Keep The Surprise: First Look Alternatives

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Image Source: Wedding Forward

We love the images captured during a couple’s first look on their wedding day! But, not everyone wants to ruin the surprise before the ceremony. After all, we also love seeing images of the emotion on a groom’s face when his bride walks down the aisle. But is there a happy medium? You betcha! Today, we’re going to look at our favorite first look alternatives to share a special moment without actually seeing each other before the ceremony.

First Touch

Without seeing each other, find a corridor where you can hold hands and exchange a few words with one another. This gives you the special moment of being able to connect and soothe your nerves before that big walk without breaking the superstition of seeing the bride in her dress! And, your photographer can still capture this sweet moment, which will make for some fun photos to look back on after the fact.

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Image Source: The Knot

Note and Gift Exchange

Most couples choose to exchange notes and/or gifts on their wedding day. This can be combined with a first touch, or it can be a separate event. If you don’t want to risk sneaking a peek, have someone in the wedding party bring the gifts to each of you so that you aren’t in the same area. Share your sweet thoughts with your future spouse and give them some extra reassurance before you say “I do.”

Vow Exchange

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Image Source: Wedding Forward

Does the idea of writing your own vows to recite in front of everyone give you anxiety? We don’t blame you! Instead of throwing the idea out the window completely, consider writing your own personal vows to share with your fiance before the ceremony in private. We swoon just thinking about how romantic this is! What a special way to start the day off -- hearing just how much your person loves you.

Phone Call

If you’re the over-cautious type, opt for a first phone call instead of a first touch! There’s zero chance you’ll catch a glimpse, so no need to stress over that. The whole point of a “first” anything with your future spouse before the ceremony is to connect and share a special, private moment together. A phone call can easily accomplish this!