There’s just something about the wedding day “first look” that’s magical, touching, and can be one of the most treasured memories for years to come. It’s at this moment when you can share in a private moment exchanging true emotions and soaking it all in as time stands still. If you want to capture sweet moments before your walk down the aisle WITHOUT sacrificing tradition, then these options are for you!

If you are wondering what a “first look” is and how to add it into your wedding planner. Take a look at our recent here.

First Look Photo
First Look Wedding Photo from Pinterest

First Touch”

The most popular alternative we see is the behind the door (or structure) first touch. It allows you to talk, hold hands, exchange letters or gifts, and it still makes for a great photo op.

Alternative First Look Wedding Photo from Pinterest

“Blindfolded”

If you’d like to go a more non-traditional route, you can get a blindfold, put it on loosely so you don’t mess  hayour hair, and you can hug and hold each other without seeing each other. It is an intimate way to be together without seeing each other before you walk down the aisle.

Alternative First Look Photos
Alternative First Look Wedding Photo from Pinterest

“Back-to-Back”

While it takes a bit more planning, going back-to-back is a great way to share an intimate moment together. Have your wedding photographer set up the groom ahead of time in a place near a doorway, so that the bride doesn’t have to walk as far. Then, have the bride walk backwards towards the groom so that you are standing back-to-back. Share a moment together without turning around.

First Look Photo
Alternative First Look Wedding Photo from Pinterest

“Private Prayer”

For the couples that want to hear their significant other, but not physically see one another before the ceremony you have a cute option of doing a hidden prayer. This is normally done with a wall or door in between the couple and only their hands are touching. This is a perfect time to pray or say those few sweet words before you become husband and wife.

First Look Alternative
Alternative First Look Wedding Photo from Pinterest

“Exchange Letters”

Prior to the wedding, you and your groom can sit and write love letters to each other, detailing your excitement and love for one another. Make the letter as long or as short as you want! Then, on the wedding day, you can take a moment to read your letters and have a private moment together without actually being together.

Alternative First Look Photo
Alternative First Look Wedding Photo from Pinterest

“Serenade”

Are you or your fiance musically-inclined? The secluded serenade gets us every time! The couple looks as if they’re the only people on earth as they connect with each other via song before heading to their ceremony.

Alternative First Look Wedding Photo from Pinterest

Then, there are some “alternative” first looks that don’t involve your fiances at all.  These are special ways to highlight those that mean most to us. For example…

 

The Father/Daughter “First Look”

I am a huge fan of this sweet twist! The moment when a father first sees his daughter in her wedding gown can be a very emotional and memorable moment. I promise there will not be a dry eye in the room (especially when the daughter chooses to wear his wife’s wedding gown!) Though a wedding day is focused on the bride and groom, we love it when a bride takes a few minutes to spend with just her Dad.

Alternative First Look Photos
Alternative First Look Wedding Photo from Pinterest

Your Bridal Party “First Look”

After months of planning and hours of getting ready the morning of your wedding, you’ll be so psyched to finally put your wedding dress on and show your bridal party how incredible you look. Although there’s nothing quite like your first look with your partner, the first time your best friends, siblings and parents see you all dressed up is such a memorable moment (make sure you put this one on your must-have shot list!).

Alternative First Look Wedding Photo from Pinterest

So brides and grooms, will you be doing a first look, opting for an alternative or sticking with tradition? 

Let us know in the comments!

Photo Credit to Jadranka Isabelle Photography
Central Wisconsin Wedding Planner