A pre-wedding destination is very much like the prequel to your honeymoon. For couple going on a pre-wedding destination for photoshoot, it signifies a milestone in relationship that cannot be recreated despite other many holiday opportunities you may have in the future.
For that reason, it’s no exaggeration if you want to be extra selective and really make the best out of your pre-wedding destination. To help you with that, here’s a guide on how to choose your pre-wedding destination ala SweetEscape:
A pre-wedding destination doesn’t always have to be somewhere new where you haven’t been to before. Sometimes, the best place in the world is the one where you have the most memories with your loved one! For example, the city where you both went to study in and fell in love with each other, the last destination that speaks so much to both of you, or that meaningful place where you have many heart-to-heart talks. Any destination come to mind yet?
If you’re lusting for a specific destination all your life, then it’s time to make it happen as your pre-wedding location! Going on a pre-wedding is always about making new memories, so while you are getting your pictures taken or when it’s all wrapped up, adventure awaits for you with places to explore. It’s basically getting two things done at the same time - having fabulous pictures taken and crossing a place off of your bucket list.
Your pre-wedding pictures should be one of the most perfect mementos of a lifetime. Naturally, you want all pictures to be filled of happy memories and the right place will do just that. If you are a city gal rather than beach lover, then it’s more recommended to show you at your best mood in the place you relate the most. So think again, what is the place that best describes you? Or what is your most ideal holiday destination? The answer that pops out is going to be a sure winner!
If you’re a nature buff looking for a breathtaking backdrop (think picturesque mountains with gorgeous skyline or the most calming lake with the bluest waters), then it’s always a good idea to hunt for the most instagrammable location for your pre-wedding destination. We believe that natural sceneries have no expiry date and will always look amazing for many years to come. Now isn’t that going to be the most worthy pre-wedding destination ever?
As cliche as it sounds, sometimes it’s not the destination that matters but who you’re going with. You can be on a budget and pick the nearest beautiful city somewhere in the country. You can also be going on a splurge to somewhere foreign and exotic for that once-in-a-lifetime experience. What matters is you’re with that special someone and a reliable photographer that you can count on.
Did you know that SweetEscape is available in over 400 cities all around the world? You are now connected to the most reliable network of professional photographers who know each destination like the back of their hands! Moreover, these are the people who know just what it takes to create memories through pictures that speak beyond words and last forever. So wherever your pre-wedding destination is, bring SweetEscape along with you!
Who would ever travel to a city that's probably more than a thousand miles away from her hometown? Well, if you've got spare time, budget, and a penchant for unique and interesting experiences like Cecil Xu, then, why not?
As someone who's lucky enough to be able to set foot in Los Angeles for three times already, Cecil Xu, an Indonesian social media influencer, gives us a hint: It's a totally different feeling compared to Europe — the sight of the Hollywood sign alone makes a trip to this southern California city worthy enough to save up for.
Instagram-famous for her hashtags #thewayxulives and #xutravelingdiary, Cecil shares with us her top travel tips that best apply to your first or next trip to Los Angeles:
Especially if you're going on a long vacation, avoid bringing too many clothes and pack neutral-colored clothes instead. Just as how Cecil does, she wears nude, white, or black clothes that may be paired with other pieces of clothing. In that way, people may not notice that you've repeated them, especially if you're that conscious of your fashion style.
For winter, it's best to bring a versatile and comfortable coat. Bringing too many may eat up your luggage space. Besides, you don't need a bulky coat to hide your OOTDs, right?
You don't want a travel photo ruined by shopping bags on your hands, right? Save yourself from the hassle of carrying too much stuff as you roam around the city. Cecil, on her travels, does shopping at the end of her trips, including buying new luggages.
Especially for your trip to Los Angeles, the city of stars:
If you're looking for a place to chill for downtime, this one's for you. Cecil, together with her family, enjoys sunsets in Santa Monica Beach, which is a famous spot in LA. Everything's here — hotdog stands, lively beachside, classic carnival rides, snack shacks — which give romantic and fun vibes at the same time.
If you're ever too shy to strike poses in known landmarks in LA, then what else did you fly for? Well, admit it, photos make the experience more memorable. As Cecil suggests, her top LA spots that you should also visit are Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the famous palm tree-lined streets of Beverly Hills, and the OUE Skyspace.
For Cecil, it's her sister, Isable, who she usually travels with. For her, it is really important to bring someone who you enjoy being with and who you trust because you will never worry about where to eat, which places to visit, or on which angle you look better in.
To inspire you more, here are a few snaps from her recent trip to Los Angeles:
For this trip, SweetEscape has joined Cecil Xu as she explored the cinematic cityscapes and vibrant neighborhoods of LA. If you're planning to visit this city as well, book a session with us and never worry about saving all those priceless memories — let a SweetEscape professional photographer do that for you.
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