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!!!!

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.