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First Look or Not: Deciding When to Take Wedding Photos


Deciding whether to have a first look or not before your wedding ceremony is a personal choice. At SpringHaus Farm, we support and encourage whatever you decide. Here are some considerations to help you make the best choice for your special day.


First Look: Pros and Cons


Pros:

- Private Moment: A first look offers a private moment for you and your partner to share your emotions before the ceremony.

- Less Nerves: Seeing each other beforehand can help calm pre-ceremony jitters.

- More Time for Photos: Taking photos before the ceremony allows you to enjoy more time with your guests afterward.


Cons:

- Tradition: If you value tradition, you might prefer seeing each other for the first time at the altar.

- Timing: A first look means starting your day earlier to ensure there’s enough time for photos.



Photos After the Ceremony: Pros and Cons


Pros:

- Traditional Experience: Seeing each other for the first time at the altar can be a powerful, emotional experience.

- Fresh Look: You’ll be at your freshest, with makeup and attire perfectly intact.


Cons:


- Time Crunch: Post-ceremony photos can be rushed if you’re eager to join your guests.

- Guest Waiting Time: Your guests will need to be entertained while you’re away taking pictures.




Regardless of your decision, your photographer should know all your wishes in advance. Find a photographer that has the same values and vision! Everwood Photos is a great start!


Whether you choose to take photos before or after the ceremony, ensuring your guests have a pleasant experience is key. Here are some ideas:


Provide Appetizers and Finger Foods (Crumbs & Yums Catering)


While you're off taking photos, keep your guests entertained and satisfied with a selection of appetizers and finger foods.


Consider the following options:

- Mini Sandwiches: Easy to eat and universally liked.

- Fruit and Cheese Platters: A fresh and elegant choice.

- Vegetable Crudités: Healthy and colorful.

- Canapés and Hors d'oeuvres: Bite-sized and sophisticated.



Entertainment Options


Beyond food, providing some form of entertainment can keep your guests engaged:

- Live Music: A string quartet or acoustic guitarist can create a lovely ambiance.

- Games: Lawn games like cornhole or giant Jenga can be fun and interactive.

- Photo Booth: A photo booth with props can entertain guests and provide keepsakes.


Comfortable Seating Areas


Set up cozy seating areas where guests can relax, chat, and enjoy their appetizers. Adding some stylish decor, such as floral arrangements or lanterns, can enhance the atmosphere.



At SpringHaus Farm, we are dedicated to making your wedding day comfortable for you and your guests, whether you choose to have a first look or not. By providing appetizers, entertainment, and comfortable seating for your guests, you can ensure that everyone enjoys the time while you capture those cherished moments in your wedding photos. Ultimately, the best choice is the one that feels right for you and your partner.



In love & friendship,

~Ginger

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