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Everyone knows that the first time seeing your partner on your wedding day is a once in a lifetime moment. It is the moment that you see your wedding day really start to unfold and is traditionally when everyone finally sees the bride’s dress for the first time. This first look is so special that you are sure to want to capture the moment on camera. The question is: Do you keep this first look traditional by seeing your partner for the first time as they’re walking down the aisle? Or do you have a private moment together before the ceremony? Here are some pros and cons to each to help you decide which option is best for your big day!

Before…

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By having your first look moment before the ceremony, you are allowing a private moment to be captured that is only between you and your partner. This allows for you both to have an intimate moment, without the presence of all of your friends and family. There are no distractions here, so you can both fully express your true reactions without fear of spectators’ opinions.

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Wedding jitters are something natural that comes along with getting married. By having your first look before, this could allow the both of you to have a moment to calm eachother down and soothe your nerves. This allows you to talk some before the ceremony so you both feel confident and ready to say your vows!

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The option of seeing your partner before also allows for your photographer to get the perfect picture of both of your reactions. Often when this first look photo is taken at the ceremony, it is only of the groom because they have long awaited seeing their bride in their wedding dress and are most likely to have the largest reaction. However, by taking the photo before, you have space for both of your first reactions to be taken and you are almost guaranteed to capture this moment on camera. 

During…

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The traditional way to first see your spouse on your wedding day is at the ceremony. By doing it this way, you get to share this moment with all of your guests! Guests often love to see the couple’s first look, especially when the groom has a big, emotional reaction. This moment is so sweet that your guests are sure to want to experience it as well!

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It is also said that seeing your partner for the first time on your wedding day should be at the ceremony because it is good luck! This superstition is still highly valued today and is the prime reason couples wait until the ceremony to see each other for the first time. If you are a superstitious person, following this traditional first look method might be best for you!

…Or a Little Bit of Both?

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Can’t decide which one to do? Why not have both! Many couples who want to keep the good luck charm of first seeing each other at the ceremony still meet before, they just don’t look at eachother! As exemplified above, you can still have a private moment without breaking the tradition. Pull some chairs together back to back or have your maid of honor and his best man lead you both to a location where you can stand together privately. To ensure there is no peeking, have them cover your eyes or wear a blindfold! 

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Some creative ways to share a special moment while still saving your first look for the ceremony is to meet each other on opposite sides of a door or wall where you can still hold hands, but not see each other’s faces or attire. You could give each other a sweet note, pray together or read the bible, or write your significant other a song to sing if you are musically gifted!  

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Whichever first look method you choose is going to be amazing. The important part is to remember that this is a special moment that is solely between you and your partner, so do what is best for you and your marriage! I hope that this helped you to weigh the pros and cons and come to a decision that is going to make your wedding day the best it can be.


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