wedding video coverage

What is a First Look and Should You Do One?

Being in the wedding video industry, the term “first look” is a term that is used often so it is easy to think that term is common knowledge. However, for plenty of couples, planning their wedding, they may not have ever even heard of it! So I wanted to quickly address the question of “what is a first look?”

What Is a First Look?

The short answer is, when the groom first sees his bride, prior to the ceremony. This is usually done with the groom’s back turned, while the bride approaches. As she taps him on the shoulder, he turns and voilà, he seems her, in all her beauty for the first time!

You may wonder why some couples choose to do a first look. There are a couple main reasons. One of which, is that they prefer to experience that first reveal privately and intimately, without a whole church of people joining it. Having it privately gives you the opportunity to take as long or as little as you would like to enjoy that moment which whomever you do or don’t want to be there. Another reason is for scheduling. By doing your first look, which happens earlier in the day, gives you more time to take photos at different locations without being on a tight schedule.

Should You Do a First Look?

If you are on the private side and want to experience that moment intimately, a first look would be a great choice. However, if you prefer for the more traditional and natural experience of the groom seeing his bride for the first time walking down the aisle, then go for it!

If your ceremony and reception (cocktail hour) are back-to-back, I would also suggest a first look. This way, you can schedule your bridal portraits, f bridal party photos to all be taken prior to the ceremony so you don’t have to worry about squeezing them into cocktail hour. This will also give you the time to enjoy what just happened (YOU GOT MARRIED) without having to take dozens of photos.

First Look Wedding Video Coverage

Either way, whether you do a first look or not, your wedding videographer will be there to capture the groom’s first sight of his lovely bride-to-be! Have additional questions? Feel free to inquire about video coverage or get a quote for your wedding video!

Capturing Your Wedding Day from Afar

It is our goal as wedding videographers to capture your wedding day, while not being apart of your wedding day. We understand that your wedding is an intimate occasion with your closest friends and family, and we do our best to capture that while not interrupting. Our video and sound equipment make this very possible.

A zoom camera lens is very capable of capturing moments from across the room without the need to be in the middle of it. This can be very useful throughout the day, including preparations, first look, ceremony, speeches, first dances and open dance floor.



All cameras are very good in low-light. So while at times, like speeches when an external LED light may be needed, the majority of coverage throughout the day and even evening, will call for little to no external constant lighting.

Sound is another key factor that can be captured from afar. External recording devices are used on the groom in order to record the intimate moments during ceremony, including the vows and ring exchange. During speeches, these devices are generally able to connect right to DJ booth in order to capture all of those best man jokes, direct from the microphone.

One of the most common comments I receive from customers is the fact that we capture so much, without the bride and groom even realizing it. So on your wedding day, you can be assured your videographer will be at all the right places in order to capture all those natural moments that make your wedding video something to remember!

4 Reasons to Get a Wedding Videographer

A lot of couple teeter on the idea of getting a video for a wedding. Whether it’s a question of budget, need or desire, some newlyweds let the day go by without wedding videography. Don’t let this happen to you.

Check out some reasons we believe that a wedding video is a must have!

  1. Once in a Lifetime Celebration: You spend months, sometimes years planning your wedding. You have every detail picked out from the menu to the venue, colors, songs, guests…. the list is endless! This perfectly planned should not only last a day! You should have the opportunity to relive this day, over and over and over again! Don’t let it pass in the blink of an eye without the opportunity to experience it all over again! The funny moments, sad moments and even the moments that you may have missed is all yours, with a wedding video!

  2. See What you may Have Missed: So many people, so little time! It’s impossible to celebrate your wedding day with every one of your guests. You’re lucky if you are able to say hi or exchange a hug with each guest. But the truth is, they are celebrating your big day, whether you are with them or not! This day is all about you, and a wedding video will be able to show you how each of your guests celebrated, cried, danced when you weren’t there to see it! With multiple cameras, our wedding videographers can cover multiple angles, during the ceremony, first dances, speeches and more, so all the important moments are captured!

  3. Sound:If pictures say a thousand words, how many can a video say? Wedding photography is a crucial part of a wedding day…. and so is a video! While pictures are amazing, they don’t certain parts of your wedding justice. All newlyweds should be able to re-watch and re-listen to those sacred vows that make you husband and wife! Your maid-of-honor and best man spend weeks preparing their big speech. A wedding video, captures every word of that.

  4. Share with Friends and Family: As much as you’d like, not everyone is going to be able to attend your wedding.We’d like to have all out friends, distant relatives, co-workers, and more be there but we can’t! That doesn’t mean that can’t watch it! Email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat…. The list goes on and on of places where you can share your beautifully edited wedding video so everyone can take part in the celebration, over and over, whether they were there or not! Don’t you want your kids to be able to watch the day their parents got married! We can make that happen!

The reasons are never-ending! So if you are unsure if a wedding video is a good fit for you or within your budget, let’s talk and let I Do Video help answer those questions for you! Don’t let your day go by without considering a local wedding videographer.