To get rid of the ‘walking down the aisle’ wedding jitters, more and more couples have begun to opt for the “first look” photo shoot. A first look is a private moment between the engaged couple to sneak in a little alone time before the ceremony. Getting it photographed is a wonderful way to capture even more special moments on your big day.
Although it might not be the right choice for every couple, for those keen on embracing modern wedding rituals (like trying something foreign, for instance), a first look shoot can be a truly magical and intimate affair. Here are 10 tips on making it special for you and your beau:
1. Hire the Right Photographer
Now that you’ve decided on doing a first look, make sure your photographer has experience shooting moments like these. Hiring a skilled photographer that will capture the best moments of your wedding is a must. The ideal photographer will capture that surprise factor in the most beautiful way possible.
2. Visit The Location Beforehand
Whether you decide to meet at a romantic indoor setting or a gorgeous outdoor locale, make sure you give the place a trial run. You wouldn’t want the moment to be spoiled by a noisy, distracting environment. Visit and experience the location before you decide.
3. Be Conscious of Time
Although the actual first look will last between 5-10 minutes, at least 30-40 minutes will be spent taking portraits of the couple. Having time to spare is always better than racing against the clock, so make sure the special moment will fit into your busy wedding agenda.
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4. Invite Your Bridal Party
Who said the moment should only be between the bride and groom? Some couples decide on having their bridal party present. Having the support of your closest friends and family in this important step will help you deal with any nerves.
5. Walk In Together
Rather than the bride walking down to surprise the groom, why don’t you both come in at the same time? This will give both of you a chance to react instead of putting the entire pressure on the groom.
6. Exchange Love Letters
What’s great about first looks is that you can take this alone time to have a heartfelt talk, unlike waiting to see each other until the ceremony. Why not take this moment to read each other a love letter, or better yet, say each other’s vows?
7. Swap Gifts
A small present to give your partner before the wedding is always a nice addition. Anything from a watch or a bracelet is a great gift but your present doesn’t have to be pricey either. After all, it’s the thought and love you put into it that counts.
8. Call His Name From Afar
You don’t have to miss out on the feeling of walking down the aisle either! Instead of tapping on the groom’s shoulder and waiting until he turns around, why not call his name out from a few yards away? It will replicate the ‘aisle moment’ and give him a memorable (and tearjerking) vision of you in your wedding gown.
9. Get Your Family Involved
Make the most out of this precious time and try to squeeze in some nice family portraits before the ceremony. At this point, everyone looks their best, so take advantage of getting beautiful pictures with loved ones right after the first look.
10. Stay In The Moment
Forget about the fact that there’s a photographer present to capture your first look. This is an occasion you’ll never want to forget, so be as raw and emotional as you feel. After all, this is the instance you’ve been waiting for forever.
Do you have any other tips that you would like to share with us? Let us know — we would love to hear from you! If you’re still in the process of wedding planning, why not check our article on 6 Tips for Avoiding Wedding Scams this Season?