It’s your wedding day – so you can do whatever you want to! Right?! We hope you said YES because we couldn’t agree more!! And doing whatever you want to do comes with many decisions to make! One of those decisions is the debate to incorporate a first look into your wedding day or to go the traditional route with an aisle reveal. Our team of seasoned and well-versed wedding planners have seen it all! Including the pros, cons, and what both could look like. So, in this blog, we will dive deep into how a first look and aisle reveal can impact your wedding experience! Let’s get to it!!
Aisle Reveal: What It Is & The Pros and Cons
Doing an aisle reveal is such a timeless approach to seeing your partner for the first time on your wedding day. There is something so special about the emotions being in full swing as you walk down the aisle. We have seen it so many times where all the guests are crying along with their partners. And, it is so sweet!! The wedding tradition of an aisle reveal comes from the element of surprise, suspense, and having a large WOW factor.
With that being said, there are a few things to think about when deciding this route. First and foremost, doing an aisle reveal can cause you to not be a part of the cocktail hour with your guests to accommodate for all of the wedding party photos and couples photos. Secondly, there is not as much privacy as you aren’t able to enjoy seeing each other for the first time with just each other and have to share that moment with all your guests too. We love the aisle reveal. But, it doesn’t have to be for everyone. Which is why the first look was created!
First Look: What It Is & The Pros and Cons
The first look is a growing trend and people are obsessed – including photographers, planners, videographers, and all your vendors! We describe the first look as the aisle reveal shared only between the couple. You can do this by having one person turned around and the other approaching from behind and once they fully approach their partner they can tap on their shoulder or say something and they will turn around for the big reveal! This is just one option that you can choose from. Another couple of ideas is that you could do the “walk around the corner” moment or a “blindfolded” moment. This is where both people can see each other for the first time at the same time! The possibilities are endless for this. Your photographer and videographer team will guide you in what is going to be best for you!
Not only is the first look more of a modern approach but it also allows you to be able to share an intimate moment with your partner before the ceremony. This can help lower the stress of the ceremony, feel more relaxed, and be able to share the moment just between the two of you! And, of course, logistically speaking, you get to finish all of your wedding photos with your bridal party and partner before guest arrival! You could even throw in some family photos too. This means that there will be less stress later and you can enjoy the cocktail hour with your guests! No wonder the first look is on the rise.
What Would You Choose? Aisle Reveal or First Look?
The best part: there is no right or wrong answer! It just depends on what your desires are as a couple and how you want to feel on your wedding day. Each couple is unique and your choice should align with your values, preferences, and vision and nothing else!! During the planning process, we will guide you in that decision-making process paying attention to your wants and needs, and ensuring that your wedding day unfolds seamlessly and authentically!