First Look or First Touch

If you're planning a wedding, you've probably heard of the "First Look" that has been all the buzz the past few years.  If not, the "First Look" is when the bride and groom decide to meet before the ceremony and see each other for the first time.  There are several advantages to doing a "First Look".  Not only does this moment make for beautiful pictures, but it gives the couple the opportunity to embrace each other and allow their emotions to calm before walking down the aisle.  Also, since the wedding day will move so swiftly, this is a good time for the couple to have some alone time before things get busy.

As an alternative, couples are now engaging in the "First Touch", which allows them to spend time together without actually seeing each other.  The bride and groom will typically meet at a corner with their backs to each other and hold hands.  Some couples will choose to pray together, or read hand written letters to each other.  The "First Touch" allows the groom to spend time with his bride, but he can still look forward to being surprised by her when she comes down the aisle.  

I'm a fan of either option.  As a planner I look forward to seeing the look on the groom's face when he sees his bride for the first time.  It's one of the many joys of my job.  So what say you?  "First Look" or "First Touch"?  Let me know in the comments below.

Happy Planning!
Raven J.