First Look vs First Touch on your Wedding Day

When it comes to planning your wedding, one of the first things you’ll need to decide is what kind of ceremony you want. Do you want a traditional first touch ceremony, or a more modern first look? Both have their pros and cons, so it’s important to understand the difference before making a decision.

First Look vs First Touch
photo by Janet Jarchow

First Touch: The Traditional Way

A first touch ceremony is a traditional way to start your wedding day. The bride and groom do not see each other before the ceremony, but they do have a “first touch” moment where they can share a prayer or blessing. This is a more intimate way to start the day, and can be very special for the couple. The First Touch usually will be set up your photographer with the help of your wedding planner or someone from your bridal party. The First Touch happens just before the ceremony usually, with bride and groom fully dressed. It allows the couple a private moment to exchange messages for each other or say a prayer together. Sometime the couples exchanges gifts during this very special wedding moment.

First Look vs First Touch
photo by Janet Jarchow
Should you have a First Look at your wedding
photo by Janet Jarchow

The First Look: The Modern Approach

A first look, on the other hand, is a more modern approach. The bride and groom see each other before the ceremony, usually for photos. This can be a great way to calm nerves and get all the jitters out before the big day. It also allows you to spend more time with your partner before the ceremony. Many times couples actually don’t get to spend a lot of time together on their wedding day as they want to make sure to look after their guests and spend time with them.

Like the First Touch during a First Look many couple exchange letters or gift and may say a prayer together. The big difference though is that they get to see each other and can take some pre-wedding images. If you love the blue Caribbean Sea in your images, doing some pre-wedding images is a great idea, as most wedding ceremony are being schedule close to the sunset. This way you get the blue Caribbean Sea and the lovely Golden Hour look in your images.

First Look vs First Touch
photo by Janet Jarchow

First Look with your Father: Something Different

When you are deciding whether to do a First Touch vs First Look here is another option. Something that we have seen a bit more often recently and absolutely love is a First Look with the bride’s father. It is a very emotional day for all the family members involved. If you are close to your father, it’s a lovely tribute to him.

First Look with Dad
photo by Janet Jarchow
First Look with Father
photo by Janet Jarchow

With everything said, it is a very personal choice for each couple, if they would like to do a First Look vs First Touch. It’s your day and you do whatever you like. You can also discuss it with your wedding planner or photographer and get their input.

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