The First Look

September 29, 2016  •  2 Comments

Calgary Wedding Photographer: Wedding Traditions Blog Series

There are so many traditions associated with weddings that it can be overwhelming! With input from Mom, Dad, aunts, uncles and grandparents you might start thinking that you are going to need two full days to get it all in and twice your wedding budget!

This can be especially hard for younger brides and grooms who haven't been to as many weddings to see what some of these traditions look like in practice.

I am here to tell you that while traditions are a big part of almost every wedding day not every tradition is for every couple so don't feel like your day will be ruined if you decide to change or just skip some of these traditions.

I'm not talking about traditions of different cultures or families, but all of the things that can seem expected at a western style wedding in Canada.

The First Look on your Wedding Day

This can make for a really special moment when you and your soon to be husband or wife see each other for the first time all done up. This is a really important moment for some people on their wedding day and makes for great photos, but if you have to compromise the schedule of your whole day just to accommodate this one moment there are other options to consider.

Doing a first look where it is just the two of you with your photographer or just the two of your with your family can be an even more intimate moment where you see each other for the first time on your wedding day. This will also make for great photos as you can choose the location and angles more easily. Also this allows for photos to be taken before the ceremony allowing for you to head straight from the ceremony into cocktail hour and the reception! This helps to avoid the dreaded two or three hour gap that can sometimes frustrate guests.

However this only works with some venues and couples and there are many ways to entertain your guests during that time so either way is a great choice just don't feel like you don't have a say in the matter.

Here are some pros and cons of having your first look done the traditional way at the wedding ceremony.


There is a single moment where everyone is there and sees the bride in her dress for the first time

Can make for a very emotional and beautiful ceremony

Honours a long standing tradition



Depending on your venue it can make for a weird schedule to maintain this one moment

For more private people seeing each other for the first time in front of all their guests can be intimidating

Guests trying to take photos can get in the way between the couple


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The Nogues
Thanks Lisa! That's so nice of you to say!
Lisa Jacques(non-registered)
Awesome blog Brendan!!! Your photos are awesome! You've done well for yourself in the photography industry!
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