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June 2024

10 Popular Destinations With Stunning Scenery For Picture-Perfect Pre-Wedding Shoots and Enchanting Weddings

Check out our list of popular destinations to plan your overseas pre-wedding shoot and wedding.

Travelling to a dream destination for a pre-wedding shoot or wedding allows couples to create cherished memories together in a special place, making a memorable occasion even more remarkable and meaningful. Besides, what could be more magical and sentimental than capturing and pledging your love against an awe-inspiring backdrop that would have been impossible to re-create back home, or in the exact location you officially got together or where the proposal happened?

With the world filled with plenty of wondrous landscapes and breathtaking scenes, couples are spoilt for choices when it comes to selecting a destination for their pre-wedding shoot or wedding. Whether you are captivated by the romantic streets of Paris, the unique blend of modern and traditional sceneries in Japan, or the serene beaches and romantic sunsets of Bali, we’ve put together a list of 10 destinations popular among Singaporean couples who are looking for the picture-perfect pre-wedding shoot. We’ve also included three beautiful destinations that are nearby you can consider for a destination wedding!

1. Japan

Elly and Khai’s Snowy, Harry Potter-Inspired Pre-Wedding Shoot in Japan by Darren and Jade Photography

Japan remains a hot favorite among couples seeking overseas pre-wedding shoots due to its diverse and seasonal scenic beauty, picturesque locations, and rich cultural heritage. The fusion of modern and traditional elements in cities like Tokyo and Osaka offers a variety of settings, from bustling cityscapes to historical sites. For a tranquil and traditional vibe, Kyoto and Nara are popular, while Nikko and the Mount Fuji area showcase Japan’s majestic natural landscapes. Each season brings its own unique charm, from cherry blossoms in Spring to winter snowscapes. Additionally, Japan’s proximity to Singapore and its convenient transportation system make it an accessible and appealing destination for pre-wedding shoots.

2. South Korea

Verlynn and Jason’s Sweet Surprise Proposal in Nami Island by Love Confetti Stills & Motion

Located just a short flight away, South Korea is a favoured pre-wedding shoot destination for many Singaporean couples due to its unique blend of natural beauty, vibrant culture, and modern allure. The country’s juxtaposition of ancient buildings and modern skyscrapers provides diverse and stunning backdrops, from historic palaces and traditional Hanok villages to urban landmarks and cityscapes. The popularity of K-dramas has also turned locations featured in these shows into iconic spots for pre-wedding shoots, adding sentimental value for K-drama fans. Additionally, South Korea’s accessibility and efficient transportation system make it easy for couples to travel comfortably to popular locations like Seoul, Busan, and Jeju.

3. Bali, Indonesia

Tania-and-Ayrons-Dreamy-Pre-Wedding-Photoshoot-in-Picturesque-Bali by Trevo Pictures

Bali is a popular destination for pre-wedding shoots and weddings among Singaporean couples and others worldwide. This Indonesian island, a short flight from Singapore, boasts breathtaking natural scenery, iconic beaches like Seminyak, Nusa Dua, and Uluwatu, terraced rice paddies in Ubud, cascading waterfalls, and vibrant sunsets, all providing stunning backdrops for pre-wedding photos. Additionally, Bali’s rich cultural heritage and enchanting Balinese culture offer couples the chance to capture their love against culturally significant and charming settings.

4. France

Viona and Jarrel’s Romantic Pre-Wedding Shoot in Paris by Acapella Photography

From its most beloved city, Paris, to the rolling vineyards in Bordeaux, romantic lavender filed of Provence and the coastal French Riviera and majestic French Alps, France is a popular destination for pre-wedding shoots among Singaporean couples. The country’s timeless elegance, romantic ambiance, picturesque landscapes, and historical architecture provide a stunning and unique backdrop, inspiring romance in every corner and allowing couples to capture their love against its enchanting scenery.

5. Switzerland

Rebecca and Abloy’s Destination Pre-Wedding Shoot in Switzerland with Breathtaking Scenery and Powdery White Snow by Wanderlust Dream Co.

Another popular destination in Europe Singaporean couples love to travel to for their pre-wedding shoot is Switzerland. Known for its majestic mountains, pristine lakes and charming villages, Switzerland offers an enchanting and idyllic backdrop that perfectly complements the romance of pre-wedding photography. Couples often capture their love against the snow-capped peaks of the iconic Matterhorn or the serene beauty of Lake Geneva, Lake Lucerne, and Lake Zurich. The country’s quaint villages and historic towns, such as Interlaken, Lucerne, and Montreux, offer charming architecture, cobblestone streets, and a fairytale ambience reminiscent of medieval Europe. Additionally, Switzerland’s cleanliness, orderliness, and high-quality services ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience for visitors.

6. Australia

Claire and Charles’ Vibrant Melbourne Pre-Wedding Adventure by Darren and Jade Photography

Australian cities like Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth are ideal destinations for couples seeking diverse settings for their pre-wedding photos. These cities boast modern architecture, historical landmarks, and stunning landscapes, providing a rich tapestry for photography. Iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge add urban sophistication, while Melbourne’s street art and chic cafes offer a contemporary backdrop. Australia’s coastal beauty, including beaches like Bondi and Whitehaven, and natural wonders like The Great Barrier Reef, offer couples a chance to capture their love against picturesque and unforgettable settings.

4 alternative destinations for pre-wedding shoots

Consider these alternative destinations for your pre-wedding shoot for lesser crowds but equally beautiful scenery and backdrops.

7. Italy

Jo-lyn and Lucas’s Romantic Destination Elopement to Scenic Italy by Wanderlust Dream Co.

Instead of the more popular and often over-crowded cities of France, couples can consider heading to Italy, where breathtaking landscapes, stunning architecture and historical grandeur awaits. From the timeless beauty of Rome’s ancient ruins and the grandeur of the Colosseum, to the intricate canals and charming bridges of Venice, the azure waters of the Amalfi Coast and the golden fields, cypress-lined roads in Tuscany, and cosmopolitan and chic Milan, Italy offers a rich tapestry of beautiful backdrops for pre-wedding shoots.

8. Germany

Wendy and Victor’s Scenic Destination Pre-Wedding Shoot in Munich Germany by Acapella Photography

Another European country couples can consider going for their pre-wedding shoot is Germany. The country’s fairy-tale castles, such as Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenzollern Castle, picturesque villages, and vibrant cities such as Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, provide an array of breathtaking backdrops that perfectly capture the romance and joy of a couple’s journey to marriage.

9. Taiwan

Colette and Jimmy’s Romantic Pre-Wedding Shoot in Taipei, Taiwan by France Paris Bridal

Taiwan is an underrated destination for pre-wedding shoots. With dramatic landscapes such as the iconic Sun Moon Lake and the Alishan Mountain Range, coastal locations with stunning beaches and rugged cliffs, vibrant cities like Taipei and Taichung, traditional temples and lively night markets, Taiwan boasts many locations for the perfect pre-wedding shot.

10. Norway

Ivy and Julius’s Epic Mountaintop Pre-Wedding Shoot on Trolltunga, Norway by Juanmoleyfotologue

Norway’s stunning fjords, majestic mountains, and charming villages provide an array of picturesque backdrops that create unforgettable memories and visually captivating photographs. The iconic fjords of Norway, such as Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord, are among the most beautiful natural wonders in the world, making Norway the destination to travel to for a pre-wedding shoot with truly unique and magnificent backdrop. The country is also one of the few places where you can catch Mother Nature’s unique phenomena, the Northern Lights, adding a mesmerising and unforgettable scenery, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience for you and your beloved.

3 Alternative Locations to consider for a destination wedding

Penang, Malaysia

Magical Sunsets and A Pampering Resort Getaway at Angsana Teluk Bahang, Penang, courtesy of Angsana Teluk Bahang, Penang

Renowned for its rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes and vibrant culinary scene, Penang offers a blend of historical charm and modern amenities that make it an ideal setting for a destination wedding. The island is not only blessed with beautiful beaches and luxurious resorts dotting its coastline, it is also a short flight away from Singapore, making it the perfect location for a destination wedding close to home.

Da Nang, Vietnam

Kulvin and Dilip’s Gorgeously Bright and Colouful Luxe Coastal Wedding in Da Nang by The Photo Lab – Mumbai

Known for its stunning beaches, lush landscapes and vibrant culture, Da Nang is gaining popularity as a sought-after destination for couples looking for an overseas wedding at the beach away from popular locations such as Bali. Its pristine beaches are renowned for their white sands and crystal-clear waters, providing a stunning backdrop for beachfront weddings.

Bintan, Indonesia

Destination Weddings and Romantic Proposals in Bintan’s Island Paradise, courtesy of Bintan Resorts

Located just a short ferry ride from Singapore, Bintan is the perfect place for a destination wedding that you and your guests can enjoy without having to pack an overnight bag. Besides its pristine beaches and lush rainforests, this tropical paradise is also home to a number of world-class resorts that offer luxurious accommodations and stunning venues for weddings and even a pre-wedding shoot.

Credits: Feature image from Rebecca and Abloy’s Destination Pre-Wedding Shoot in Switzerland with Breathtaking Scenery and Powdery White Snow by Wanderlust Dream Co.

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10 Popular Destinations With Stunning Scenery For Picture-Perfect Pre-Wedding Shoots and Enchanting Weddings