The Pros and Cons of First Look Wedding Photos

I want to start off this blog by saying I LOVE first looks and fully support them! I was a bride who chose NOT to do a first look and years later I actually regret it. In this blog post I share with you the pros and cons of first look wedding photos.

Rancho Mirage First Look | Ritz Carlton | Photography by Temecula Wedding Photographer Jackie Ceja Photography

I was a bride 6 years ago that chose not to have a first look. 6 years ago it wasn’t really popular either. We had a very traditional wedding and I was dreaming of a crazy reaction from my groom. There were complications the morning of our wedding and our ceremony didn’t start on time. We were rushing and walking down the aisle is a blur now. That’s not what I want for you! I want you to be able to remember the most intimate moments of your wedding day.

Rancho Mirage First Look | Ritz Carlton | Photography by Temecula Wedding Photographer Jackie Ceja Photography

Disclaimer: I Never Ever force my couples to do a first look but I know the ones that do have not regretted it one second! I think tradition can really be replaced with an intimate moment during a first look.

So what is a first look?

A First Look is a moment during the wedding day when the Bride and Groom plan to see each other for the first time. The First Look allows couples to share this special moment together in a more private setting. Unlike traditional weddings where the couple plans to see each other during the ceremony.

Rancho Mirage First Look | Ritz Carlton | Photography by Temecula Wedding Photographer Jackie Ceja Photography

Traditionally, couples will wait until the ceremony before seeing each other for the first time. However, it’s becoming more and more popular to see each other just before the ceremony and I love it!

Here are the Pros:

Option #1 | First Look

Pros:

  • The first time you see each other is private and shared just between you two! This is probably the only time all day you’ll get alone time.
  • You both will look your freshest! Hair, make-up, the works.
  • The nerves of seeing each other for the first time will be gone and then you can simply look forward to and enjoy your ceremony with your family and friends.
  • You get so many more portraits! When things run late it’s almost always the bride and groom getting the short end of the straw, getting out time for portraits. This ensures we get a ton!
  • You can schedule all wedding party photos before the ceremony, so afterwards all the formal images left to take are family photos and then you’ll be able to head to your reception quickly instead of having your guests wait for a longer period of time.
  • You get to go to your cocktail hour! And isn’t that the best food anyway?!
  • Your bridal party and family ALSO get to go to cocktail hour instead of taking all the formal pictures. They’ll love you for this.
  • This is a great trial run of walking around and moving in your dress before you have to do it in front of everyone at your ceremony!
  • Timelines seem to be way less stressful when everything is done before the ceremony!

Rancho Mirage First Look | Ritz Carlton | Photography by Temecula Wedding Photographer Jackie Ceja Photography Palm Springs First Look | Ritz Carlton | Photography by Temecula Wedding Photographer Jackie Ceja Photography Palm Springs First Look | Ritz Carlton | Photography by Temecula Wedding Photographer Jackie Ceja Photography

Here are the Cons:

Option #2 | No First Look

You do not see each other before the ceremony and the first time you see each other is when walking down the aisle.

  • Pros:
    • You get to keep up with tradition.
    • If you are wanting to have a cocktail hour for guests only that you do not want to attend between the ceremony and reception, taking the bulk of your images after the ceremony will allow your guests to mingle and enjoy drinks while you’re getting your pictures taken.
  • Cons:
    • If the ceremony begins late, or family photos run longer than expected, then it’s always the bride and groom photo time that gets cut short.
    • The photo time after the ceremony will take longer so guests will have approximately an hour and a half to two hour break from when the ceremony ends and the reception begins (this can be a pro or con depending if you want to entertain your guests during this time or not!)

Palm Springs First Look | Ritz Carlton | Photography by Temecula Wedding Photographer Jackie Ceja Photography Palm Springs First Look | Ritz Carlton | Photography by Temecula Wedding Photographer Jackie Ceja Photography

So, whether or not you’re a traditional bride, or you can’t wait to experience your own special moment, I hope this blog post on the pros and cons of first look wedding photos was helpful!

Bride and Groom Portrait | Ritz Carlton | The Edge Steakhouse | Photography by Temecula Wedding Photographer Jackie Ceja Photography

Isn’t this view STUNNING? this couple had their wedding at the Ritz Carlton in Rancho Mirage, CA right outside of The Edge Steakhouse if you’re in Southern California and you haven’t been it’s definitely a must go!

Bride and Groom Portrait | The Pros and Cons First Look Wedding Photos | Ritz Carlton | The Edge Steakhouse | Photography by Temecula Wedding Photographer Jackie Ceja Photography

 

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