Couples and photographers in Chennai, planning a pre-wedding shoot? Well, your search ends here. From cottages to scenic beaches and structures, here’s your guide to the best pre-wedding shoot locations in and around Chennai.
Get That Perfect Shot With This List Of Best Pre-Wedding Shoot Locations In & Around Chennai
This museum of art and architecture provides beautiful heritage houses as the backdrop for your pre-wedding photoshoot. Pose in front of gorgeous traditional homes from Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu! If you’re looking for a lovely ethnic theme to your shoot, then DakshinaChitra’s Chettinad pillars and well-crafted doors are picture-perfect!
Price: INR 100 entry fee. Pay an additional INR 50 for using an SLR camera and INR 75 for a video camera.
This out-of-a-movie spot is just a 45-minute drive from the city. The pathway on the sea along the Ennore beach is filled with rocks on both the sides and is a breezy spot for your pre-wedding shoot. Reminding us of Pondicherry and even Marine Drive, the Ennore beach is even better during pleasant and light shower evenings (this is for an off-shoot day, of course). We would say, right before sunset is the best time to head here and get your shots clicked.
Green Meadows Resort
This ECR resort filled with traditional cottages and lush greenery is the spot for an out and out pre-wedding shoot. Get both your cliche and candid shots photographed against their artistic villas. You could also consider their boutique halls for your wedding!
Price: You can pre-book your shoot at about INR 5,000 plus tax
Our favourite getaway from the city is full of chill spots to capture memories of a lifetime. For chic and uber-cool shots by the bay, head to the beach next to the Santana Restaurant. This beach has rocks by the waters, colourful boats, local fishing nets and the beautiful Shore Temple to fill the frame.
Another favourite spot for shoots at Mahabs is the Shore Temple itself. With a minimal entry fee, get some awesome shots at this classic monument by the sea.
Everyone loves some sun and sand for their shoots. And Chennai’s East Coast Road has the prettiest and cleaner beaches for couples hunting for sun-kissed spots. Two of the most recommended locations are VGP & Juhu Beach. Flaunt your white gowns, suits and flowery dresses by clear waters and blue skies at these beaches. On the other side are also a row of trees and walls to get more memorable shots and amazing silhouette pictures. ECR streets can also be checked out for capturing the colours of the local setting.
Whether you want it for a shoot or for the entire wedding, Rina’s Venue, a traditional Chettinad house located in the heart of the East Coast Road, is easily one of the prettiest locations in town. Located right behind the ISKCON Temple on Akkarai, this place is definitely a lovely choice for a dreamy wedding. The 6,000 sq ft property can be rented out at about INR 2,50,000 plus taxes for 24 hours, and you could celebrate more than just one occasion at this vast courtyard.
Feel like you are a part of jameen parambarai at Miththam, a 12,000 sq feet event space on ECR. Feel like you belong to a scene from Dum Dum Dum, with huge open spaces, antique furniture, and vintage vibes. The house also has a lawn, a large portico (seats 70 people) with an oonjal, antique Kerala-style door, and a courtyard (seats 200 people). Good enough for some memorable pictures, eh?
Located about 29 kilometres from Chennai, between Navalur and Semmencheri lies a secret quarry that's perfect for those pre-wedding couple shoots. At the Ottiambakkam Quarry, you'll find cliffs as well as a little water body in the valley too. The area is not very well known, so you can have a nice long photo-shoot without random people photo-bombing your special moments.
Chetpet Eco Park
This eco-park bang in the middle of Chetpet is quite scenic during the golden photography hour in the evening. With the lake in the background, you can also capture little ducks swimming or waddling around the perimeter. The bamboo wooden fence that skirts the lake provides for a vintage background and gives off Ooty vibes.
Located in our very own Besant Nagar, this track is another one of the scenic, isolated spots that are perfect for uninterrupted photography. With the backwaters on both sides of the bridge and a lush green cover surrounding the area, this spot looks like a scene from somewhere in Europe. The best time to go here is in the evenings during the sunset. It's the best place to capture candid moments because the setting is so relaxing the nervousness and consciousness of being in front of the lens will melt away.
This nature park bang in the middle of the city is full of settings that are perfect to bring out the love. With green archways and tall 80-year-old trees, Semmozhi Poonga is the place to go if you want to keep it all natural. The picturesque winding stone pathway gives off a very fairytale vibe, and the little pond at the middle of the park has some cute wooden benches for those cosy, intimate pics.
- Upwards: ₹ 10
The Secret Garden
This beach-facing estate in Thiruvanmiyur has been built solely to help photographers capture the perfect shots. A stunning garden space with colourful, floral arrangements, a walkaway with emerald green creepers, an indoor space furnished with antique accents, a pool for underwater photography - this place has it all. There's also a private road and lighting fixtures to help you fake those sunrise shots like a total boss!
This place is famous for capturing the beauty of Rajasthan through the fair-like colourful ambience it has created for visitors. And now, you can capture those colours and fun moments with your partner-to-be for a price of INR 8500. This includes access to everything right from activities and food to performances and more.
The Napier Bridge is one of the oldest and among the most iconic bridges in Chennai. And when lit in the night, it makes for an extraordinary element for pre-wedding shoots. The view from the bridge is breathtaking as well. You can use it as a backdrop or capture the sunrise there in your pictures. Just make sure you schedule your shoot in the wee hours of the morning to avoid traffic or late in the night to capture the beauty of the bridge when its lit.
Among the most popular lakefronts in Chennai, Muttukadu Lake presents a stunning landscape when the sunsets and the backwaters take on a golden hue. With boating, eateries dotting the place and entertainment around the area, you can capture shots that are full of fun-filled memories.