Homemade Bride – The First Look – Yay or Nay

By: Jamie


I will start off by saying I absolutely love viewing a couples first look photos. That intimate moment when they first see each other and can express their emotions is incredibly beautiful and you can almost feel their love. Being able to spend a few moments alone with your groom before the biggest moment of your lives, and having those pictures to look back on is priceless.

However, I’m not sure if it’s my superstition or tradition, but I want to leave my first look for when I am walking down the aisle. It could even be chalked up to a bit of vanity -which is perfectly healthy in small doses. I want the anticipation to build, I want good luck and I want to wow my husband-to-be with the dramatic opening of the church doors coupled by everyone’s gasps and awes as I make my way down the aisle. Sometimes I think the first look photo shoot can even diminish the moment you walk down the aisle because well, you’ve already seen each other.

You certainly can still have beautiful first look photos if you choose to wait until you walk down the aisle. The key is having a great photographer who is able to focus on you and your groom in that moment.

 I have such a soft spot for seeing a big burly man get all choked up at the sight of a pretty girl so I have picked some of my favorite tear-jerking moments where the groom, in front of family and friends, gets emotional seeing his bride for the first time. Oh the feels!




Tell us your opinion on the first look!

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The Shoe Game – Homemade Bride Magazine – Raleigh, NC

The Shoe Game

Have you ever seen the game show, The Newlywed Game? If you have, I’m sure right now you’re chuckling a bit remembering some of the crazy questions and answers given on the show! Well, couples everywhere have given this their own twist at their wedding receptions.


I saw it for the first time a few years ago while working with a wedding planner. I heard an announcement called over the mic for all the guests to gather around the dance floor where the bride and groom were sitting back to back in chairs with both shoes off. Never seeing this before, I was interested and joined the crowd to watch – being a planner you get a bit nervous about surprises that come up but this was a great one!

As the couple traded shoes the bridesmaids and groomsmen stepped up to read over a list of prepared questions one by one. Based on the question, the couple would raise the shoe of the one it most pertained to!


Some of the funniest moments came when the tricky questions were asked and the bride and groom would raise the opposite shoe – then take a peek behind them and start laughing themselves! This game really is a wonderful addition to any wedding and guests will totally enjoy the comedy!


Take a peek at some of our example questions:

1. Who is the better cook

2. Who is messier around the house

3. Who takes care of the dog/cat more

4. Who has better style

5. Who is better at keeping secrets

6. Who is the better navigator

7. Who is most likely to be running late

8. Who was the first to say “I love you”

9. Who has the larger family

10. Who is the better driver

11. Who is the most talkative

12. Who is smarter

13. Who is more likely to spend more money

14. Who made the first move

15. Who “wears the pants” in the relationship

16. Who has more friends

17. Who is the most handy around the house

18. Who falls asleep on the couch first


These questions may be a bit more toned down but we have no control over what your bridesmaids and groomsmen come up with – so be prepared to laugh as they know both of you best and can dig up some of the good stuff!


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