Rather like an engagement photoshoot, a creative pre-wedding photoshoot should be all about celebrating a couple in love. It is the ideal opportunity to mark this magical time together before you tie the knot. Plus, it can be a great way to get to know your photographer before the big day, AND you could even use them for your wedding invitations for a personalized touch.

For pre-wedding photoshoot ideas that stand out from the crowd, check out our list of top poses, ideas, tips, and tricks.

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Top pre-wedding photoshoot ideas

Movie magic

A man and a woman in France sitting on the curb next to a bike

This is the ideal pre-wedding photoshoot idea for couples that are movie buffs!  Bring your favorite flick to life with a classic film star pose. Whether it’s THAT lift in Dirty Dancing; Princess Leia and Hans Solo from Star Wars; Pulp Fiction; The Matrix, or anything else, embrace cosplay in your pre-wedding photoshoot ideas for a photo shoot with a difference.

Embrace the vintage

A couple dressed up in vintage outfits to do a creative pre-wedding photoshoot

For couples who love nostalgia and the retro vibe, you could also pick a decade or century from the past and embrace the vintage style. Whether it is the rock and roll era with pomade and poodle skirts, Jane Austen-style 17th Century England with ball gowns and top hats, or even all the way back to Ancient Rome, pick a piece of history that has the aesthetic you are looking for. You could also add props such as a gramophone or old car for an authentic vintage flair.

Posing pets

A man and a woman kiss with their dog sitting between them in a field

Our pets are important members of our family, so why not include your furry and not-so-furry pals for a creative pre-wedding photoshoot with an added cute factor.

But beware, some recommend not working with children or animals for photoshoots where possible. It’s important to remember that your animals may not necessarily pose on demand. However, with a few treats, lots of patience, and a little luck, you should be able to get the perfect pic with your pets. Or at least a few funny ones!

After dark

A couple posing in the light of candles for pre-wedding photo shoot ideas

Take your pre-wedding photo at night for a romantic after-dark effect. This can be particularly enchanting on a clear night; when the sky is filled with twinkling stars. Alternately, use lights to create a magical effect, a romantic ambiance, or just to spotlight the happy couple. You could also time your photos with sky lanterns or fireworks for one of our most atmospheric pre-wedding photoshoot ideas.

Using water

A couple kiss under a clear umbrella for their creative pre wedding photoshoot

Undoubtedly, water can create interesting effects when it comes to wedding photography! For example, you could use your reflection on the water for a symmetrical picture, include fountains for a watery effect or even have your pictures taken in the rain (think The Notebook).

On the other hand, underwater pics are certainly one of our favorite creative pre-wedding photoshoot ideas. It can be difficult taking photos underwater, and it is important to remember that it is 800 times denser than air. This means that the photographer will need to be as close as possible, use the correct camera settings, and use a strobe light to minimize backscatter.

Make it miniature

With the couple shrunk to fairy size and placed in the oversized world around them, miniature photos are certainly creative and unique! Using the wonder of technology such as Photoshop, these pictures are one of the more popular pre-wedding photoshoot ideas.

Fabulous foodies

A couple on a picnic with food - ideas for a creative pre-wedding photoshoot.

If you and your spouse to be are fab foodies, then why not showcase food-glorious-food for a creative pre-wedding photoshoot. Who says that cake smash pictures are just for kids! Alternatively, you could have your pictures taken while having a picnic, enjoying dinner at the table, or even cooking together.

Into the wild

A couple kissing in the middle of a wild flowering field

If your favorite thing to do is to get outdoors and have an adventure, you  could think about taking your photos out in the wild. This could mean laying in a meadow on a beautiful summer day, relaxing on a hammock at the beach at sunset, or just candid captures of the loved up pair out and about. We recommend organizing your photoshoot for golden hour. This is the hour just after dawn and the one before sunset, and it provides the best possible lighting.

Your hobbies

Two ceramic makers hug with hands messy in clay

When getting the perfect photo, it is important to be yourself and enjoy the moment. One way of making it fun is by including any hobbies that you share together. You could have the pair of you in your tennis whites on the court, playing golf, camping, playing computer games, crafting, knitting or whatever else you like doing together!

Happy at home

A man and woman smile contendedly at each other

The setting of a photo can tell us quite a bit about its subjects. So, if you and your intended are homebodies, you may want to take your pre-wedding photos in the comfort of your own environment. Keep it comfy and lounge on the sofa, have pictures of you enjoying breakfast in bed, or possibly sitting down at the dinner table.

Friends and family

Whilst your pre-wedding pictures are all about celebrating you and your significant other, there is no reason why you cannot include those who are closest to you too. Get your friends and family together to be included in your very own creative pre-wedding photoshoot. Whether this is the kids you may have already, parents and siblings, or honoring a close-knit group of friends, it’s a great way to make your pictures extra special.

Recreate your proposal

A woman smiles at her partner whilst outside in golden hour

For a pre-wedding photo that honors an important and impossibly romantic moment on your journey together as a couple, you could recreate your proposal. With one person on one knee and the other ready to accept, this classic position clearly symbolizes the next step.

Get creative!

There are so many ways you can create a photoshoot to mark your engagement and capture the pre-wedding experience with a picture that will be cherished for years to come.

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Hiya, I’m Maud. I’m an English girl who's moved to Berlin - because who wouldn’t fall in love with a country which has words like ‘Kummerspeck’ hidden around every corner... I love traveling and finding out the quirks of each country - and what better way to remember them than on a postcard?

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