A first look is when you and your loved one see each other before the ceremony. This also usually includes doing your wedding party photos before the ceremony.
Having a first look has slowly become more and more popular amongst wedding couples. For those still on the fence, I have 3 reasons to at least consider doing a first look:
1) Everyone gets to the party faster
There's no time gap or need to spend on a cocktail hour. You, your wedding party, family and friends can get to the party right after the ceremony. And the party is one of the best parts! Well, next to the whole becoming husband and wife part. ;)
2) You create a stress-free wedding day
By having a first look, as well as doing the wedding party photos before your ceremony, you alleviate some of the stress when it comes to your wedding day timeline. You have the freedom to start a little earlier, so that you're not rushed, and can really enjoy the entire day at a relaxed and dare I say, luxurious, pace.
3) You can enjoy a moment together
While there's something to be said about tradition and having your husband to be see you for the first time walking down the aisle, there's also something to be said about seeing each other on your wedding day and being able to take a moment and really cherish it. To have time to talk, to hug, to kiss, to really look at each other. It's priceless.
And I mean, come on, how awesome is this reaction?!