The First Looks


There are so many ways to do a first look, but first, what even is a first look? A first look is exactly how it sounds: the first time you see the bride all dressed up in her gown. This can be before the wedding ceremony or right as she is walking down the aisle. This blog will discuss various first looks from the bridesmaids to the father of the bride, and most commonly – the groom. Just a fun and special moment to keep in mind when planning your big day!

Bridesmaids’ The First Look

The bridesmaids’ first look is such a special moment for the bride and the girls involved. This is the first chance the bridesmaids get to see the bride in her gown with all her accessories before the ceremony.

These ladies are some of the bride’s closest, and longest friends. All the reactions are a possibility, maybe a scream, hug, all filled with an immense amount of joy. Their reactions will give the bride so much confidence and can be the best photo op. It’s such a special moment that makes everyone realize “wow this is actually happening.” You will not find a room that is as full of love and support as you will in that bridal suite.

Father of the Bride’s First Look

The father of the bride’s first look is one of the most sentimental moments for both the bride and the father. He gets to see his little girl in her wedding dress for the first time before the wedding ceremony.

Most importantly with just the two of them sharing the moment. A special time for them to share, maybe get some advice, and he can feel proud of the woman his daughter has grown up to be. This moment is beyond meaningful and will be a memory the two of them share for the rest of their lives. The two might cry, laugh, hug, and just simply cherish the moment together!

The Groom’s First Look

The groom’s first look is typically what most people think of when they hear the words “first look.” It can take place before the wedding, or they can wait till the ceremony when the bride walks down the aisle. There are pros and cons to both, as well as a personal preference. If you want the moment to be public and in front of the wedding party and all the guests, then definitely wait till the ceremony. Sometimes waiting for the ceremony will make the moment even more special.

On the other hand, if you want to have a private moment with just the bride and groom, then plan sometime aside for that. Pre-ceremony first look allows the bride and groom to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment without any stress from the wedding. It’s also a good opportunity to calm the couple’s pre-wedding nerves. A private, planned first look lets the bride and groom be emotional without anyone watching. Such a beautiful moment where a groom can see the love of his life dressed in a wedding gown before the big “I do”!

All of these first look options have a special place in your day! If you include one, or all, they really can add a special and sometimes necessary part to your day.  Not to mention, they will be special photos to hold dear to your heart forever! Remember, these people love you, and it will be so fun to reveal the dress to any or all of them!

Complete Wedding Experts in Central Illinois

If you’re planning a wedding, you’ve come to the right place. At Complete Weddings + Events, our team of photographers, videographers, DJs, and event consultants specialize in wedding services to make your day a success and make sure you’re just worried about enjoying it. Contact us today to learn more about our wedding packages best for your special day!

Central Illinois’ leading provider of event and wedding photographyvideographylightingDJ services & photo booth rental.

Author: Cassidy Bringle

Complete Weddings + Events Central Illinois, Springfield, Peoria, and Champaign’s leading provider of event and wedding photography, videography, lighting, coordinationDJ services & photo booth rental.

Request Pricing & Availability