February 12

Rant or Rave: Seeing the Bride Before the Wedding

Tradition states that it’s bad luck for the bride and groom to see each other before the wedding, but many modern couples actually use the time before the wedding to snap some photos together before their guests even arrive.

Do you still think it’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride before she starts her walk down the aisle? How do you fit in photos without seeing each other before the ceremony? Rant or rave about it!


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4 thoughts on “Rant or Rave: Seeing the Bride Before the Wedding

  1. Kelly Gash

    The “first look” is such a special moment and it’s really fun when it’s before the wedding. My husband and I saw each other before our wedding and I really enjoyed letting all the emotion out in an intimate setting (with our photographer of course!). We are wedding photographers and we love it when our couples decide to have the first look before the wedding! But, there are also some fun photo ops if they don’t see each other. Each couple has to decide what’s right for them and just plan their timing accordingly. We recommend it though–no bad luck!

  2. Talia

    As someone who’s ‘been there, done that’ and had photos taken BEFORE the wedding, I HIGHLY recommend it.

    We got to spend lots of lovely time with our guests instead of having photo taken, but still got more then anough photos taken!

    We’re both Christians, and had a Christian wedding etc. and didn’t have any problem with seeing each other before the wedding- it’s just a superstition. Your marriage is what you make it to be. Enjoy the DAY, not just the formalities. If having photos taken before the wedding suits you, then do it!

  3. Gina

    We don’t think it’s bad luck. We’re one of those couples who will be taking pictures before the wedding. Plus, I’m looking forward to the intimate moment between us (and our photographer!) when we see each other all dressed up and ready to get married!

  4. Whitney

    I hate going to a wedding and waiting for the bride and groom to enter the reception. I have even left a wedding before because we (the guests) waited over 45 minutes for the couple to arrive. That is annoying! Plus, I am a photographer and I prefer to shoot First Sight weddings. Although I will also accept the others, you can just see the stress and frustration when you take pictures after the ceremony. It is way too hectic and by that time the family and bridal party just want to enjoy themselves.


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