Not really, I brought my XI char directly into XIV. XD But yeah, if you aren't sure what you want, you can be in there for weeks (but presumably that's a good thing so you're at least a little more likely to be "unique" compared to XI where there were only 128 different faces (and then the few height options)).
As long as you have some idea in your head (even if you can't put it down in writing before you start, just something where "you'll know it when you see it") and have a race in mind then it's probably not too daunting a task to create a character. But if you really aren't sure, the sheer plethora of options can be overwhelming I'm sure. ^^;
FFXI: Triane [Caitsith], Retired DRK75, THF75, RDM71
FFXIV: Triane Rhiga
[Besaid] Pugilist, Marauder, Fisher