Should you see each other before the ceremony on your wedding day?

So what is a first look?

“The First Look” is when a couple chooses to see each other in their wedding attire prior to the ceremony.  Some couples choose to do this in the weeks before the wedding, and other couples carve out time in their wedding day timeline for a first look.

I’m a big believer in “The First Look” for a few reasons. Having been a bride, I know that the day goes by so quickly. I also know that nerves, stress, and anxiety can run away with couples and start to take the wheel with everything that goes on during a wedding day.

I’ve found it’s really special for couples to have a little ‘us’ time alone before the ceremony, to see each other and check in. It’s a very emotional moment seeing each other for the first time on your wedding day and many couples choose to experience it privately.

Think of this as your time to celebrate as just a duo without the eyes of all your guests. Plus, it means that you can get all your “formal” photos done before the ceremony.

A first look isn’t for everyone, it may require a longer timeline, and more time with your photographer… plus it is non-traditional, but I really liked structuring it this way because it feels like the pressure is off for couples after the ‘formals’ are done and they can just enjoy the rest of their day being fully present.

This is just my two cents though. This is your big day and I am just a small part of it. I want you to experience it the way you and your groom dreamed it. I’m happy to provide input, but ultimately, it’s up to you to decide how you want your timeline to be.

Plus side to having a First Look – 

-A chance to have a quiet moment with your boo to calm those pre-ceremony nerves.
-Getting all of the formal photos done before the ceremony so after- it’s just party time!
-Higher likely-hood that your wedding party will be semi-sober in the formal photos…you know, if that’s the kind of party you’re throwing. 😉

Downside of having a First Look-

-Scheduling your formal photos earlier in the day may mean you’ll need to be ready earlier than you would otherwise.
-It’s non-traditional, so if sticking to traditions is important to you and your family, this might not be for you!
-A longer timeline means you may need to book more time with your photographer on your wedding day.

This Southern Utah Elopement…

was pure magic from start to finish. From the incredible couple, to the unbelievable red rock setting, and the funnest creative team. I’d live this day again and again if I could.

Vendor List –

Planner –  @alexievents_u.s.a
Photographer – @meganleephoto
Creative genius –  @mister_pretty_pictures
Bride + Groom –  @crystalkatebonham@calebbonham
Bridal Shop –  @fleurishla
Groom Attire – @stitchandtie
Gown – Y @yaniv_persy
Makeup – @beautybyluvi
Hair – @topknot.bdb
Stationery –  @adariadesigns
Floral Designer –  @millefleurdesign