First look or no first look, that is the question. And quite honestly, and important question! Knowing whether you are doing a first look or not determines much of your photo timeline.
Doing A First Look
From a photographer’s standpoint, doing a first look is the better option. You are able to get most, if not all, your group photos before the ceremony. Insead of crunching family, wedding party, and couples photos into cocktail hour, you can have a more relaxed photo timeline after the ceremony. Everything is more spread out in the timeline. Additionally, doing a first look helps with all the wedding day nerves! Seeing your significant other prior to the ceremony can help you feel relaxed and ready for the rest of the day. You both will get to spend more time with each other too! Finally, you will get more photos in your gallery from doing a first look!
Not Doing A First Look
There are also reasons why not doing a first look is the better option. Probably the number one reason is to see your significant other for the first time at the ceremony. The raw emotion is so special! Plus, you will get a slower morning for getting ready. With little photo obligations before the ceremony, you will get more time to prepare for your wedding day before walking down the aisle.
At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong with either! Both bring special moments to each wedding day. Each couple has different priorities, so choose what is right for you. And lastly, remember that your wedding day is ultimately not about the photos. Choose what will bring the most joy to you both!