Pre-wedding photoshoots are a fairly new concept and pretty much every couple likes to have one done before their wedding day. A concept photo shoot, it gives you the chance to live all your filmy dreams - getting decked up in voluminous gowns and posing with your fiancé against a picturesque backdrop. From traveling to Leh to going back to their school where their love story began, couples are making sure that the pictures are either great to look at or have an emotional value attached to them. Pre-wedding photoshoots make for great keepsakes, something you’ll look back and smile at even years later. The pictures are a great way to show the kind of couple you are or narrate your love story. In fact, most photographers offer great deals on the pre-wedding photoshoot if you book a wedding package with them.
Running around trees and playing peek-a-boo with placards is a done to death concept. Why not quirk things up and make your pictures stand out? Worry not! We are here to help you with some amazing ideas for your pre-wedding photos that are not cheesy and yet romantic in their own subtle ways.
Bring out your inner child and let your fave game be the theme of the photoshoot. Whether you’re both into badminton or prefer to solve puzzles together, get together and start playing. Let the photographer capture those sweet, candid moments for you. It’ll be so personal and will totally bring out your vibe.
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You love that idea, don’t you?! Think DDLJ or Jab We Met or any other movie that you both have watched over 10 times! Be it Bollywood or Hollywood, pick your fave movie or one whose storyline resembles your real life. Get the props, outfits and location sorted with your photographer and get clicking!
Capturing the sixties can get a little tricky. However, if done the right way, with the right props, outfits and the perfect black and white background, it will turn out just perfect. Try not to go too over the top and keep it as simple as you can.
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Remember the couple who went around the city and got clicked at all their fave eateries for their pre-wedding shoot? Well, it is a great idea if you too love your weekend binges. Go to your Saturday night bar or indulge in a cake bake-off in your kitchen. Set up a table for two at your friend’s farmhouse or take cocktail lessons at a fancy bar. All this while the photographer captures you both in your favourite environment.
Give it a local feel by shooting inside the city and the common lanes or prime spots just like this couple did. Inspired by the Mumbai local life, this couple decided to shoot at the platform amidst the rush of Mumbai locals. You can try shooting on the rickshaws, bus stops and famous markets to give it a local feel.
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Underwater photoshoots are clearly a thing now. And if you two are water babies, this is just the perfect idea for you. No props needed, let the blue waters and your love do all the talking for you. In fact, how about doing an underwater proposal? Quite adventurous, right?
Why go out when you can use the cosy corners of your house for your pre-wedding shoot! The garden area or your bedroom, intimate wedding shoots are all the rage right now. Opt for casual wear and let the photographer capture you and your bae in your everyday mood.
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Can anything beat a top shot of you and your partner lounging on a cruise sipping on a glass of wine?
We know how badly you want your pet to be a part of your big day. Make him a part of your pre-wedding photo-shoot too. For all you crazy dog and cat lovers, here’s a suggestion - how about you dress up your pets in a pretty outfit and make them wear a placard with your wedding date on it? Does anything get cuter than this?
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The perfect way to tell your would-be husband who's the boss after marriage is this. Get a fun prop, like this couple did and let on our your city's graffiti wall serve as the backdrop. Coordinated clothes and a fun concept, do you need anything else?!
You could coordinate your clothes and pick out the best props, but the pre wedding shoot location is what makes all the difference. While some couples prefer to shoot in the same city, some may want to go beyond the usual and make it a more grand and larger than life affair. And why not? It’s your pre-wedding shoot after all! Here are some of the best pre wedding shoot locations in India where you can consider getting your pre-wedding shoot done. Whether you like to etch your love story in history or you wish to be more playful by the beach, there's something for every type of couple. Check them out:
The first place that pops up in our mind when we think of a classy and royal pre-wedding photoshoot location is this gem which stands tall amidst the city of Jodhpur in Rajasthan. For those who like history and heritage, this palace will get you some of the most stunning shots you could ever imagine. Dress up in gorgeous traditional outfits and make the most of the stunning architecture.
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Next on our list is one of the most popular celebrity wedding destination, Taj Falaknuma Palace. The Nizams were not only known for their food but also their passionate love stories. Carve your own love story amidst the beautiful walls and decor of this palace.
Remember the grand wedding scene of Kalki Koechlin in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani? Well, this is where it was shot! We all have at some point desired to have a wedding location as grand and beautiful as the Oberoi Udaivilas. And if not the wedding venue, how about a beautiful pre-wedding photoshoot here? Perfect location with some great majestic architecture to give you all the Bollywood feels and make your dreamy pre-wedding a reality.
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Fancy lakes more than historic palaces and resorts? Nothing gets better than taking a ride into the backwaters of Kerala and getting clicked in God's own country. With the mesmerizing backdrop of palm trees and lakes, it makes for one of the best destinations for a pre-wedding shoot in India. Get your romantic side out on a boat ride with your partner and get some stunning clicks dipped in romance.
Goa is not just for bachelor parties and honeymoon. The official beach destination of India attracts tourists from all over the world. If you’re looking for a pre-wedding vacation and a pre-wedding shoot all coupled into one, the Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa is the place to be. A fun photoshoot by the beach, hell yeah!
Our list of pre-wedding photoshoot locations will be incomplete without the seventh wonder of the world - Taj Mahal, Agra. An epitome of love, Taj Mahal has played the backdrop for many pre-wedding photos and it still does not look cliche. The beautiful white marbles, the architecture and the widespread lush green lawns provide are all you need for a picture that goes up on a wall behind your bed.
Wish to add a Mughal era feel to your pre-wedding photoshoot? Head straight to the famous Humayun's Tomb in Delhi. Over the years, this historic place has witnessed many love stories. Not just that, it's even been a part of some major Bollywood movies, thanks to the stunning architecture.
As a bride-to-be, you just can't compromise on your pre-wedding pictures. Your pre-wedding pictures need to be as good as your wedding pictures and for that, you need to have the best for your big day. Good pictures always keep your wedding memories fresh and alive for you, reminding you of all the precious moments you shared with your husband, family and friends. So without any further delay, here we are with a list of photographers you need to check out and follow on Instagram.
If you are someone looking for unique concepts that will make your pictures stand out, look no further. In fact, they are a celebrity favourite too. One look at their Instagram feed and you will get tonnes of unique pre-wedding photoshoot ideas. There's so much liveliness in every picture they click.
Ramit Batra has been in the industry for almost a decade now and he's one photographer who'll actually make you want to get a pre-wedding photoshoot done, even if you are not willing for it. His pictures are that good! No, we are not exaggerating. Just scroll through his feed and you'll know.
Wish to add all the glam and glitz to your pre-wedding photos and make it a grand affair? Then you need to check out Morvi Images. If you like pictures that capture every little detail of your look or if black and white is where your heart lies, you need to check out Morvi Images on Instagram.
If you are dreaming of a sunset pre-wedding photoshoot by the beach in Goa, you cannot miss out on this Instagram profile. Saurabh Dalvi knows the city in and out and is probably the best photographer you would find in Goa. He will get you some of the most mesmerizing and romantic shots set amidst the beach, waves and the sunset. Well, if you ask him personally his fave location in Goa is where Dear Zindagi was shot.
This photographer just doesn't need any introduction for any bride-to-be! Fancy those black and white portraits more than a burst of colours? Gautam Khullar will get you some of your best portrait shots with stunning backdrops and an artistic perspective. There's a charm in his portraits that simply brings out the best in every bride.
Still in awe of those jaw-dropping pictures from Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma's wedding? Or Samantha Akkineni and Naga Chaitanya's candid wedding shots? Well, with that said, do you really need to say anything else?!
Their pictures are as cute as the name suggests. And not only cute, but they also have some really unique concepts and ideas. Bright and colourful, their page is all about the fun vibe. Go check them out!
CoolBluez Photography specializes in aerial shots, and promise you some of the most stunning pictures which you can flaunt on your social media profiles. Whether you are on a cruise or on your terrace, be rest assured to look nothing less than a celebrity in your pre-wedding photoshoot. To believe us, you need to check out their profile.
You don't have to travel much to get some drool-worthy pictures out of your pre-wedding photoshoot. They will make it happen in your own city, with so much fun and ease. You can see it all through their Instagram and wouldn't be able to resist from scrolling down further. They recently shot Prince Narula and Yuvika Chaudhary's pre-wedding and boy, the pictures are so aww-dorable.
Bring out the inner child in you, and get all fun and frolic with your partner. You could even have your old scooter painted in bright candy colours and find that quirky graffiti wall in your city to serve as the backdrop.
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Smoke sticks are just what you need to add the magic of colours to your photos. It's pretty much the only prop you need to jazz up your shoot. Want to know more about how to use this prop to your advantage? Read our article that'll show you how to use it along with where you can buy it.
Might sound very cliché but clichés can be good too, if used in the right way. How about you get some magical shots under a flower shower and live your Bollywood moments too! Not a bad idea, right?
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To be honest, this trend has been there for ages and is definitely not going away anytime soon. From a board with your wedding date to boards with your love story or one with a fun or romantic quote, there's a lot you can do.
For those who are absolutely against the idea of holding placards, they can actually go with bride and groom badges. Or a sash! The idea is to have a wedding-y element in your pictures and this is the easiest one to get your hands on.
Well, if you are planning to have a candid and intimate pre-wedding photoshoot in your house, how about you get some customized cushion covers which you can use as props? Perfect props to use during those pillow fight shots.
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Don't be surprised! Our idea of including books or any musical instrument in your pre-wedding photos is to give them a personal touch of things you like. You may like reading or playing a musical instrument, why not use them as a prop?
Now that you are done reading everything you need to know about pre-wedding photoshoots in India, how about you plan yours soon?
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This story was updated in January 2019.