Should you do a first look on your wedding?

First looks have become a booming trend, and it’s one we fully support. Not only does it give us another exciting moment to capture on film, but it also gives you more time to spend with your soon to be spouse. If you’re sticking with the more traditional route though, and keeping the reveal for your significant other to the aisle, it’s also a nice moment to have with the first man you ever loved, your father. Heck, you could even do a first look with your mom, your brother, or even a best friend!

Jennifer and Saverio had a first look before their ceremony, which added lots of time for photos before their ceremony. You can check out their Hayloft in the Grove Wedding Video below:

Jennifer & Saverio from Black Horse Videography on Vimeo.

  • Make Time For It

If you want to have a moment with your fiance, your father, or whomever you choose, you need to make sure it fits into the schedule of your wedding day. We recommend something between 5-10 minutes. During this time, your photographer and videographer will need to coordinate with one another as well as decide on the logistics of the private but well-lit area for the First Look. 

  • Pick A Location

You don’t need to make a big deal out of picking a location. In fact, it can be very simple. If you’re getting ready in a room with a lot of windows and natural light, it can be as easy as having your partner step into the room. This helps to cut out any time you’d waste traveling to a different spot. And as we know, time is something you’ll definitely need more of the day off while trying to pull everything together.

  • It’s Okay If You Don’t Get Emotional

In a world where social media reigns supreme, it can be intimidating to see all the First Look videos out there filled with tears and grand surprises. But it doesn’t always happen that way and we get it… you’re both thinking about 10 other things. Are we on time? Did I button my jacket? Are the caterers good to go? Is the music set up? Whatever emotions happen, or whatever emotions don’t happen, it’s not a reflection on who you are or how much you love one another.

  • Tell Your Videographer Beforehand

If you’ve watched Black Horse wedding videos, you know audio is very important to us. Telling your videographer you want to do a first look with your parents, siblings, etc. will help us to prepare ahead of time. It also gives us time to ensure we bring the audio equipment we need.

First Looks happen so quickly too, and it’s very important that both your videographer and photographer coordinate together. We need to know where you plan to do it so we can figure out the logistics like where we can stand for a good view. Communicating what you want and are planning is key to making sure we get the best photos and videos.

First Looks vary depending on the couple. It’s a special moment that’s all about you, and it should be as extravagant and emotional as you want it to be. Just make sure ahead of time what to expect on your big day!

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