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New Trend: The Parents' First Look


While the modern tradition of a Bride and Groom sharing a First Look before their ceremony continues to grow, it seems First Looks aren't just for the couple anymore. These days, the Bride sharing a special reveal moment with her parents is becoming just as popular.


Once the bride has completed her finishing touches -- dress, shoes, jewelry and one final sweep of the hair and makeup, she then takes a special moment to meet her parents for the first time dressed as a bride.


These photos are often filled with tons of emotion from the parents, after all, it signifies the starting point of giving their baby girl away.


So if you plan to do a Parents' First Look, here are a few important things to keep in mind to make sure things go off without a hitch:

  • Make sure you leave enough time in your Wedding Day preparations to do a First Look with your parents. Give yourself at least 15 minutes, because if tears are shed, you'll want time to do touch-ups.
  • Pick a location that will give you privacy for this special moment. To save time, consider the room where you are getting ready for the day so you don't have to worry about traveling anywhere.
  • Make sure you give your photographer a head's up that you'd like to do a Parents' First Look. Your photographer will appreciate being able to plan for this moment ahead of time to ensure he/she is standing in the best location with the best light for the big reveal.
  • Parents' First Looks aren't just limited to the Bride. They can be done with the Groom and his parents as well. Mom and Dad would love to see their son before he walks down the aisle, it may also be a good time for Mom to pin the boutonnière on her son as well. Just remember all the pointers above!

Did you do a Parents' First Look? What was your experience like?


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About me: I am a former BDW Bride AKA as MarieSam and was addicted to this forum as I planned my own wedding in 2009. Since 2010, I have been the proud owner of MarieSam Sanchez Photography -- a husband and wife photography team based in Southern California and documenting love all over the world.

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Aww. I love this idea so much. Definitely going to be doing a first look with my parents.


So glad you like the idea! As a photographer, these are seriously some of my favorite moments :) Make sure to share your photos here on the forum, would love to see how they turn out!!! ;)

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