We've sussed out unique locations for wedding photos around the island, featuring lush natural landscapes, eclectic cafes and quirky neighbourhoods.
Now that you’ve got your dream rock (and your dream man), it’s time to make it official to the world with swoon-worthy pre-wedding photos. If classic shots of Singapore’s skyline and landmarks aren’t your thing, keep reading.
Since its official opening last year, we’ve seen loads of photos of the island’s ubiquitous gate and signature casuarina trees. Everything about this place spells magic; its off-the-grid locale, abundance of dreamy lalang (blady grass) fields and majestic trees are reminiscent of far-away landscapes, making it the perfect backdrop for couples steering away from traditional portraits.
Many photographers have worked their magic in this swanky enclave of chi-chi restos and lifestyle stores. The tranquil surroundings, leafy pathways, and fab colonial exteriors of the dining venues will put camera-shy couples at ease.
While the iconic brooding ‘Instagram tree’ in was chopped down last year, this idyllic hood remains a fave haunt for avid shutterbugs. Sprawling lalang fields exude ethereal vibes while Punggol Waterway Park (a short walk away) offers calm waters, lush foliage and a scenic boardwalk as beautiful backdrops.
Universal Studios Singapore
Celebrate your adventurous, fun-loving spirits by reenacting your favourite films at Universal Studios Singapore. Replicate 1950’s glamour along the Hollywood streets (and that oldie-but-goodie retro-style diner), famous chick flicks at the New York Public Library, or fairytale royalty at Far Far Away.
Home to a cluster of independent art galleries, Gillman Barracks melds old-world colonial glamour with lush tropical greenery. For more versatile shots, the colourful graffiti murals on the sides of the historic, conserved buildings also offer a grittier, urban feel.
Upper Seletar Reservoir
Miss Punggol’s towering ‘Instagram tree’? Upper Seletar Reservoir’s version comes in at a close second. The vast open spaces, abundance of sunlight and gorgeous body of water makes this a timeless, lesser-known location for nature-inspired photos.
Joo Chiat’s colourful past and jumble of well-preserved shophouses with quirky back alleys makes it a distinctively Singaporean location – a far cry from overly-done shots of the city’s skyline and famous landmarks. Pop into the nearby coffee shops and cafes for quick breaks in between shots.
Arab Street/Haji Lane
If you and your partner share a love for all things artsy, vintage and cultural, head to the Arab Street vicinity where colourful shophouses, exotic restos and indie boutiques with charming storefronts line the streets. The grand Sultan Mosque, eclectic Haji Lane hideouts and graffiti murals make for candid shots with plenty of character.
Changi Boardwalk has heaps of natural landscapes for photographers to work with, including a calm, splendid sea, huge boulder formations and tall trees, that evoke romance and serenity.
Singapore Saddle Club
Home to 100 stables, Singapore Saddle Club houses more than 40 riding horses, and is a mere walk away from Rider’s Cafe, a popular Sunday brunch spot. Come in the mornings with a newly risen sun (when horses are out grazing) and bring along rustic props for country-inspired snaps.
The White Rabbit
A lovingly-restored 1930s chapel, The White Rabbit’s interiors offer a high-ceilinged space with wooden tables and stained glass windows for a fairytale, nostalgic vibe. But what’s really stolen our hearts is its outdoor venue. Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the alfreso area whisks guests into a world of whimsy and wonder with gorgeous walkways, delightfully-mismatched furniture and well-manicured lawns.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
Centrally located near Orchard for easy transportation of your gowns and props, Singapore Botanical Gardens’ sprawling grounds provides a myriad of photoshoot ideas with its many ponds, magnificent trees, romantic gazebos and pristine gardens.
Hands up if you’ve taken a photo in front of this cafe’s signature rustic blue wall (guilty…)! The former warehouse was 2014’s must-visit brunch spot, and consistently remains as Singapore’s must interesting foodie haunts. Its industrial warehouse setting and bike-covered walls are the stuff of hipster dreams (and brides).
Unbeknownst to many, Tuas’s deserted location offers a gorgeous setting for warm, summery photos, as well as the freedom to pose however you want without pesky onlookers. The area has numerous scenic landscapes, from barren, desert-like grounds to lalang fields, which offer an array of different moods. We suggest bringing along a few props to make the photos pop – just have a look above at radio DJ Vernon A and blogger Jayne Tham’s swoon-worthy, boho-inspired engagement photos for a stroke of inspiration.
A popular brunch haunt for Eastsiders, this vintage-inspired cafe’s old school cars and vespas, as well as a retro playground with swings in its backyard, make fab props for nostalgia-laden photoshoots.