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The First Reveal

You may be asking yourself is, what is a first reveal?

It is when you have your ceremony and reception at the same location and want to see each other before getting your photos finished before your ceremony.

Why do people do this?

If you and your future spouse decide to not do a first reveal, you may end up using your cocktail hour time to take all of your family photos, bridal party photos, and photos of you and your husband. This could mean your bridal party and all of your family miss almost all of the cocktail hour. 

Pros of a First Reveal 


When you do a first reveal, you can set your wedding day's timeline, so you do not have to rush or feel rushed.

2) Better wedding photos

If you give your photographer more time, you will get better pictures. It is just that simple. You can set the amount of time we get to photograph the bridal party photos, family photos, and couples photos. We can take our time, set up proper lighting, look for different and unique angles, and have fun. You get a better product, and you're less stressed.

3) Your family and bridal party get to enjoy the cocktail hour

The best food at any wedding is at the cocktail hour. Doing a first reveal ensures that your photos will be completed before your ceremony, and you and your loved ones will be able to go straight from the ceremony to the cocktail hour and enjoy your evening.


Cons of a first reveal 

1) You lose A traditional element

As tradition dictates, the groom sees his bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle toward him. Couples who decide on a first reveal do not see each other in their wedding attire for the first time at the altar. 

2) You have to start your day earlier

A first reveal will require the bride, groom, and everyone involved in their wedding to start their day earlier in order to accommodate the preparations for the photoshoot to take place.

3) You may incur additional expenses

If the location you and your future spouse have chosen for the first reveal photoshoot requires a special permit, you may need to pay an additional fee, alongside the rest of your wedding expenses. 

Lotus Weddings

Written by Lotus Weddings