Create The Perfect Picture: 21 Best Places For A Romantic Pre-Wedding Shoot

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Pre-wedding shoots have become a staple for soon to be wedded couples. It's one of the most exciting parts of the wedding shenanigans, giving you some time to bond before the wedding madness begins. Apart from getting a good photographer, it is equally important to have a backdrop that can get you those dreamy, romantic shots. From conceptual photo shoots to theme-based ones, here are the 21 best places for a pre-wedding photo shoot in Hyderabad.

Fort Grand Resorts

Spread across 18 acres, this resort in Shamshabad is a big hit for pre-wedding shoots. With luxurious fountains to sprawling lawns and grand corridors with the backdrop of a fort-like building—we bet your pre-wedding photos will turn out super grand.

Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM; closed on Sunday

Permission Cost: INR 75,000

Land of Love

With more than 25 sets curated by the city’s top cinematographers and over 1,200 frame blocks, Land of Love is a one-stop solution for all sorts of photoshoots. Their sets range from international settings such as the Parisian streets and Portuguese homes to regal Indian ones like the Sheesh Mahal and Podharillu countryside, giving you a ton of options to choose from, no matter what the vibe of your pre-wedding shoot is. The studio is also well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities enough for even big-scale productions like films and web-series.

Chowmahalla Palace

This is one of the most visited pre-wedding locations thanks to its beautiful architecture which manifests the Nizami culture. With its rich historical past, royal structure, and lush green gardens, Chowmahalla Palace is nothing less than a dream. So, if you haven't been here, trust us, this palace has all the subtle royal elements to add extra magic to your pre-wedding pictures. 

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM; closed on Fridays

Ramoji Film City

Tour the film city and get clicked while you’re at it! From international cityscapes to Mughal gardens and even the Hawa Mahal, Ramoji Film City is the destination for adventure-loving couples who want their pre-wedding photo stories to have a little bit of everything. Fountains, caves, Japanese Gardens, and film sets—plan your theme photo shoot right now. Access to these locations has been restricted, so you'd have to pre-book your slots with the team. 

Timings: 9 AM to 8 PM

Cost: INR 60,000 Upwards for four hours 

Taramati Baradari

The grandeur of this historical monument near Golconda Fort is like no other. With a legendary love story behind this structure and the medieval architecture giving photographers stunning frames, Taramati Baradari is a top choice amongst city folk for a shoot. We suggest carrying outfits both subtle and festive as this place gives you backdrops for both moods, with its magnificent corridors and a swimming pool. Also, wait until sunset and ask your photographer to click a soulful classic silhouette, as the contour of the arcs here is strikingly beautiful.

Timings: 11 AM to 6 PM

Ameenpur Lake

Having recently become a bio-diversity heritage site, the first of its kind for a lake—this place is a great attraction for bird photographers. But, come evening, portrait photographers are here doing pre-wedding shoots. Be careful here though, as beautiful as this place is, it does have lots of birds and animals, so make sure you stay out of their way.

Charminar

This is one of the most historic and most recognised monuments of our country and obviously, the cultural icon of Hyderabad. Plus, this 400-year-old architectural masterpiece is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Cutting short, Charminar can set a background that won't let you take your eyes off it! It's immensely beautiful and easily captures the old charm. However, it is always crowded. So, the best time to go for the shoot would be in the morning.

Timings: 9 AM to 5:30 PM

Aalankrita Resort

With a wide array of entertaining and luxury activities, Aalankrita Resort will leave you mesmerised by its space. Lush in greenery with an abundance of manicured lawns, the resort has the ambience of a heritage site and the ethnicity of the times gone by. It's perfect if you live around Secunderabad, since the drive is fairly close by. 

Timings: Open 24 hours

Permission Cost: INR 11,000 onwards

Lotus Pond

Have you dreamt of a lakeside romantic snapshot for your pre-wedding? Look no more! Lotus Pond in MLA Colony in Jubilee Hills is the place for you. A collection of flora and fauna surrounds the pond and the lush greenery offers a refreshing touch of nature. This place works best for photographers wanting to play around with natural light and make use of elements in nature for their storytelling. For couples, it makes for a calm setting so you can be comfortable in front of the camera and get those moments into the frame.

Timings: 6–10 AM, 4–6 PM

The Hidden Castle

This place is exactly what adventure and nature lovers dream of. And if you are one of these people, you have to do your pre-wedding shoot here. The Hidden Castle is a unique castle-themed resort that is a short drive from the city. Be it the accommodation corridor or the lobby, their gardens, or the night view, this place will give you a lot of spots and setups to capture all your special moments.

Timings: Open 24 hours

Cost: INR 25,000 onwards

Golconda Fort

Built by the Qutb Shahi dynasty, Golconda Fort is arguably the best pre-wedding shoot location in Hyderabad. This magnificent fortress is known for its stunning architecture and unmatched grandeur and makes for the perfect backdrop for your pictures. One of the complexes here offers a beautiful view of the city's skyline that takes your breath away during sunset, making it the best time for your shoot.

Timings: 9 AM to 5:30 PM

Cost: INR 1,000

Botanical Garden

Spread across 120 acres in the Kothaguda Reserve Forest, located near HITEC City, Hyderabad Botanical Garden has become a favourite among couples and photographers alike. Flourished with a lush Bougainvillaea flower garden, rock formations, and sprawling meadows, it makes for the perfect natural and romantic setting to get your pictures clicked.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Cost: INR 4,000 for six hours

Qutb Shahi Tombs

Located about 1 km away from the north of Golconda Fort, Qutb Shahi Tombs are an architectural wonder and a photographer's paradise. The tombs boast of intricate stonework and Persian, Hindu, and Pashtun styles of architecture, forming a gorgeous background for your pictures. At sunset, the tombs are another kind of marvel, so plan your shoot accordingly.

Timings: 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM

The Mayabazar

Situated in Shamshabad, about 34 km away from Hyderabad, The Mayabazar is one of our top choices for a pre-wedding shoot in the city. The studio is known for its tailor-made sets, ranging from wall murals to royal palaces, and has over 25 exquisite sets dedicated to photo shoots. We like how all their sets are thoughtfully designed, keeping in mind the mood and aesthetics.

Timings: 5 AM to 9 PM

Cost: INR 25,000 onwards

Laknavaram Lake

If you don't mind travelling a few hours, we recommend heading to the Laknavaram lake to make a trip out of your photoshoot days. The hanging bridge over the lake is where you can get some stunning shots of you and your boo. While you're there, you can also indulge in bird watching, kayaking, stargazing, bonfire nights, and camping. Do check the weather forecast and the prevailing weather conditions before heading there, since the lake tends to overflow during the monsoon season. 

Nizam Film City

Nizam film city claims to be the biggest air conditioned studio for pre wedding shoots in Hyderabad with forty set themes spread across a five acre property. From minimal to rustic to traditional South Indian, there are several sets here that'll let your imagination run wild. We recommend conducting a recce at the spot to pre-decide on which sets you'll be using, since there's a huge variety to choose from. While they do have caravans on rent, they also have green rooms right next to the sets to save you the tedious walk. And even though there are numerous indoor sets here, the outdoor ones like the palace and a European style villa caught our eye. 

 Cost: INR 25,000 for 8 hours 

Somasila

Known as the Maldives of Telangana, Somasila is known for its beautiful row cottages overlooking the panoramic view of the Krishna river. We recommend booking the cottages at the Haritha resort and starting your shoot in the early hours of the morning. Take advantage of the beautiful coracle rides, and you're sure to come back with stunning images. 

Chirala

Looking for the nearest beach destination around Hyderabad? Head to the Chirala beach in the early hours of the morning while the fishermen set out to sail. The beach here is truly stunning and tranquil, and you can book your stay at the Sea Breeze Resorts (where you can also get some shots.) As the day goes by, the beach gets slightly crowded, so we recommend timing it in the early morning hours. 

Taj Falaknuma Palace

Nothing speaks of royalty more than the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad. The heritage property has a lot to offer, right from the absolutely stunning staircases, ballrooms and of course, the panoramic city view. If you have the budget for it, and would like to encompass Hyderabad's most royal sights in your shoot, there's no better place than the Falaknuma palace. We recommend starting your shoot mid-afternoon so you can catch the golden hour as well. Prior permissions need to be taken before heading there with your team. 

Cost: INR 200000 for three hours 

British Residency

Formerly a part of the Koti Women's College, the British Residency has been restored to its former glory, complete with the ballroom and the iconic staircase. Get some shots on the stairway leading up to the building, or at the Durbar Hall. The 216 year old monument photographs supremely well, which is probably why you may have spotted it in several movies as well. 

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM

Ramappa Temple

Several couples choose the Ramappa Temple, a UNESCO heritage site and the Thousand Pillar Temple at Warangal for their stunning architecture. Both the temples are a few centuries old, are iconic and hold immense historic significance to Telangana. If you're picking the spots for your shoot, we recommend heading there during off season and early hours, so you can shoot at leisure without any disturbances, or disturbing the other tourists. Since they're such significant monuments, it's best to be as careful as you can while you're shooting there. 
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