Why Couples In Singapore Prefer Outdoor Weddings

In the past, indoor wedding ceremonies were the rage! Everyone in Singapore went for a restaurant or hotel ballroom ceremony. However, recently since 2010s, many couples opt for an outdoor wedding instead – mostly at parks or beaches. This is increasingly the case in Singapore. In the following article, I have interviewed one of the best local Singapore actual day photographer, Alvin, founder of Grandeur Wedding Studio on this interesting phenomenon that we’re seeing in Singapore right now.

Pik Cam: So what is this interesting phenomenon we’re seeing right now? Is it a ‘Westernization’ of Asian weddings? Or is it something else?

Alvin (Grandeur Wedding Studio): I have to say this is a general trend. As the Internet becomes more proliferate through social media channels such as Facebook or picture heavy Instagram, couples are realizing that an outdoor wedding can be really fun, affordable and looks really good in photographs too. It’s nothing about the westernization of weddings in Singapore.

Pik Cam: Alright, but what do you think is the real reason for outdoor weddings and outdoor pre wedding photography getting more popular then?

Alvin (Grandeur Wedding Studio): I think an outdoor wedding allows for much more creativity. In the past, every couple in Singapore held their weddings in restaurants or hotels and spending a bomb. People also only went for pre wedding studio shoots. Today? Couples finally have a choice and are getting more freedom to choose what they want. I think this is what couples in Singapore always wanted, but never could have had in the past. It’s not a new desire. It’s an old desire that finally got the opportunity to be fulfilled. Good for these couples now! They get lots of choices when it comes to their wedding ceremony, venue, photography etc.

Pik Cam: If a couple were to engage a photographer in Singapore for their wedding ceremony, what are some of the most important advice that you will give to them?

Alvin (Grandeur Wedding Studio): Go for quality. There are couples who really cannot afford to go for a good actual day wedding photographer. However, most couples who make at least $3,000 to $5,000 a month each will be able to easily afford (a once in a lifetime cost) a good actual day wedding photographer in Singapore for only $1,500 to $3,000. There are many amateur photographers advertising their prices for less than $800 or $1,000. My question to them is, if they’re really that good,why would they price it so low? Remember, a photographer is different from others, once he’s booked, he cannot accept other customers during that period of time. Time is very important for a wedding photographer. A great photographer I mean, even the camera costs more than $1,000, will not charge so low for his time.

Pik Cam: True, I guess the most important thing is to look at a photographer’s quality 1st, then prices, and definitely not the other way around…

Alvin (Grandeur Wedding Studio): Yes, that is correct. This is especially the case for actual day photographers, because you cannot repeat the ceremony (at least not without embarrassing yourself). Make sure to pick an experienced studio of photographers who know what they’re doing ūüėČ hint *my studio*.

Pik Cam: Definitely. Alright that’s all we have for today. Thank you Alvin for taking time out of your busy schedule for this email interview.

Alright! So there you get it. The above is my full email interview with Alvin from Grandeur Wedding Studio on why Singapore couples are increasingly opting for outdoor weddings (as well as outdoor pre wedding photography) and how you should ideally pick your wedding photographer for your actual day ceremony in Singapore. Enjoy the post! Share it if you liked it!!!!

Exciting Wedding Photography – Behind The Scenes!

Most people do not engage a wedding photographer more than once – especially not their actual day wedding photographer in Singapore.¬†This means that unless you have been to many family and friends’ wedding ceremonies before, you will not know how it is like¬†for a actual day bridal photographer.

Check out the above video, showing behind the scenes of an actual day photographer in action. This is so that you can better prep yourself at least mentally with respect to your future photographer!

If you need a recommendation, here is Grandeur,¬†Singapore’s best photographer.

Singapore’s Best Photographers – Reviews And Pricing

I have written about . I have also talked about how to pick your photographer in an earlier post here. In this post, I will expand on that by giving reviews and pricing of the top photographers in Singapore, so you can use the information you know from my earlier post to pick the right photographer, as well as picking the right wedding photography packages.

Grandeur Wedding Studio РRating: 4.9 out of 5

One of the very top Singapore wedding photographers, Grandeur Wedding Studios takes amazing looking bridal photographs. In fact, there’s little I need to talk about them, as everybody and every single couple in¬†Singapore already knows about them (shame on you if you don’t!).

Nat Studios –¬†Rating: 4.7 out of 5

A great award winning studio based in Singapore, they specialize in destination wedding photoshoots. Their photos look very dream like and I think they look good. However, I give them a 4.7 rating out of 5 because their real specialty is in destination weddings, and not in Singapore, and also their photo colours are not as vibrant as I would personally prefer my own wedding picture to be.

Bloc Memoire –¬†Rating: 4.8 out of 5

Another top studio in Singapore, they do wedding¬†photography in Singapore. With a team of three photographers, they specialize in local pre wedding photography. I would have to say that the thing that makes them impressionable is not their images they take, but the packaging that their photographs come in. They package their photographs inside these unique wooden thumbdrives, and give them to you. I think that’s cute and something special.

I know some people have tried to ask me about Mindy Tan and Samuel Goh. In my opinion, they’re great photographers, but there is just something that doesn’t seem to quite pop about their photographs. To be honest, I’m not sure what, but it just doesn’t quite elicit the feeling I want to look for when looking at bridal photos.

Choosing A Wedding Photographer – Professional Tips!

We understand that choosing a wedding photographer can be a very intimidating task Рespecially when picking a right one can make your day perfect, and picking a wrong one can be downright disastrous. This is something you cannot afford to muck up.

Earlier on in my first post, I shared how I would pick a wedding photographer in Singapore. However, in this post, I would like to share the above video with you. Watch it, and let me know what you think in the comments section below!

Picking the right studio¬†will make your wedding day… always remember that.

How To Choose The Right Wedding Photography Package

Many studios in Singapore offer various types of wedding photography packages, some for ROM, some for pre/post weddings while others are for the actual day. Among these individual packages, there are also a lot of sub packages. How do you ensure that you end up with the right and most suitable package for you and your spouse?

For those who are not aware, ROM photography is something which is unique to couples getting their marriage registered in Singapore. It actually stands for Registrar of Marriage, which makes no sense when used in the form ‘ROM photography’, but essentially what it means is that it’s wedding photography of the signing of marriage contract papers and the events that follow it. I wouldn’t recommend going for ROM photography, as many couples also sign a mock contract on the actual day ceremony as a ceremonial event. This is why couples can actually just get this ‘event’ photographed during their actual day wedding, and this saves them a few hundred dollars instead of going for a ROM package as well.

Next of all, let us talk about pre or post wedding photography. Many couples get married in their mid to late 20s in Singapore. This means that they have started their careers for 2-5 years, and therefore, may not be affluent yet. This is also the reason why for those couples who want to get pre wedding photographs taken, but cannot afford it at that time, simply go back a few years after their marriage, rent a suit and gown and take their photographs then. The effect will be the same, but you can hire a much better wedding photographer in Singapore because your budget will be higher.

Third of all, come on. Invest in a good actual day wedding photographer. This is something which cannot be repeated, hence, if you do not engage a good, professional photographer for your wedding (i.e. http://www.grandeurweddingstudio.com/photography-singapore), you won’t¬†be¬†able to recapture the same scenes ever again in your life. When it comes to actual day bridal photography packages, make sure to choose the one that’s suitable for you. If you want your¬†morning events and dinner banquet in Singapore to be filmed and photographed, then make sure to go for the higher end package, which is usually 10 hours. Most studios and bridal photographers in Singapore offer a 5 hour (for half day) or a 10 hour (for full day coverage) photography package. Make sure to pick the right choice for yourself and your spouse.

Beautiful Wedding Photography Locations In Singapore

Many couples who are getting a wedding phootshoot in Singapore must be thinking about where they can have their photoshoot at. There are lots of beautiful places you can have your wedding photo at, and here are some of them (check out the following video below to see images taken at these locations). Something very important is also to engage a great wedding photography studio in Singapore i.e. http://www.grandeurweddingstudio.com !

First of all, Henderson Waves. With really unique architecture, Henderson Waves provide a great backdrop for all kinds of wedding day shoots.

Second of all, Helix bridge next to Marina Bay Sands is a great place for wedding photos taken in the evening. Helix bridge may not look like much in the day, but the lighting and lighted city skyline in the backdrop look amazing as a backdrop for a wedding photograph taken in the evening.

Third of all, ¬†Upper Seletar Reservoir. Upper Seletar Reservoir may be secluded, but even if both you and the¬†engaged wedding photographer does not have a car, it’s so easy to get an Uber cab to pick you up from there after the photo shoot at Upper Seletar Reservoir.

Best of all? The three places in Singapore mentioned above are all relatively near each other! This means that travelling time between them are minimal and you can spend more time having photographs taken rather than spend more time travelling.

Picking A Wedding Photographer The Right Way

There are many ways in which a couple picks a wedding photographer. Some go through their friends’ recommendations, some go to their friends who are in the wedding photography business, while others go online and research about the various professional wedding photographers in Singapore. Let us talk about the various pros and cons about each method.

Pros of going through friends’ recommendation:

  • If your friend’s tastes for wedding photography is the same as yours and your fiance, then it’ll be great as you will be able to get a highly similar style of photography as they did (generally speaking).
  • You may be able to ask for a discount.

Cons of going through friends’ recommendation:

  • If things turn out bad, chances are, you may also blame your friends and then end up with no more friendship.
  • Sometimes, a wedding photographer can have a very unique (read: weird) personality. If you like the¬†wedding photos your friends’ recommended photo take, but if you do not like the photographer himself, chances are, you’re going to be miserable on the actual day of the shoot. This is because some couples prefer working with a director style photographer (most couples not well versed with photography like this because it’s hands free for them), but some couples may prefer working with a passive¬†photographer who just captures wedding pictures for them (while they come up with their own poses and ideas only).

Pros of going to a friend who is a photographer:

  • You may get a discount.
  • It’s easy to communicate¬†with him or her since you’re already friends with him or her.

Cons of going to a friend who is a photographer:

  • If the only reason you went to your friend is because he or she gives you a greater discount and lower prices than outside photographers, you’re going to blame that on him or¬†her if the photographs turn out sub-par. (e.g. accuse him or her for poorer quality photographs because he or she gave you a steep discount).
  • If the photographs don’t turn out as expected, you may lose that friendship, which is bad.

Pros of researching online:

  • You can find out the reviews of the said photographer whom you’re thinking of engaging.
  • You liaise directly with the photographer or the wedding photography studio, and this allows you to judge their personalities and quality of photography without letting anything like emotions cloud your perception.
  • You can find a lot of photographers within a short period of time and decide from there, because almost every single wedding photographer in Singapore has their own website. You can easily look for them in minutes on Google or Instagram.

Cons of researching online:

  • Some photographers list their email or contact numbers online, but are absolutely non-responsive.

Personally, I went through a friend’s recommendation (i.e. http://www.grandeurweddingstudio.com/photography-singapore/), and then checked out their portfolio¬†online, talked to the photographer and decided to pick their packages. I combined the best of the above 2 methods (friends’ recommendation + researching online) to pick, and in my opinion the wedding photos I took with Grandeur was¬†good and quite a pleased experience overall..). You can find them if you’re taking a wedding photoshoot in Singapore.