Plenty of questions arise when it comes to having the first look. Should it be on the aisle as the bride walks toward the groom or should it be before that? While there is no definite answer, the answer to this question really relies on what you and your groom think. Add to that the cultural beliefs set on marriage that your society or community believes in.
So, if you’re going to have that first look, here are some advantages of doing either of both.
The First Look – On the Aisle
This is a more traditional practice that many old folks would want for their brides or grooms to practice.
1. Watching the faces of the groom and bride. When you have your first look as you walk down the aisle, it’s not going to be a private moment that you two are going to share. All of your guests present will be able to see your reaction to seeing each other for the first time.
Yes, your guests might see how your face changes from surprise to sheer happiness, but that moment is still yours to share with your groom. Brides and grooms have testified that it felt like it was just the two of them in that moment. What’s even more special is that a lot of people get to witness the love between the both of you, seeing each other for the first time before saying your I Do’s.
2. Seeing the reaction of the witnesses. This is definitely something you won’t get to experience if you have your first look done before walking down the aisle. You won’t be the only ones to react when you see each other for the first time, but all your guests standing as witnesses will be able to see that blissful moment unfolding.
Many guests have gone teary-eyed, slack-jawed, and simply filled to the brim with joy, seeing the two of you, bride and groom, seeing each other for the first time before officially becoming husband and wife.
The First Look – Behind the Scenes
Seeing your bride or groom in private before the ceremony starts is quite new but is fast being observed by many couples around the world, especially in western cultures.
1. The privacy of the moment. Some couples simply want to share this special moment with each other. Whether you’ve been a couple for many years or just a few months before deciding to get married, seeing each other for the first time dressed in your wedding attire never fails to take your breaths away.
Many couples take this time to hug and kiss each other, cherish the moment, and say a few words before departing for the ceremony. Having this moment photographed is a nice touch to an already touching moment.
2. The building of anticipation. Having your first look behind the scenes and in private is a great option for couples who just can’t wait to see each other one more time before the formalities start. Both the bride and the groom will be jumping in anticipation to see each other and when they do, the moment is always priceless.
Of course, there’s always an exemption to the rule when it comes to having first looks. Many have opted to follow a combination of the two. Simply the touching of each other’s hands with eyes blindfolded or being near each other without actually seeing each other has been done by other couples. This way, they can share that private moment together and still enjoy the surprise when they finally get to see each other on the aisle.