Should a Bride & Groom See Each Other Before Their Wedding Ceremony?
For those who love weddings, many will say that their favorite part of weddings is not seeing what the bride looks like or seeing the bride and groom say ‘I do’, but is in actual fact ‘the first look’. This is when the bride and groom see each other for the first time, which traditionally will happen when the bride is walking down the aisle. In almost every case, this will see both individuals beaming as they finally get to see each other and begin the journey which will seem them declared as man and wife. However, there are many that believe that it is a good idea for the couple to see each other prior to the ceremony in order to create some beautiful, unique images of that special moment; but exactly are the pros and cons of couples doing this?
One of the first pros is the chance to see each other away from your guests and over excited family members. Once the ceremony begins, you will barely have a moment to be alone together until your wedding night, so it is a great way in which to see each other and have some intimate photographs taken. Some guests may not like having to wait around for a long period of time while you are your spouse pose for photographs. By seeing each other before the ceremony, you and your partner can pose for images which will help shave off time after the ceremony for photographs. These will be truly special as genuine excitement, happiness and elation will be captured in your images. This will also help to ease any nerves which the couple is having. For the groom, standing at the altar can be one of the most nerve wracking things he ever does-especially with many eyes focused on him. By seeing his bride to be prior to the ceremony, this will help make him feel at ease and also eliminate any worries that she won’t turn up!
However, along with the pros come the cons. Tradition states that it is bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the ceremony which is why in many cases, the bride and groom will even spend the night before their wedding apart. A bride’s gown will be one of the most precious items of clothing that she will ever wear and will often be the one thing which makes her feel truly beautiful. Many brides and even grooms wish for the groom to not see her in her dress until the moment comes for her to walk down the aisle making her dress all the more special. Having the first look occur before the ceremony can also be disheartening to the guests-in particular family members of the bride and groom. The first look is not only the bride and grooms first chance to see each other, but is also a chance for the guests to see the reaction of the couple as their eyes meet for the first time. If this has already occurred, the first look could not look as magical and is something which cannot be faked.
When planning aspects of your wedding, when you choose to have your first look should be one of the decisions which you make. Regardless of when you do this, you are sure to have a day you will never forget but the time in which you do this will not only be special for you, but also your family and loved ones.
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