A first look is a moment captured between the bride and groom before the ceremony. It's an intimate moment shared between the couple, to take in the day and focus on one another. There are several advantages to having a first look at a wedding.
It allows the couple to spend some quality time together before the ceremony, allowing them to capture a more relaxed and intimate portrait. It also helps reduce any pre-ceremony stress, as the couple can get their nerves out of the way before their walk down the aisle. Additionally, a first look can help create a more efficient timeline for the day, as it allows for more time for bride and groom portraits.
This can help the reception start on time and it also allows more time for photos with the wedding party and family after the ceremony.
Despite the advantages of a first look, there are also some disadvantages to consider. One of the most common reasons couples choose not to have a first look is because they don't want to see each other before the ceremony. Walking down the aisle and the moment the bride and groom see one another for the first time is a highly anticipated and emotional moment of a wedding ceremony.
Some couples want to keep that experience for when they are standing at the altar. Additionally, a first look can take away from the anticipation of the ceremony, as the couple has already seen each other before.
Finally, some believe that a first look might be bad luck, as it goes against a centuries-old superstition that dictates that one shouldn't see the bride before the wedding.