Pre-wedding photo-shoots have become a modern day wedding ritual as important (if not more) than the ceremony itself. It’s an ingenious way of getting some practice posing for countless pictures at the wedding, capturing some priceless tender moments with your sweetie and having the opportunity to start getting comfortable with your wedding photographer. All of these three form the tripod (pun intended!) that results in fabulous wedding photos.
If you haven’t been a couple for long before getting married it’s important to figure out some key poses that flatter you both in pictures. Vanity aside, a pre-wedding photo-shoot is your chance to infuse some whimsy into your wedding pictures because ethnic clothing, traditional settings and time constraints do not limit you. It’s also a casual, stress-free and fun environment to interact with your wedding photographer so that he or she understands your personality as a couple and is better equipped to translate that into all the pictures.
You can always cram the pre-wedding photo-shoot in with the wedding by doing it a day or two before everything kicks off but it’s always best to do it a few weeks or even few months before. In the days leading up to the wedding you'll likely be extremely busy finishing up last minute chores and thinking incessantly about what is pending to really enjoy the experience and even Photoshop cannot erase the look of forced pictures. Doing the pre-wedding photo-shoot well in advance gives you the chance to start getting super excited about your own wedding. Plus the added bonus of using the pictures for your save the date cards, invitations and your wedding countdown for social media to get all your guests into the wedding spirit.
Now that we have you all pumped about the idea of actually doing one and because pictures can speak a thousand words, here is a totally photo heavy post on pre-wedding photo-shoot ideas and ofcourse the outfits to go with each one.
Get your furry bestie to get in on the action by featuring them in your pre-wedding photo-shoot. It’s the easiest and cutest of all ideas plus there is no risk of bad pictures when you’re having a blast just hanging with your pet. It’s also a lovely bonding experience for your little fur ball and significant other, especially if one of them isn’t particularly keen on the other yet.
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas: Pets on Cars
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas - Pets with Messages
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas - Pets that are Part of Our Lives
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas - Matching Accessories
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas - Pets au Naturale
Remember that a shoot involving an animal will mostly likely be outdoors and will require you to be able to play around with them comfortably. You need something stylish for good shots but also outfits that allow for freedom of movement. Forget about voluminous clothes and anything too embellished because both will get in the way. Choose from these handpicked pieces that will make your look and feel totally at ease in any location.
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Outfits
If animals aren’t your thing but whipping up scrumptious eats or binge watching cooking shows is more your thing then bring that passion into your pre-wedding photoshoot. A cooking themed shoot with a few basic kitchen accessories and tools in a deliciously decadent Betty Crocker inspired photoshoot is an absolutely fresh (quite literally) way to get some adorable pictures.
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas - Starting on a High Note
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Outfits & Ideas - Joint Efforts
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Outfits & Ideas - Fantastic Results
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Outfits & Ideas - Things Getting Messy
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Outfits & Ideas - What Happened Here?
It might be tempting to channel your inner 1950s housewife and do something totally old-fashioned for such a shoot but we prefer a more modern spin on the idea. Especially since your man will be in the pictures too. Pick your outfit colours depending on the background colours of your location and kitchen props. Choose either basic black or white for an already colorful set up or consciously keep the backdrop neutral so you can wear something bright hued.
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Outfits - Cooking
Why bother with land when you can be underwater? With the advancements in underwater photography equipment, you have easily have your very own Little Mermaid inspired shoot especially if you both are die-hard water babies. It’s best to pick a private pool for this idea, as you will need to do a lot of re-takes to get good shots. Also remember that you both need to be able to keep your eyes open and hold your breath underwater for each frame so if your partner is even a little bit unsure, it’s best to give this one a miss.
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas - Underwater
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas - Taking the Plunge Underwater
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas - Underwater Romance
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas - Getting it on Underwater
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas - Saying Cheese Underwater
Ladies, please DO NOT forget to wear properly covered underpants for this one because the water will definitely cause any flares on gowns and lehengas to ride up. Having said that totally straight cut or figure hugging outfits won’t create that underwater drama either so choose something with just the right amount of volume. Solid colours like red, green, fuchsia and navy blue contrast the blue or green water brilliantly and make for stunning pictures.
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Outfits for a classic Underwater Shoot
Forget about reality and delve into the realms of magical illusions for your pre-wedding photo-shoot. If you both happen to be fantasy fiction junkies and always dreamed of starring in your own version of one then consult your photographer and make it a reality. The studio magic of green and blue screens is a little bit pricier than a standard photo-shoot but totally worth it for some truly unique pictures. Discuss the scenarios you would like to create and let postproduction do the rest.
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas - Flying About
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas - Things Flying Around
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas - Happy Potter Anyone?
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas - Meri Poppins
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas - Hovering Above the Rest
You’re limited only by your imagination for a photo-shoot like this one. A levitation style photoshoot mostly happens in studio so there is no need to bother about practicality. Go for fully glam outfits that show off your body as both of you will be the only focus of the pictures.
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Outfit Ideas
Taking it one step further is the latest new trend of miniature pictures that convert everything into microscopic versions of the original size including both of you! Yet another take on fairytales and enchanted stories, this one has a very vintage appeal as well. Create backgrounds inspired by animation movies and play out your favourite scenes.
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas - Leaving for a Small Break
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Ideas - Fly Me Away to a Place Close By
It’s important to keep detailing to a minimum, as it will not be picked up in the final tiny versions. All over prints, patterns and solid colour blocking are sure fire ways to have your outfit make an impact even on a mini version of yourself. You can even be a little more risqué with silhouettes as things will be automatically hidden when miniaturised.
Unique Pre-Wedding Photoshoot Outfits perfect for Couples in Miniatures