Let’s talk about first looks! If you and your honey are still up in the air about whether or not to have a first look, have no fear. I’ve put together a sweet little list of 3 Alternatives to a First Look. As a full-time wedding photographer, I have seen my fair share of first looks, traditional “first looks” in the ceremony, and everything in between. Whatever you decide, my biggest piece of advice is to do what feels right for you. Lets’ get into it!

1. Private vows

One of my favorites! If you are nervous about spilling your heart in front of hundreds of your family and friends, this can be a great, intimate option for you two. You can stand back-to-back or face each other while holding hands and speak from the heart. When it comes to the ceremony, you can say a variation of your private vows, or say traditional vows; whatever feels most comfortable!

2. First touch

I love this option! You and your spouse can stand back-to-back, or around a door/corner from each other and simply hold hands and talk. If you choose to not have a first look, you most likely won’t see or talk to your spouse until the ceremony. A first touch can help calm some nerves and give you a few moments of peace and quiet together before jumping into the rest of your day. Such a sweet alternative.

3. Private letters

If you want everyone (including your photographer) to sob on your wedding day, write letters to each other before the ceremony and read them privately. This allows you to step away from chaos the morning of your wedding day and take a deep breath with your person. This is intimate like the vow option, but often includes more inside jokes and can be a real tear-jerker.

There we have it, friend! 3 Alternatives to a First Look. Once again, do what feels right for you and your honey! If you’re also in the market for some Wedding Day Exit Tips, click here. As always, be sure to follow me over on Instagram (@morganelizabethphotos) for behind-the-scenes and even more Wedding Tips


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Of all the days it is most important to be on your A-game, your wedding day takes the cake. As a bride, you have 14,830,239 crossing your mind leading up to “I Do”. That is why I have created the perfect list for you to put together a Wedding Day Survival Kit for your special day.

I am a planner. Now, believe me… that doesn’t mean things always go to plan, but at least I am prepared for when they don’t!

As a full-time wedding photographer (and recent bride) in the Twin Cities, Minnesota area, I have seen my fair share of crises uprise when a bride realizes she spilled something on her dress, has an unruly curl in her hair, or suddenly is pained with hunger.

Having a survival kit at your disposal makes for a much smoother, more relaxing day for you to focus on getting married to your best friend and enjoying the most important day of your life. 

Wedding Day Survival Kit

  • A beautiful bag to hold your essentials
  • Deodorant 
  • Small sewing kit
  • Tide-to-Go
  • Floss picks
  • Manicure kit
  • Scissors
  • Mouth wash 
  • Cough drops
  • Earring backs
  • Hair ties
  • Hand sanitizer/Wet Wipes
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairspray
  • Bandaids
  • Q-Tips
  • Tissues
  • Chapstick
  • Oil blotting sheets
  • Ibuprofen/Advil
  • Tums 
  • Eye drops
  • Fashion tape
  • Super glue
  • Eyelash glue
  • Safety pins
  • Granola bar(s), nuts, fruit, etc.

I’m not lying when I say I could make this list a mile long. As the bride, make sure to get your kit in order way before your big day. You know YOU best; if there’s something you absolutely know you can’t live without – add it in. 

Drop me a comment below and let me know what else you plan to add to your survival kit. Sending you all the peace and good vibes for your wedding day.

Happy planning, love!

Xx, Morgan

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