Vendor Post: First Look or Not To First Look


That is the question these days and one we get quite often.


First things first, what is a “First Look”?  In short terms, it’s when the future Mr. & Mrs. choose to see each other before the wedding ceremony.  Before the ceremony you say… yes, yes we’re rebels, we know.  As Lemony Snicket said, “Just because something is traditional is no reason to do it, of course.”


We’ll go over the Pros & Cons of both and let you decide for yourselves the best route to take on your day.  Because after all, this is YOUR fairytale and we’re just living in it!


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Let’s be honest, wedding days can be stressful and a bit hectic, but a First Look could be the “calm before the storm” where you’re able to get out all the nerves, have a quiet moment alone, and for the guys… maybe let a tear or two spill out without feeling judged.


Timing is everything right?  And a wedding day is no exception.  Great photos need time and light, and a First Look offers both.   Especially for our Winter Wonderland brides, winter light is gorgeous but fleeting.  Take advantage of the sunshine for portraits while it lasts!


Did someone say Food and Booze!?  I know we did because Cocktail Hour is a fan favorite.  And guess what, with a First Look you have time to enjoy ALL the goods your venue has to offer!



Wakey Wakey Eggs & Bakey!  That’s right people, photos before ceremony mean an earlier start time.  Early risers might not care but for those of us who enjoy their beauty sleep a bit more a “First Look” might not be for you.


Some dreams you just can’t give up, and Tradition occasionally trumps all.  If you’ve always dreamed of the moment when your eyes meet at the alter don’t let a First Look stop you.  You do you girl!



Above all else, don’t forget this is YOUR wedding day and you need to make decisions that work best for you and your other half.  Wedding days go by in a blink of an eye, make the first day of your marriage one to remember!

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