How To Choose The Perfect Location For A Pre-Wedding Shoot
Ok, so, you have the wedding all planned out. The venue’s booked, the invitations have been sent out, the menu has been decided, you have your photographer and videographer lined up, and the dress and suit have been delivered. The last thing you need to do, is to do your final pre-wedding shoot. The last pictures of you and your partner, before you finally tie the knot. But there’s one hiccup. Where are you going to do this photoshoot? There are so many choices out there. Do you do a beach shoot, a jungle shoot, a city shoot? There are just too many options! Don’t worry, here are a few tips to help you choose the perfect location for you and your partner (and your photographer!).
1. Consider Your Budget
Very often, a pre-wedding shoot gets left out of the planning, because many couples either forget about it, or don’t think it’s necessary, but if you’re looking for polished and beautiful memories to reminisce on, a pre-wedding shoot will help your “souvenirs” of the whole process look just as beautiful as you did on your wedding day. So, always leave aside a section of your budget, for the pre-wedding shoot.
It’ll help you plan for any extra costs for the shoot itself, like travel (especially if you’re going abroad for the shoot), accommodation, permission from your locations (as some high profiled locations will require permits for photoshoots), and other costs like food or insurance. By having a budget for the shoot, you’ll know how far you want the location to be, how many locations you’d like in your pre-wedding shoot, and how much your photographer will charge for the shoot itself.
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2. The Meaning Of Your Location
One of the best ways to find your perfect pre-wedding shoot location is to consult your memories of each other. Essentially, you could have your pre-wedding shoot in a place that you and your partner have the fondest memories of. All you need to do is choose the place that holds the most special meaning for you. For example, you could hold your pre-wedding shoot in the place you both knew you loved each other, or maybe the place where the proposal was held, or even the place where you first met.
Of course, you might not remember exactly where it was you met, or your proposal was held at home, so it might not work. But if you have one particular memory, that you both share, of a place that you’d think would reflect your love story, then why not go back to that place, and have your pre-wedding shoot there? It will be a great symbol of your love for each other, and chances are, your guests, and all those who are privy to the photos will know exactly where that location is, and what it means to you and your partner.
3. Seasons, Weather, And Time
It’s important to remember that even Mother Nature can influence your pre-wedding location decisions. Why? Well, every location has its “season”. That means, if you choose a popular tourist location, like a beach, you might want to think about it when you book your shoot for it. After all, booking a photoshoot at the height of summer might not be the best idea, since everyone will want to go down for their summer vacations. Of course, the opposite can also be rather difficult, because if you book in winter, either it’ll be too cold or you’ll still find a lot of people at the beach, trying to get away from the winter chill.
You also need to be aware of the timings in the day as well. After all, the “golden hour” shot is the most romantic, with the orange, yellow and golden hues (hence the “golden hour”) of the sunset (or sunrise if you’re willing to get up early enough for it). So, be mindful of the seasons, weather patterns, and times of day. They can all be a factor in what makes your location the perfect one for your pre-wedding photoshoot.
4. Choose Your Theme
Sometimes, what might be on trend, in the wedding industry, might not fit the unique style that you and your partner want, for your wedding memories. So, if the both of you are more alive in the city, a pre-wedding shoot with a nature theme, won’t work or give you that fuzzy, warm nostalgia that should come with it.
That’s why you need to choose your themes carefully. What do you like, and what does your partner like? Are you both outdoorsy people, or would you rather be living it up in a city? Do you like the “sun, sea, sand life”, or do you prefer to “wander the world”? Consider your personalities and the theme of your wedding, so that your pre-wedding shoot can match.
Who Says You Should Only Have One Location
Lastly, remember that you can choose more than one location. Many pre-wedding photoshoots are becoming more global, with couples taking a long vacation (with their photographer) to visit countries and places they’ve been to before. After all, taking a trip with your partner is one of the biggest milestones in a relationship, and many beautiful memories are made on vacation. So, why not make more, in those same places?
Not only that, but you can even think about the whole trip as if it were a minimoon! It could be a prelude to the actual honeymoon you’ll take after the wedding, and even give you some ideas for it too. Also, by going to the places you’ve been to before, you’ll re-spark the magic and romance that made you and your partner fall in love, in the first place. It’s a great way to remind yourself, after all the stresses of life and planning a wedding, that the reason you’re even getting married to each other is the love that brought you together in the first place. So, enjoy the process! And when in doubt consult your photographer or wedding planner. They’ve been through this before, and their expertise will help you make the final decisions, for the perfect pre-wedding photoshoot.