One of the biggest decisions I see wedding couples facing when it comes to their wedding timeline, is whether or not to see each other before their ceremonies. These days, there isn't a right or wrong way to organize your wedding day, it's all about what's right for you! Here are a few ideas I've come across in my career, and I've loved them all!
Getting Ready Together
It may be untraditional, but getting ready together can be SUCH an intimate way to connect with each other before the shitshow thats about to ensue. It's a perfect way for those couples who want a more low-key day. What's important here is to do what speaks to you. If the wedding morning entourage seems overwhelming, choose to do something entirely different! It's your wedding day!
See Each Other Without "Seeing" Each Other
Maybe you'd love for the first time your partner sees you to be on your slow walk down the aisle, but you'd like to hear your partner's voice to calm your nerves a bit before you do. This is a great way to do that. Whether it's a hand hold around a corner, talking to each other through a door, or on a staircase, it's a great way to connect without messing with that traditional walk down the aisle surprise.
Read Vows at Your First Look
One of my biggest regrets from my own wedding is not writing my own vows. A large part of that is being an enormous chickenshit about sharing my feelings in front of everyone I know. If I could go back, I would have 100% had us reading vows at our first look. Something about hearing your own words, in lieu of lines pre-written for you, just makes the experience so much more personal. Another plus- you don't have to talk about squeezing each others butts in front of your grandmother.