Have you considered doing a First Look on your Maui wedding day? During the planning process this question will definitely come up, and whether or not you choose to do a first look is completely up to you. This is your big day and the decision should be all your own. However, from our experience in planning hundreds of Maui weddings, with and without first looks, we have lots of advice to help make your decision a little easier.
What is a first look?
A first look is an intimate moment between the bride and groom, set up in a private location, to see each other for the first time on your wedding day. Unlike walking down the aisle, when all eyes will be on you. This moment allows an opportunity to express everything that you want to say to each other, without any distractions. It also might be the only time during the big day that you are truly alone until the end of the night.
What about tradition?
Though tradition dictates that the bride and groom should not see each other until the ceremony, many couples choose to forgo that tradition and create this moment for themselves. This tradition actually came from the time of arranged marriages. The bride and groom had never met, and marriages were a business deal between the families. The father of the brides feared that if the groom saw the bride before the wedding, and wasn’t attracted to her, the wedding would be off. Not one of the most romantic of traditions.
What are the benefits first look?
One of the benefits of doing a first look on your wedding day is that it helps to calm any nerves that you may be feeling. You will both undoubtedly be filled with anticipation, excitement and nervousness before your big walk down the aisle. The groom has even more pressure on him as all eyes will be watching for his reaction when he sees you for the first time. So being able to see each other before the ceremony, in private, can be incredibly calming for you both. Which in turn allows you to be relaxed and fully take in every moment of the rest of the day.
Another benefit to a fist look is that it will allow more time for romantic portraits of just the two of you. You will have this amazing moment documented forever, be able to relive the emotion, the smiles, the love, forever. Without the minister in the photos, without your guests holding up their cell phones and iPads in the shots. Just the pure love between the two of you.
Lastly, it allows you more time to be present with your family and friends after your ceremony. You will be able to attend and enjoy your cocktail hour, to mingle and celebrate with the people that traveled all the way to Maui to be with you on your big day.
Your Maui wedding day is going to feel like a whirlwind, so it’s important to create some one-on-one time just for yourselves. Whether it’s a First Look or taking some time alone together before your reception begins, being able to have a moment alone together to take everything in is something that you will be glad that you did!
Planning: Platinum Weddings Maui
Photography: Dmitri and Sandra Photography
Venue: Olowalu Plantation House