The first look is a moment before the wedding ceremony where you and your partner see each other for the first time that day. It's a very special and intimate moment that can sometimes be more beautiful than the ceremony itself.
Although in the past it was common for the bride and groom not to see each other until at the altar, in recent years the first look has become very popular to share a little moment alone, away from all the hustle and bustle of the wedding.
Your wedding should be a reflection of your and your partner's personality, so if you're looking to do a fun and unique first look, here are some good alternatives.
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Hold Hands Without Fully Seeing Each Other
If you prefer the first time you see each other to be when you're walking down the aisle, then this idea will work for you.
You can still have an intimate moment before the ceremony, while still saving that special first look for the ceremony. You can hold hands with your backs turned or on different sides of a wall or door. Feeling the warmth of the other's hand will be a form of connection that'll fill you with energy and comfort before it's time for the big event.
While holding hands, share some encouraging words with your partner or say a prayer for the new stage that you're about to start together. It'll be an emotional and powerful moment that you'll never forget.
Give Each Other a Symbolic Gift
Normally, the bride and groom don't give each other gifts at their wedding, rather they receive them from their guests and loved ones.
But to change things up a bit, in your first look, you can give each other a symbolic gift! It can be something that means a lot to you, like an award or medal that you received and that fills you with pride, or perhaps a painting that you made or an object that you've kept since childhood. Whatever it is, it should be seen that the gift holds great value to you, which you now want to pass into the hands of your partner.
Giving each other a symbolic gift will be one more way to express your love and let them know how important you are to each other.
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Enjoy a First Song Together
By this point in your relationship, you probably already have one or two favorite songs as a couple. You can make your first look even more special if you enjoy a song together, one that you feel is yours and as if they wrote it just for you. Without anyone else there. Just the two of you.
If you want to surprise your partner, you can sing or play that song yourself or one that you've written for them. Expressing love through music is always a romantic idea.
First Look With Your Eyes Closed
Another alternative if you'd rather keep the surprise of your partner seeing you in your wedding dress until the ceremony, is to do a first look with your eyes closed, only listening to each other's voices and feeling each other's warmth.
You can hug each other, give each other tender kisses on the face, feel the warmth of their breathing, feel the texture of their clothes, caress their skin... All with your eyes closed or while blindfolded. A beautiful way to connect through touch, the aromas, and the sounds of one other.
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Have a Drink Together to Calm Your Nerves
Start the party off by having a drink together before the ceremony. This is a great way to enjoy your favorite drink while helping keep the wedding jitters at bay.
Toast to your love and to the amazing party that awaits you with your friends and loved ones!
Prank Your Partner
If humor has always been present in your relationship, it can be very funny to keep that in your first look.
One idea is that when your partner turns to see you for the first time in your wedding dress, instead they'll find your pet or a friend or family member wearing a wedding dress. We assure you that they'll double over with laughter!
As you can see, there are so many alternatives that you can choose from so that your first look is unique and matches your personality. The most important thing here is that you and your partner spend an intimate moment before the ceremony together, where you can fill one another with comfort and tell the other how much love you have for them and how excited you are for the big day that awaits you.
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