How to Plan Your First Look | Planning For Destination Weddings

Mar 28, 2023

A Few helpful tips to keep in mind when planning your first look…

Looking to plan a perfect first look for your destination wedding? Read on to discover some useful tips and tricks for ensuring that your guests won’t see the bride before the ceremony. From organizing the location and timing to enlisting the help of your maid of honor and best man, our guide will help make your first look a memorable and private experience.

Are you planning a destination wedding and want to ensure that the first look is a private and special moment for you and your partner? Here are some useful tips and tricks for organizing the perfect first look:

  1. Choose a private location for the first look, away from the resort’s main areas, and ensure that the photographer and videographer know the exact location.
  2. Time the first look to coincide with when your guests are occupied with other activities, such as during cocktail hour or a group excursion.
  3. Consider having your maid of honor and best man assist in lining up the couple and ensuring that guests don’t accidentally stumble upon the first look location.
  4. If possible, use natural barriers such as trees, walls, or buildings to create a secluded area for the first look.
  5. Communicate with your destination wedding photographer and videographer in advance to ensure they are aware of the first look plan and can capture the moment perfectly.
  6. Have a backup plan in case of inclement weather, such as an indoor location or alternative timing.
  7. Coordinate with the wedding planner and resort staff to ensure that the first look area is set up to your liking and that guests are directed away from the area.
  8. Consider adding personal touches to the first look location, such as flowers, candles, or special decor.
  9. Take the opportunity to exchange personal notes or gifts during the first look to make the moment even more meaningful.
  10. Remember to breathe and enjoy the moment, knowing that you have taken the necessary steps to make it a private and memorable experience.

Planning a first look for your destination wedding requires careful consideration and coordination with your photographer, videographer, and wedding planner. By choosing a private location, enlisting the help of your maid of honor and best man, and adding personal touches to the area, you can ensure that your first look is a magical and intimate moment.



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