A pre-wedding shoot is a recent hype where the bride and the bride groom who have been recently engaged to be tying the nuptial bond soon get clicked in prized poses. Pre-wedding shoot is often known as an engagement shoot. It can be shot within a certain time frame extending from three to six months prior to the wedding day. Pre-wedding shoot is now a trendy lifestyle getting prominence among the young generation more and more.


Locations of pre-wedding shoot are sometimes quite exotic to lend extra zing to the photo shoot, sometimes mundane where the focus would be the couple and sometimes a mix of both. The locales can vary. It can be a beautifully manicured park with lots of diverse flora and fauna. It can also be an old and vintage building with some remarkable architectural features for an antique and dramatic look. A rooftop setting overlooking a glossy city landscape or a wide open landscape vista can be chosen for a modern look or for a natural beauty driven photoshoot. The enigmatic settings, if public, has to be booked, scanned for permissions, if needed, and timing should be chosen according to the lowest visiting hours.

  • Dharamshala and Mcleodganj
The dramatically charismatic locales of Dharamshala with the snow-laden peaks at the backdrop and green meadows spread wide are ideal for pre-wedding photoshoot.

Mcleodganj, popularly known as ‘Little Lhasa’ or ‘Dhasa’ has a very significant percentage of Tibetan population. Mcleodganj is also the headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile. The Namgyal Monastery of Mcleodganj is also the largest Tibetan temple outside Tibet and has an ambience befitting to a pre-wedding shooting locale.

It has got very beautiful shooting spots such as the charismatic and serene Dal Lake or the Kareri Lake with the quint houseboats and placid lake views, the mellow destination of the Triund Hills and grandeur and breath-taking beauty of the pristine atmosphere around Bhagsu falls. The fall is located amidst lush greenery and engulfed in a mystic backdrop and will make an ideal choice. The pristine atmosphere of the falls would be loved by a photographer.

  • Shimla
Shimla bears the rich colonial heritage of being the Summer Capital of British India. Shimla churns up allure to every photographer because of the ease of accessibility and the plethora of choices for a gorgeous photoshoot. The Ridge located centrally remains covered with white frozen snow in winters and has a backdrop of the bustling Shimla city and The Mall area and even offers a distant view of the soft Shimla valleys packed with buildings dating back to colonial era. Moreover, if you are on the lookout for fanciful gothic buildings or imposing structures, that are architectural marvels, as the backdrop of your pre-wedding shoot, you can choose the stately Christ Church with a green and tranquil setting, the domineering Rashtrapati Niwas with serene green lawns, the gothic mansion of the British era now functioning as Indian Institute of Advanced Study, the Himachal State Museum which is a Victorian Mansion, Gorton Castle built of Neo-gothic style, the magnificent Bantony Castle which is a colonial-era Maharaja palace having the strong influence of Tudor architecture and surrounded by expansive grounds or even the Shimla Heritage Museum that dates back to 1862.

The Mahasun peak of Kufri, the Naldehra Golf Course, St. Michael’s Catholic Cathedral and the Dorje Drak Monastery  are some more fascinating photoshoot destinations. These are all significant tourist spots and are widely known for their magnificence of architecture and beauty of settings. Bromley Estate or the Town Hall are also picturesque monuments or buildings to host photography. If the stress or the client call is on nature photography, then Shimla has a wide array of choice to confuse any pre-wedding couple. The Shimla Reserve Forest Sanctuary, Rani Jhansi park, Craigano Park, Himalaya Nature Park, Chadwick Falls, Peterhoff, Jhaku Hills, Summer Hills, Prospect Hills are no less inferior choices.

  • Manali
The serene valley of Manali, with the frothing white Beas gushing down the mountain in a superbly meandering style along with the thick snows of the Rohtang Pass and the Solang Valley is bound to be a photographers delight for a pre-wedding shoot. The glaciers will make for a lovely whiteness to the usual colourful attires of the pre-wedding couples.  The Beas Kund or the high altitude Chandratal are mesmerizing water bodies lending their picturesque glory to photos for ages. If you want a blissful and comfortable Honeymoon in Manali, you can also book tour packages from India Tourism Guide. The Great Himalayan National Park, The Van Vihar or The Nehru Park are all outstanding venues for photography. If you are keen on giving a religious edge to the sanctimonious nuptial bond scheduled round the corers, you can also take Gayatri Temple, Siyali mahadev Temple, Hadimba Temple, Himalaya Nyingmapa Buddhist Temple or the Gauri Shankar Temple as your photoshoot venue or location.

  • Kufri
The snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas of Kufri and the fir and conifer covered greenery of valley create a contrast that lends a superb charm to pre-wedding shoots. Kufri is an immensely picturesque hill station and remains snow covered with glorious panoramic mountain ranges all around.

  • Chail
Choose Chail for its colonial heritage. Make the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary your primary choice to shoot some photos in the green wilderness or choose the marvellous Chail Palace for a lovely heart-warming photoshoot session. Maharaja Bhupender Singh had made Chail his summer capital as Chail is situated at an altitude higher than Shimla.

  • Lahaul and Spiti
A bit desolate and solitary Pattan and Pangi Valleys of Lahaul and Spiti look absolutely stunning in photographs. For lending a special glitz of barren landscape of ethereal hues these valleys would be absolutely ideal. The snow-covered Kunzum range with white glistening peaks or the picturesque and exotic monasteries such as the Toba Monastery or the Dhankar Monastery set amidst very beautiful settings can be an excellent choice for pre-wedding photoshoot. The photogenic lake Suraj Tal is also worthy locale. The spectacular yet desolate locale is likely to be a photographer’s premium choice.