Jan 8, 2020
It’s the beginning of the year, hollahhhh! This means a lot of couples whose weddings are coming up are starting to hash out what their wedding day timelines are going to look like.
One aspect that’s often discussed is whether or not to do a First Look. The obvious first step is to consider…
What is a First Look anyway?
The First Look is the moment you and your partner see each other for the first time. Back in the dizzy, this was most commonly done as the bride was walking down the aisle at the start of the ceremony, but as wedding photography and couples’ needs evolved over the years, the need to have portraits done beforehand so you could actually enjoy your big day without feeling more rushed than you already are began to emerge.
You can still make the portraits for your wedding day a success with careful planning. Honestly, the best way to run the timeline without a First Look is to have a hefty sized gap of time in between your ceremony and reception. This is particularly true for those who are getting married at a church earlier in the day with an evening reception to follow. Daylight and length of time no longer become an issue.
Another scenario in which the no-First-Look isn’t really an issue is if you have no bridal party since less time is required for portraits.
If you’re having the typical ceremony-followed-by-cocktail-hour-followed-by-reception scenario and a bridal party, then you’ll want to do part of your portraits pre-ceremony. Ex: bride and bridesmaids portraits, bride and her immediate family, groom and groomsmen portraits, groom and his immediate family. However, you’ll have to be comfortable with the idea of missing a large portion of your cocktail hour (if not all of it) to finish your portraits of bridal party together, family together, and the photos of you two as a couple. You’ll also need to be aware that (depending on the season) you may have to do your photos with artificial light (i.e. flash). AND if you run behind schedule, you may not get as much variety in your portraits as you were hoping for.
Whatever you decide, if you’re confident in your wedding photographer and his/her abilities, then you can sleep easy. And if you haven’t found your photographer yet, let’s chat!