We have blogged about how much we LOVE when couples choose to have a first look and we really do. They tend to give an amazing relaxed atmosphere that is totally centered on the couple, and we love that. However, we never want our couples to feel pressured to do a first look if it is not something that they want, though we would love for them to consider it.
So we often get a question from our couples about what they should do if they do not choose a first look? If you choose not to have a first look on your wedding day there are just a few things to keep in mind, and we will be sure to work with you through the process.
The main thing to think about is when sunset is, and what time your ceremony will take place. If you are not wanting to do a first look, you will have to plan a ceremony time that will leave us plenty of natural light after the ceremony ends to capture all of the lovely images that you are wanting from your wedding day. There will be family pictures, bridal party pictures, and the portraits of the two of you. We want to make sure that you have lots of time to get all the gorgeous images that will be going in your album.
If you decide against the first look there will be some time before you get to the reception, it is a great idea to have a cocktail hour of some kind so that your guests will be occupied while the photos are being taken. If there is food or drinks…guests will be happy!
Especially if you are not doing the first look, it is important to let your family that will be in family pictures know where they should be. If they don’t know where to be we often loose Grandma, who has slipped off to the reception for a cocktail. :) It is a good idea to let them know ahead of time as well as have the officiant announce where they should be at the end of the ceremony.
Though we love when couples choose the first look, it is absolutely possible to choose not to do one as long as you plan well!