1. Calm Your Nerves
Your wedding day is one of the biggest milestones in your life and you are a mixture of emotions- excited, happy, nervous, tired, expectant. And there’s only one other person who understands and is going through the same thing, your fiancé. Having a first look allows you to spend those moments before the crazy starts together, embracing each other and preparing to become husband and wife.
As the bride, you are going to be in high demand all day. Friends and family members will be vying for your attention and wanting to wish you congratulations for the next 4 to 8 hours, until you make your exit. Why not set aside this time before the ceremony, where you can spend a few moments with the person who will be by your side for the rest of your life? Enjoy the precious time during your first look; kiss, dance, just hold each other! It might be the only quiet, peaceful moment you have with your fiancé at the wedding itself.
3. React Naturally
I don’t know about you, but being the center of attention stresses me out. Sharing that first moment together at the wedding doesn’t have to make you nervous; you don’t have to be afraid that you’ll start ugly-crying as soon as you see your fiancé waiting at the end of the aisle! With a first look, you can react naturally and cry together or laugh together or dance together, or whatever feels right when you see the love of your life. If you are shy or nervous or tense around large groups of people, you and your fiancé would benefit from that moment of calm where you can be your own unique selves without the world watching you.
4. Enjoy Your Reception
Incorporating a first look into your wedding frees up your timeline greatly. Bridal party portraits, bride and groom portraits, and family photos can now be taken before your ceremony! You will feel less rushed and you will be able to enjoy the company of your spouse, friends, and family without being pulled away by your photographer or videographer. Also, if you are spending just one hour after the ceremony posing for pictures, you could potentially miss up to 20% of your own wedding!
5. The Gift Of Time
This one may seem pretty obvious, but after your first look, several hours are spent taking photos with family and the bridal party. That’s hours of extra time with your future spouse on your wedding day! Who else would you rather spend time with?
Obviously, a first look is not for everyone, and you can certainly plan a successful wedding without it, but why not give yourself the gift of time and enjoy that pre-ceremony moment with the love of your life?