5 alternative first look ideas to have for your wedding




Maybe you’re intrigued by the idea of having first look wedding pictures taken, but you can’t shake the picture of the traditional grand entrance—or maybe you just don’t want to wake up earlier than you have to or risk the elements (understood). Did you know you could have the best of both worlds? Yes, alternative to first look photos exist!

Do a last look

Last look? Say what? This can be an option if your photographer also happens to be at your rehearsal dinner so he or she can capture the last words, glances, and embraces that the bride-to-be and groom-to-be have with each other on their last day of being unwed.

Do a first look with someone else

You can avoid “bad luck” and the superstition of the groom seeing the bride in her dress or on the wedding day but letting someone else see you first in all of your bridal glory. Some of the most touching moments occur when a parent sees his or her daughter (or son, for that matter) in their wedding attire for the first time. You could also surprise a grandparent or your siblings, too—whoever you feel close to that you’d like a little time with before the ceremony.

Hold hands

You can be together without actually seeing each other, and one popular way to do this is to hold hands through a doorway, around walls, bookcases, shelves, or other corner spaces, or even around a staircase (depending on its design). This is especially nice for more religious or spiritual brides and grooms who want to share a moment of prayer together prior to the ceremony.

Back to back

This is similar to the hand holding we just mentioned, but you’re back to back with each other instead of having some kind of partition between you. This involves some logistical planning ahead of time.


There are a few ways to navigate this first look alternative. One possible scenario is that the groom’s buddies blindfold him and the bridesmaids bring him to the bride; another possible scenario is that the bride and groom are each blindfolded and brought to each other beforehand in their getting-ready clothes (not their ceremony attired). Just do a test run with the blindfold you’re using to make sure you can’t sneak a peek through the fabric—that would totally ruin the anticipation and surprise and fun of the moment, not to mention bring bad luck (if you believe in the superstition, that is).