentically without the added audience peering in on special moment 👀

bride playfully pinches groom's cheek during first look

Lastly, it can be a soothing moment amidst the whirlwind day that you’ve embarked upon. Usually being able to touch and just be present with your significant other feels like a giant weight has been lifted off your shoulders .

1) you have limited time (and sunlight) between the ceremony and reception for family photos, bridal party and couples portraits. Doing your first look before the ceremony can allow you to take advantage of daylight and get the portraits taken care of early on so you can go straight from ceremony to celebratory mode

2) you want the first time that your husband or wife-to-be sees you on your wedding day to be an intimate moment shared just between the two of you (and your photographer). This option is great if you want to have a special moment without all eyes on you. It also can help calm any jitters you have and tends to be an extremely emotional interaction.

bride and groom react with joy during their first look

With all that being said, the top reasons for having a first look are time and personal preference (an intimate moment just to yourselves).

Want more tips like this? See my list of what I wish I had known and my wedding planning timeline checklist!

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