One ancient wedding superstition has it that it is bad luck if the Groom sees the bride in her wedding dress before the wedding. This superstition dates back to the time of arranged marriages. People believed that if the bride and groom saw each other before the ceremony, it would give them the opportunity to change their minds about the wedding.
Many couples are continuing to follow this tradition of not seeing each other before the wedding ceremony. If they are a traditional couple, they may wish to include long held wedding customs into their special day. Another reason to keep this tradition is to be able to experiece the magic as the groom sees his beautiful bride for the first time as she is about to walk down the aisle.
But of course many couples are also throwing away this tradition. Some couples use the time before the ceremony to have their photo opportunity, particularly as they are freshly made up. It has become a growing trend to capture the "first look". A very practical reason to have photos down together before the wedding is so that the couple can go straight on to celebrating and enjoying their cocktail hour or wedding reception with their family and friends, and not have to miss this in order to have their photographs taken.
There are benefits with both choices of either seeing each other before the wedding ceremony, or staying apart. Talk about it together to decide on what works best for you.