One major decision that affects your wedding day timeline is whether you will be having first look or not. You can't go wrong either way as there's no right answer, but it's an important detail to determining how the big day will go. Wondering if having a first look is right for you? Take a look at the following pros and cons to help weigh your options on what to do.
Pro: Traditionally, it was considered bad luck for the groom to see his bride on the wedding day prior to the ceremony. This had a lot to do with arranged marriages and the hope that - if the groom didn't see the bride until the ceremony - he would have less reasons to reconsider the marriage. If you are looking to break this tradition, a first look can allow for a wonderful moment prior to the ceremony with your best friend.
Con: If you love traditions and are dead set on having an alter moment, then stick with seeing each other when walking down the aisle because you won't necessarily get the same reaction if you see each other beforehand.
Pro: A first look can have the ability to free up time you might not have had otherwise. This would give you the opportunity to have extra time for additional photos, enjoy your cocktail hour, and can create a more relaxed day for yourselves.
Con: If you're a fan of beauty sleep, having a first look will force you to get ready for the day much earlier. In addition, since you will be ready earlier, you'll likely take the photos during the middle of the day when the lighting is harsher for the photographer.
Pro: As you will likely not have many private moments during the day, a first look gives the ability to have a private moment together without all of your guests watching. This can also be a great way to calm any nerves you may have and allow for more raw emotion between the two of you.
Con: On the other hand, a first look is still not completely private as the photographer/videographer will still be in your presence and there's also potential for this to affect the emotions you will feel during the aisle walk. All of the anticipation beforehand and leading up to the aisle moment can really make that moment magical.