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Maggnard-Smanta
Devoted July 2022 Quebec

First look or not?

Maggnard-Smanta, on July 5, 2022 at 01:11 Posted in Plan a wedding 0 64
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Hi there,


Wondering if you are doing a first look and why you decided or not to have one. We always wanted to have a first look to have more time after the ceremony to mingle with guests during cocktail hour and get most of the pictures done before the ceremony. I know it鈥檚 non-traditional, but I think we will be happy in the end with our choice. Some people don鈥檛 agree with us in our family but hey! 馃檭 Plus we paid for a jazz band during cocktail no way I鈥檓 missing that!

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Latest activity by Maggnard-Smanta, on August 4, 2022 at 08:09
  • Maggnard-Smanta
    Devoted July 2022 Quebec
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    Good! Keep your dress! You won't regret it!
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  • Patrice
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    Thanks for your insight Smiley heart . Yes, I'm keeping the first look but I have been reconsidering changing my dress- it is starting to feel like too much hassle.

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  • Maggnard-Smanta
    Devoted July 2022 Quebec
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    Yes first looks all the way! Loved that we did this 鈽猴笍
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  • Maggnard-Smanta
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    We did a first look for this and so glad we did! The day goes by so fast! Having as much time for pictures is essential.


    Just make sure you have a lists of shots of extended family and friends you'd like and tell those people to meet you right after ceremony so you don't waste any time!
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  • Maggnard-Smanta
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    The reactions are priceless!
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  • Maggnard-Smanta
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    Keeping traditions are important too 馃槡
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  • Maggnard-Smanta
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    That is cute too! First looks with the bridal party are nice.
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  • Maggnard-Smanta
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    Hi Patrice,
    People will always have something to say. I loved that we did the first look and it didn't take any emotion out of the ceremony at all.

    Keeping your dress would still look amazing! I'm glad I didn't change into another outfit the day of the wedding. I got so many compliments and with all that it costs too it was worth it!
    Good luck!
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  • Maggnard-Smanta
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    They will be!
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  • Maggnard-Smanta
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    Lol I'm sure the pictures were beautiful
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  • Maggnard-Smanta
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    I love this! Breaking traditions and creating new memories! It's actually a nice statement too.
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  • Audrey
    Frequent user July 2022 Ontario
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    We did a first look and I loved it, it gave us a private moment to connect with each other before our ceremony. We also walked down the aisle together, so it facilitated that (I loved that we walked the aisle together... we've lived together for 5 years, and we are partners in life, so why not walk together? I feel like the grooms should get some of the glory on the wedding day too!). We also then had an hour between first look and the ceremony to do photos with the bridal party and our parents.

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  • Julie
    Frequent user May 2023 Ontario
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    Ditto!! at first he didnt want to take any pictures. I was like, um then why are we hiring a photographer???? Smiley sad He soon changed his mind but made it known, no direct facial shots LOL Smiley xd

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  • Rebecca
    Devoted October 2023 Newfoundland and Labrador
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    I swear if I don鈥檛 get some nice pictures I鈥檓 going to scream馃槀
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  • Julie
    Frequent user May 2023 Ontario
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    I so feel you!!! he is exactly the same. We are also not doing a first look. wanted to keep something traditional. fingers crossed we get some great pictures!

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  • Rosemarie
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    We decided on a first look! I love the idea of both of us seeing each other before walking down the isle because it is more intimate and we will be under less "pressure" or "stress" without everyone expecting our reactions Smiley smile
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  • Dessa
    Frequent user September 2023 British Columbia
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    We are doing a first look followed by most of our pictures. While that's happening our guests will he enjoying cocktail hour. Then we will have our ceremony and pictures with family etc. before dinner. Hoping the timeline let's everyone enjoy the day without too much down time between the ceremony and dinner.
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  • Meghan
    Featured September 2022 Ontario
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    My fianc茅 did not want to do a first look and i'm kinda glad that he didn't want to because I want us to equally see our reaction when i'm walking down the aisle. Even my future MIL said she's glad cause she wants to see his reaction as well!

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  • Tunisha
    Featured October 2021 Ontario
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    My hubby did not want to have a first look, because he wanted to see my first walking down the aisle. And I like that, since I like certain certain traditions as well.
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    Nope , we are doing a first look with the groomsmen, and the groom is waiting until I walk down the aisle!
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  • Patrice
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    We decided on a first look and it was not a decision that garnered a lot of support. A lot of the criticisms seemed rather superstitious and were rooted in 'tradition'. That tradition was meant to prevent unwilling brides from running away before marrying their FH- doesn't apply to me.

    My FH and I see each other every day but we opted for a first look to ensure we get to take the photos we wanted while we had time and good lighting. A first look ensures that we get to enjoy the event, have time to eat, mingle with guests, and help FH let out some of his emotions. He has already confessed that he's gonna cry.

    I'm considering getting a second dress though. I don't want him to see my dress before I walk down the aisle.

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  • Maggnard-Smanta
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    Ok good!!!
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  • Derek
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    The closest thing we did to a first look was about a 5 second glimpse of a photo taken at the bridal salon during her dress fitting. Barring that, I am not getting any other looks. At present, her dress is in the shop for alterations so I will not see it again before the wedding (September)!.

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  • Maggnard-Smanta
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    Of course!
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  • Rebecca
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    Ill be happy if he doesnt look rigid in photos since he hates photos so much but that's him and i accept it for what it is, im sure we will have some gorgeous photos though even if we dont have a first look

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  • Maggnard-Smanta
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    Awww I understand. You鈥檒l still be able to have intimate moments. Maybe a sunset shot just you both?
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  • Maggnard-Smanta
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    Yes! More you time
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  • Rebecca
    Devoted October 2023 Newfoundland and Labrador
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    My FH being the traditionalist he is feels its bad luck to see me before the wedding and his first look will be me walking down the aisle.

    it irritates me to no end we will not have those intimate photos but hopefully we will make up for it when we have photos

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  • Malyssa
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    We are doing first looks. Our reasoning is we did want some more private moments along together to get photos. We are also having a bit of a later start to the day (5pm start) so it allows us to get some photos out of the way, so we can jump right into party mode haha

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  • Maggnard-Smanta
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    Makes a lot of sense!
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  • Liberty
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    It worked very well for us! I think it allowed us to be more personal and emotional in our vows cause we weren't worried about what we were saying in front of all our guests


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  • Maggnard-Smanta
    Devoted July 2022 Quebec
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    That is interesting. A nice way of doing it.
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