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Pros and Cons of Doing a First Look

Posted by Sandy D. on

It used to be commonplace for brides and grooms to avoid seeing each other in the hours leading up to their wedding (per the saying, “It’s bad luck to see the bride before the wedding”). Today, however, “first looks” between the bride and groom are more popular than ever. Many couples are ditching tradition in favor of first look perks, such as additional hours for photos and the opportunity for some relaxing time together prior to the ceremony and reception.

Should you honor the age-old tradition of abstaining from seeing your significant other, or spend some quality pre-ceremony time together? Here are a few pros and cons to consider to help you choose whether or not to do a first look:


  • Seeing your significant other may ease pre-wedding jitters or nerves
  • First looks provide quality couple time prior to the chaos of wedding activities
  • A first look allows additional time in your schedule for photos and post-wedding festivities
  • Because they’re taken earlier in the day, a first look may mean more daylight photos


  • You may miss an “authentic” walking down-the-aisle moment with your significant other
  • The reaction to your final look may be more disappointing than one at the altar
  • You will have to be fully dressed and ready earlier in the day
  • Wedding photos taken prior to the ceremony may not include your rings

Regardless of whether you decide to wait to see each other or not, most couples are happy with whatever choice they made. Your wedding nuptials will be just as meaningful either way! In the end, you’ll be a happily married couple (and that’s the most important part).

Happy planning!

with love & style from: Sandy D. (bridal blogger extraordinaire)

(photos from Pixabay, Pexels)

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