First Look- The Pros & Cons
For the traditional bride, your first thought when it comes to having a First Look is probably along the lines of, “no way, not for me!” And that’s perfectly fine because it’s YOUR day and your decision. I’m just here to give a look into both options.
Let’s start with why brides (and some grooms) don’t want to do a first look on the big day. Traditionally the groom isn’t supposed to see the bride before she’s walking down the aisle. The superstition is that it’s bad luck and interestingly enough, this tradition started when marriages were arranged. Often times the bride’s family didn’t want the groom to see the bride before the wedding at all. Most arranged marriages were done for business purposes and if the groom thought the bride was unattractive he could call it off. (Ugh).
There’s also the thought that if the Groom sees the Bride before the walk down the aisle, the moment of seeing each other won’t be as special.
So to wrap that up, the con of a first look is that it’s against tradition and some people still believe that seeing each other before the ceremony will bring bad luck to the marriage (which is perfectly fine).
While there’s only one argument against a first look, there are a few in favor of them.
First off, many couples have stated that first looks made the rest of their big day feel more relaxed. Even though I’m sure the anticipation kills while the bride anxiously taps her fiance’s shoulder, waiting for him to turn around and see her, it doesn’t lessen the feels for when she walks the aisle.
Another major pro of a first look is pictures! Pictures can take up SO much time after the ceremony. Guests (and you!) are hungry and anxious to socialize. When doing a first look you can get all the pictures out of the way, leaving you and your new spouse to immediately have a grand entrance and get the party started.
Plus, the pictures when capturing first looks are always absolutely adorable!
All in all, it’s YOUR wedding day- do what you want to do! It’ll be beautiful regardless.