5 Tips To Planning A First Look For Your Wedding or Elopement

Where to start for your Paris wedding or elopement first look?

The Essential :

  • Plan ahead and allocate enough time for the first look, travel, set up, and photography.
  • Pick a unique destination that matches your preferences and makes your first look unforgettable.
  • Communication is key – keep everyone informed of your timeline, expectations and vision for your elopement.
  • Exchange words of appreciation or a symbolic gift during the first look to express your love.
  • Enjoy every moment of your elopement and cherish the intimacy of the first look.

As of late, couples from far and wide have been choosing to elope, rather than having a grand, conventional wedding. Whether it’s for the intimate setting or the event’s spontaneity, elopements carry a distinct charm that traditional nuptials, unfortunately, lack. As a Paris wedding celebrant, I have witnessed this time and time again. In addition, having a first look before the ceremony is exhilarating and incredibly emotional. For those unfamiliar with the term, it’s a private moment where you get to see your soon-to-be spouse for the first time, allowing you to savour every moment before you start a new life chapter together. This ultimately brings me here today – I want to provide you with a few tips for planning the ideal first look for your elopement. 

Plan Accordingly

One of the most important aspects of planning a first look is giving yourself enough time. You want to capture a timeless moment without feeling rushed and stressed out. Therefore, you must establish a clear timeline, including travelling to your destination, setting up, and letting your wedding photographer do their magic. Most importantly, factor in the time for capturing this intimate affair. In simple terms, just remember to plan and leave plenty of time, so you can relax and enjoy every moment!

Pick a Destination

The best thing about elopements is that they can happen anywhere! Allow your creativity to run wild when picking out a destination for your ceremony. For instance, you can never go wrong with a Paris elopement – picture your first look in the city that radiates love at every corner. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it?

Here’s some extra help to choose the best spot to elope in Paris.

Communication Is Key

Communication is probably the most crucial part of planning your first look and your elopement in general. As I’ve mentioned, it’s important to establish a timeline; however, everyone needs to be informed of it – especially your photographer. Additionally, you’ll need to share your vision and expectations for your elopement with your partner in order to curate the perfect ceremony. 

Exchange a Token of Appreciation

Although you’ll be exchanging your vows, and sweet “I do’s”, you should also consider sharing a few delightful words during your first look. Since this event is exclusive to just the two of you, express your love deeply. On the other hand, you can give a symbolic gift to your partner that will seal your elopement with a heartfelt sentiment.

Enjoy Your Time!

Take a deep breath, savour the moment, and enjoy quality alone time with your loved one. Even though your elopement is exclusive, the intimacy of a first look is unparalleled. With that said, you’re bound for an unforgettable experience – take delight in every second of it!

The first time you’re going to see your soon-to-be spouse will create an everlasting memory – with these tips, you’re in for an experience of a lifetime!

The first look will further make your Paris elopement or wedding ceremony a divine event, and as a Paris wedding officiant, I can greatly assist! Read the rest of my blogs and inquire about my services.

redits : Laura Zorman Photography

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