A first look is a new trend for bridal couples. It is a rehearsed moment for the photographer to take pictures of the bride and groom before the wedding ceremony seeing each other for the first time. This is breaking away from the traditional way a groom would first see the bride at the altar. The decision must be discussed between you both, to make sure you make the right choice.
If you have made the decision to break away from tradition and choose the first look, then contact your photographer as early as possible to decide on the location where your first look will take place. Some couples choose a location that means something to them both, like maybe the first time they met or a spot where they went on a special date. Remember that whichever place you pick, this can be a special location to visit for the rest of your life together.
The first look can expand to be the first look with your parents, grandparents, siblings, and the wedding party. Everyone’s response will be photographed and/or videotaped and can be staged into a short movie for everyone to enjoy. You will need co-ordination and some practice prior to the day, try to be creative. Some grooms are blindfolded until the bride is in front of him and some have their backs turned until they feel a tap on the shoulder to turn and see the beautiful bride to be. Once the photographer is finished, you can relax for the rest of the day, meaning you don’t have to leave the reception again, there will be lots of celebration pics of the toasts, cake cutting, bouquet tossing and dancing along with the usual indoor wedding reception photography.
Arranged marriages were very common in some parts of the world, especially Asia where families arranged for the partnership of a boy and girl to marry. After the negotiations were done, the bride-to-be would have the first look with their wedding dress at her husband-to-be on the day of the wedding ceremony. In some parts of China, these types of rituals were called blind marriages. Also “picture-bride marriages” were quite common especially among Japanese American immigrants, where the couple knew each other only by the photos they shared with each throughout the courtship, until the day of the wedding when they would get a first live look.
In today’s world, television and social media have a huge part in what we say and do. There are many television shows that are related to the wedding world and one show is about couples that do not see each other until they are walking down the aisle to the altar, they speak to each other but never see each other. Some of the couples say I do upon their first look at seeing the person they are about to marry, and some couple has said no to being married. So, this means that to some people, looks are a big part of choosing a partner to marry, even if the personality is compatible.
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