First look is my favorite moment at the wedding - first time the bride and groom see each other dressed and ready is one of those amazing moments when the rest of the world falls away. It doesn't matter when it happens - at the altar, or before the ceremony.
For this countdown I'll give my reasons for the First Look before the ceremony
1 Couple gets to have more of an intimate moment
Sometimes bride and groom want to share this moment in more intimate way. It helps to get "the nerves" out of the way and allows for longer more relaxed experience to appreciate each other. To have more time for just the two of them ( and a photographer)
2 Getting the photos out of the way ahead of ceremony
Having first look before the ceremony also allows the couple to schedule formals with the bridal party and family as well as creative couples photos right after, especially if the couple chooses to mingle with guests at the cocktail hour. This also allows more time flexibility for creative and formal photos in case there is large bridal party or couple is traveling to different reception site.
3 More creative freedom
Seeing each other for the first time without all of the guest, also allows for more fun in the moment. No one is is waiting to start the ceremony. Its just fun time to connect.
So here it is - my 3 reasons to have first look. I notice more and more couples choose the First Look instead of seeing each other for the first time at the altar for variety of reasons.
But no matter when bride and groom see each other first - it truly is a very special moment.