Can I let you in on a secret? Even as a full-time wedding and couples’ photographer, my husband I struggled to find the perfect song for our first dance. 😅 If you’re like Bradyn and me, music plays such a a special part in a relationship. So if you’re at the stage in wedding planning where you’re searching for the perfect tune to slow dance to with your honey… I gotchu. I created an entire playlist of songs for your first dance, just for you!!

Before you dive into the playlist, I want to encourage you to search for a song that really reflects your relationship. Music is one of those things that has the ability to bring us right back to a moment… So make sure that the song you choose does just that. After all, in years to come, you’ll listen to your song and be brought back to your wedding day, surrounded by all of your favorite people.

Pop open a bottle of your favorite beverage, cozy up on the couch (or practice your dance moves), and turn on this FIRST DANCE PLAYLIST 🎶 full of the perfect songs for your first dance 🥂

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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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Morgan

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I am a huge fan of a classic wedding day exit. I’m talking sparklers, confetti, bubbles, streamers… you name it! Not only does the couple get to cherish the images of such a joyful time, the guests get to truly be a part of the moment. As a full-time intimate wedding and elopement photographer (and recent bride!), I have learned a ton of Wedding Day Tips & Tricks that need to be shared!

I’m going to keep this one short and sweet, so here we go!

3 Wedding Day Exit Tips & Tricks

1. FAUX EXIT

One of my favorite wedding “hacks” is encouraging my couples to do a faux exit. This is when your DJ pauses the dancing during your reception and makes an announcement for guests to go outside, to whatever location you’re having your exit at. You do your “exit”, get the cutest photos, and then go back inside to continue partying with your guests. Pretty cool, right?

Faux exits are a great option for many reasons – Not only does this option save you money because you’re not paying your photographer for extra coverage, but you are able to spend more quality time with your guests too. Plus, having a traditional exit can be stressful because you are celebrating, then frantically trying to pack your things, load your car, saying your goodbyes AND doing an exit all at once. In my opinion, a faux exit is the way to go!

2. SPARKLER EXIT TIP

One of my favorite wedding day exits as a photographer – SPARKLERS. If you are planning on having a sparker exit, this tip is a MUST KNOW for you and could save your entire exit. Before the day of your wedding, make sure you light at least one sparkler. Here’s why:

Believe it or not, it is quite common for sparklers to not light with a traditional lighter (or at all). This problem is very common and occurs more often than you would expect. In fact, I ran into this problem with the sparklers I purchased for my wedding too. Depending on the brand of your sparkler, they may need some extra “oomph”. I would suggest having more lighters than you anticipate (10 is a good place to start!), or better yet – having 1-2 adults with torches. You can thank me later 😏

3. TAKE YOUR TIME

I get it – you are hyped up on adrenaline and you are going to want to SPRINT through your exit. But, here’s my encouragement to you – soak it up! Go through your exit slowly and intentionally. Look around and soak up the love and joy surrounding you and your SPOUSE. And hey, don’t be afraid to go back through again – whether you want to dip in the middle for a romantic photo, or frolic through with the widest smiles… cherish that moment, babe. 

What’s your favorite wedding day exit? Share some ideas in the comments below! As always, let’s be friends on the gram (@morganelizabethphotos). 

Xx, Morgan

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