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Breaking Tradition: The Pros and Cons of a First Look Before Your Wedding Ceremony

For many couples, the first look before the wedding ceremony is a special and intimate moment that allows them to share a private moment before the whirlwind of the day begins. However, some couples prefer to stick to tradition and wait until the ceremony to see each other for the first time. Here are some pros and cons to consider when deciding whether or not to have a first look before your wedding ceremony:


  1. More time for photos - Having a first look before the ceremony allows for more time to take photos together, as well as with the bridal party and family members.

  2. Cocktail Hour- You get to enjoy that hour with your guests instead of using that time to take photos.

  3. Less stress - Seeing each other before the ceremony can help ease pre-wedding jitters and nervousness, making the ceremony itself feel more relaxed.

  4. Private moment - A first look allows you to share a private moment together, without the distraction of guests and other distractions.

  5. Better lighting - Depending on the time of day and location of your ceremony, a first look may allow for better lighting for your photos.


  1. Breaking tradition - For some couples, the tradition of waiting until the ceremony to see each other is an important part of the wedding day.

  2. Losing the surprise - Some couples prefer the excitement and surprise of seeing each other for the first time as they walk down the aisle.

  3. Less time to get ready - If you choose to have a first look, it may mean starting hair and makeup earlier in the day to ensure you are ready in time.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to have a first look before your wedding ceremony is a personal one that should be based on what feels right for you as a couple. Consider your priorities for the day, the timing and logistics of your wedding, and your personal preferences before making a decision.

In the end, no matter what you decide, the most important thing is that you are able to enjoy and cherish every moment of your special day.

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