My friends Jamie & Sean Saunders' Big Reveal
Tradition speaks that it is bad luck for a groom to see the bride before the ceremony. I believe this superstition comes from a time of arranged marriages. The bad luck probably equates to cold feet. Imagine catching a peek of your portly and pimply groom right before the wedding. It is definitely cause to run off with the stable boy.
The modern couple doesn't have to worry about this superstition. Chances are you've lived together or spent a couple of nights together, so not seeing each other from 8 to 10:30 am on the day of your wedding, isn't going to perserve anything. If you want to hold on to tradition, you certainly should, but a favorite option of mine is the Big Reveal.
Usually the big reveal is a private occassion between the groom and bride and maybe the photographer. The couple gets to see each other for the first time in all of their wedding glory. The couple can also use this moment to exchange gifts, read a favorite Biblical passage, share a favorite memory, or whatever they choose. It's a moment you'll hold dear when recalling the hectic but fun pace of your wedding day. In a traditional reveal, when a groom sees the bride for the first time as she walks down the aisle, he is seeing her along with everyone at the ceremony. The moment can be special, but it can also be muted as it is caught up in the frenzy of the music, your mother's loud crying and grumbling stomach of your best man. In the big reveal, you can share a quiet moment together, before getting caught in the revelry. It's a nice option. One of the biggest complaiants from couples is that they didn't get to spend time together alone at their wedding because they were busy entertaining everyone else. This issue is definitely resolved by choosing to do the big reveal.
8.27.2009 | Posted by Tami Sawyer at 9:10 AM |