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First Look Alternatives | Austin, TX Wedding Planners

Trying to decide if you want to do a first look before your wedding ceremony can be a hard decision! We

are here to help! In this blog post we will go over what a first look is as well as some fun alternatives!


A first look is when the couple decides to see each other before the ceremony. This can help calm any

nerves but also allows you to take a ton more photos prior to the ceremony leaving more time to party

afterwards! However, not everyone is a fan so we have put together some other ideas for you!


This is when a couple will typically stand on either side of a door or wall and without seeing each other,

get a chance to hold hands and talk to each other or exchange private vows for a few moments before the ceremony.

Some couples like to write each other a personal note and/or send each other a gift prior to the

ceremony. Get ready for the water works!

*Pro-tip: If you have a videographer, make sure they know this in advance and that they are there when

each of you reads your note, especially with a microphone!


Some couples opt to have a first look with one or both of their parents. It is so sweet to see a parent’s

reaction to their child all dressed up in their wedding attire for the first time! We've also seen first looks with other family members, like younger siblings and kiddos who get to see their mom looking like a real life princess!


Sometimes couples choose to have a first look with their bridesmaids or groomsmen! It is always fun to

see these photos, and everyone's different reactions.


Every now and then we have a creative couple who does something completely unexpected. How would

you react if you thought you were about to have a first look with your future partner and instead you

turn around to a groomsman in a gown or dinosaur costume instead?! We love when our *cheeky* brides surprise their partner with a little booty grab, too!

No matter which route you choose, your wedding day is going to be a wonderful day you’ll never forget!




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