Why have a first look? Pros and Cons
You have more time for portrait time! You are more relaxed knowing that you do not have guests waiting for you at cocktail hour. Speaking of cocktail hour, I have so many couples that are dying to see what their venue looks like filled with the decor that took a year or longer to plan. If you are done with your portraits before the ceremony, you will get to be there to see your guests enjoy those hors-d'oeuvres that you picked out.
Plus you actually get to have intimate time on your wedding day with your significant other. Most couples don’t realize that when you come down the aisle that you really just want to run into each other's arms. You can’t even be told how amazing you look. You can’t embrace or even SPEAK to each other. You have to wait until 30 minutes or longer later when the ceremony is over to react. After 30 minutes of the ceremony, the reaction isn’t the same as the initial first glance.
First Looks allow you to extend your wedding day. Normally the wedding day would start when you come down the aisle, then the ceremony would end, you would rush through portraits so that you’re not late for the introductions. Then it’s reception time. With a first look, your wedding day is extended by almost 3 hours! This can be a pro and a con. If you have a large bridal party the start time for hair and makeup could be 3 hours earlier than if you hadn’t done the first look. Do you want to start hair and makeup at 7 am or 10 am? There are many things to consider. A first look allows you to relax after the ceremony and fully enjoy your cocktail hour and visit with your guests.
First Looks allow you to be TOGETHER and alone on your wedding day. This just doesn’t happen without a first look. It is a short time but it is special and intimate. Your day will be a whirlwind of events and congratulations. You both are the stars of the day!
One of the cons of a first look is that the portraits are scheduled earlier in the day when the sun is the highest in the sky and does not make for the best lighting. Don’t worry, I deal with this all the time! We will still get gorgeous portraits! But I do emphasize the importance to step outside for an additional 10-15 minutes right before the sun goes down. That way we can capture you aglow during the coveted “golden hour.”
You get rid of your nerves! You will be so much more relaxed during the ceremony.
I hope this helps!