While we are extreme fanatics for first looks during a wedding day, we understand that some couples prefer to wait until the altar to see each other. Nevertheless, there are various ways to connect pre-ceremony without having to break tradition! There are a couple of reasons you might want to consider one of these first look alternatives. First, your wedding day goes by faster than you can say “I do,” so any time you are able to spend alone becomes exceptionally cherished. An alternative to a first look gives you the opportunity to take a deep breath and enjoy each other’s company, even if you are not seeing one another’s face.
The second reason is in regards to your wedding photos. Arranging a first look provides your photographer with a chance to capture more portraits of you together without interrupting a definite wedding day timeline. Whether you decide to do a standard first look or one of these first look alternatives, those photos will truly become several of your all-time favorites due to the intimacy, emotion, and excitement you will come to appreciate every time you view them! Without further ado, here are 3 of Grand Lens Photography's "first look" alternatives.
Do a first look with someone else
A first look does not have to be with your soon-to-be spouse. You can avoid “bad luck” and the superstition of the groom seeing the bride in her dress before the ceremony by allowing someone else to see you first in all of your bridal glory. Some of the usual touching moments occur when a parent sees his or her daughter (or son, for that matter) in their wedding apparel for the first time. You could also surprise a grandparent or your siblings, too— whomever you feel close to that you would like a little time with before the ceremony.
You and your fiancé can be alone together without actually seeing each other. One popular way to do this is to hold hands through a doorway, around walls, bookcases, shelves, or other corner spaces, or even around a staircase (depending on its design). This is mainly nice for more religious or spiritual brides and grooms who want to share a moment of prayer together preceding the ceremony. A similar way would be to be back to back. You are standing back to back with each other rather than having a type of partition between you. This involves strategic planning ahead of time.
Use a blindfold
There are a few ways to navigate this first look alternative. One possible scenario is that the groom’s buddies blindfold him and the bridesmaids bring him to the bride. Another possible scenario is, the bride and groom are both blindfolded and brought to each other beforehand, wearing their getting-ready clothes other than their formal wear. Do a test run with the blindfold you plan to use to ensure it is thick enough so you can't sneak a peek through the fabric—that would completely ruin the anticipation, surprise, and enjoyment of the moment, not to mention bring bad luck (if you believe in the superstition, of course).
Planning a wedding is no simple or swift task. It is full of numerous details and decisions. One thing to remember is, this is your day. It is the day you marry your best friend. Your family and close friends will witness your two lives coming together to make the ultimate promise to one another. Be sure to create a day that is a resemblance of the both of you as a couple. Design it differently. Make it unique but most importantly, ensure that you determine the day that is true and special to you.