Should I Do a First Look for My Toledo Wedding Photography?
You’ve probably had friends and family members get married and have strong feelings either way about whether to do a first look or not. There is a lot of information out there, and we wanted to give our 2 cents when it comes to deciding if a first look for your Toledo wedding photography is worthwhile!
While we don’t feel it is our place to force you in a certain direction one way or another, a first look does have many benefits from our perspective. With a first look, you’ll get ready earlier, finish many important photos before the ceremony, and you’ll get roll right from the photos to the ceremony to the reception with ease. You still have the cocktail hour for any missed photos due to guests not being there, a different setting, or just time constraints, but nowhere near the photo amount you would still have to take had you not done a first look. The bridal party is fresh with hair, makeup, unwrinkled suits pre-beer stains, no water spills on bridesmaids dresses, and perky flowers. You’ll get to be in the moment with your guests from the time they arrive until the time they leave.
However, nothing beats tradition. Seeing your spouse for the first time as they walk down the aisle is a very emotional and powerful feeling.
It’s also another great photo opportunity. (It’s a common myth to say that your man won’t cry if you did a first look….this second photo proves otherwise! It’s still a big deal!)
Not having a first look is completely fine – you just need plenty of time in between the ceremony and reception to not be stressed and get the photos you fell in love with in the first place! If you only have 30 minutes total to get bridal party, the two of you, AND family, you won’t get the amazing photos you booked us for! We recommend at least 1.5 – 2 hours in between. Your guests honestly will not mind. They’ll go eat lunch, go to a bar, go walk around if it’s a beautiful setting, or just hang out.
The stress-free feeling works best with an earlier ceremony time and a gap between the ceremony and reception. It also works best with 2 separate locations. Most weddings that are occurring at the same place for both ceremony and reception are best suited for a first look as they tend to go straight from the ceremony to cocktail hour.
If you’re lost or overwhelmed, always ask us what to do! We would be more than happy to help, provide you with different scenarios, and help you choose the method that best fits the two of you, your schedule, and your traditions you want to share! Timeline planning and unlimited coffee and fun dates are always on the house 🙂