It’s no secret that the First Look is becoming very popular. (I should know – I did one at my wedding!) While the First Look is GREAT for the wedding day timeline as a whole, I always respect my couple’s wishes when they opt for a more traditional stance. Today I’m sharing two alternatives to the First Look and how they are the best of both worlds!
One of the major reasons I love when couples do a First Look is that they get to spend a quiet moment together, just the two of them. It may sound crazy, but this is probably the only part of the wedding day where the bride and groom are actually alone! One great way to get this quiet moment, but still wait to see each other until the aisle is by doing…
As the name alludes to, this is when the bride and groom are able to hold hands, but they don’t see each other. Often this is done by standing on either side of a doorway. (I’ve also seen it where the groom is blindfolded and they are holding hands face to face. It makes for sweet photos, but if you’ve worked with a blindfold, you know this could be risky!)
This gives the couple a chance to talk, quell any nerves, and just soak in the meaning of the day before it starts getting really busy. It gives them a moment to connect and builds the anticipation leading to the ceremony.
If you’re interested in doing a First Touch, here are some things to consider:
The next alternative to the First Look stems off the tradition of the bride and groom exchanging gifts on the wedding day. In stead of a gift, or in addition to one, you can…
Of the two alternatives to the First Look, this is by far the most conservative option. However, it is one of my FAVORITE ways for the couple to connect before the ceremony. There are few things more personal than a handwritten love note, and what better occasion to write one than your wedding day!
Even though the bride and groom are separate for this exchange, it still produces a quiet moment for them to reflect. This private moment almost always results in tears and is one of the highlights of the wedding day.
If you’re interested in exchanging letters, here are some things to consider:
The bottom line, as the bride or groom, this is YOUR wedding day. If you’re set on not having a First Look, that is completely fine!! Waiting for the “aisle moment” is such a sweet tradition. But if you’re on the fence, these two alternatives to the First Look might just be the best of both worlds!!