It is getting more and more popular for the bride and groom to-be to have a sneak peak of each other before the actual ceremony. This is completely nontraditional, but that’s what is so fun about it! What generally happens is the groom will be standing in a certain area with his back to the bride and she will come up behind him and surprise him. There is a photographer standing nearby to capture every moment.
So, I’m sure you’re wondering, “How do I find out if this is for me?” There are several ways:
- If your wedding reception and ceremony are at the same venue – This will allow you and your guests to flow right from the ceremony into the reception without that awkward waiting time until pictures are done being taken. You can still choose to take several pictures with your husband after the ceremony, but it can be a more limited amount.
- You are getting married after daylight saving’s time – The sun sets sooner after daylight saving’s time ends, so it will be important to the photographer to have a significant amount of light left in order to get the best pictures possible. If your ceremony is planned around the sunset then, chances are, you will not have very much time between the ceremony and reception to capture your pictures before the sun goes down.
I’m guessing that one of the first things that comes to your mind is, “Will it still be as emotional when I actually walk down the aisle?” The answer is YES! Many brides have decided to do a “first look” and have claimed that it does not put a damper on your big moment walking down the aisle. One bride even said that her husband started crying even more than earlier that day. The “first look” isn’t designed to take anything away from your time to shine; it is designed to give you and your husband to-be a chance to experience the beauty of each other in an intimate setting without all eyes being on you.