I love my job as a Ho Chi Minh wedding photographer and have been lucky to work at some of the best wedding venues in Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh City is my base in Vietnam and I can never get enough of this amazing city. Situated on the South Eastern region, the city surrounds the famous Saigon River. It has a buzzing cosmopolitan vibe. It’s rich history and vibrant economy has given it a fascinating landscape, with classic French architecture sitting alongside sleek skyscrapers.
I love bold cityscape images and epic portraits, Ho Chi Minh City delivers the perfect backdrops for both and I have the city to thank for much of the acclaim and international recognition I have earned as an award-winning photographer. And whilst awards are always gratifying, knowing I’ve created something amazing for my couples is what motivates me.
After the sun sets, the city really comes to life, the river is lit and can be viewed from the many rooftop bars and restaurants all around the city. There’s live music, clubs, street cafes, endless tea and coffee shops and night markets. You can take an evening cruise along the Saigon River, or watch a cultural show at the Saigon Opera House.
With so much to see and do in such a vibrant and colourful city. Ho Chi Minh City is a fantastic location for a pre-wedding photoshoot. And as a resident of the city, I can use my insight to show you the best locations, customs, culture and food. Acting as a tour guide as well as a photographer, I will leave you with some amazing memories and a set of simply stunning images of the two of you.
Planning a Wedding in Ho Chi Minh City
It won’t surprise you to learn that Ho Chi Minh City is the perfect location for a destination wedding. Imagine bringing all of your favourite people on your own bespoke wedding adventure in Ho Chi Minh City. Just think how excited you would all be looking forward to it.
As an experienced destination wedding photographer, I have captured many destination weddings in the city. I also have established working relationships with all the very best venues and other wedding industry professionals in the city.
Whether you want to go all out for urban, sleek and modern, or choose something traditional and cultured, maybe even have a Vietnamese Tea Ceremony. Or combine the two in a gorgeous fusion. There’s so much choice that you can have your wedding, done your way at in Ho Chin Minh City.
And organising it doesn’t need to feel daunting, planning a destination wedding can be fun, especially if you use a reputable wedding planner who can create a bespoke itinerary, take care of travel arrangements, do all of your guest administration and help you find the perfect location for your wedding.
Choosing Your Wedding Venue in Ho Chi Minh City
Which brings me neatly to talking about the best wedding venues in Ho Chi Minh City. And there are plenty to choose from. Whether you’re looking for urban luxury in a modern hotel, a rustic riverside retreat, lush green garden ceremonies or grand ballroom celebrations. When it comes to Ho Chi Minh City wedding venues, there really is something for everyone.
With so many wedding venues to choose from, it wasn’t easy to shortlist my favourites. But I’ve managed it - so here they are:
1. Gem Center
The largest event hall space in the city. Gem Centre is in the central area of District 1. This hanger style space has state of the art lighting and sound systems, and a ceiling designed to hang stunning flower and light arrangements. It’s the perfect match for my style of epic wedding photography. When I document weddings at Gem Center, I am always blown away by my first glimpse of the space all dressed and ready for the celebration.
2. Park Hyatt Saigon
If you’re looking for five-star urban luxury for your wedding then Park Hyatt Saigon is for you. For intimate weddings they offer their Pool House and for larger celebrations their elegant ballroom. You can choose to have either an Asian or a western menu, with all food prepared by their world class restaurant kitchen. And with guest accommodation covered, Park Hyatt Saigon is the perfect base for a destination wedding.
3. An Lam Retreats
An Lam Retreat describe themselves as offering ‘barefoot luxury and rustic yet chic weddings.’ And as an experienced Anlam Retreat wedding photographer, I have to say it perfectly describes the vibe of this beautiful retreat tucked away on the banks of the Saigon River. When I capture weddings at An Lam Retreat, I love capturing outdoor ceremonies in their utterly stunning lush green gardens.
4. Hotel Nikko
For a chic and modern wedding venue in the heart of the city, Hotel Nikko is hard to beat. Hotel Nikko offer two spaces for weddings. First is their gorgeous Nikko Garden which is ideal for romantic outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions. Or if you’re looking for unabashed splendour then you should take a look at their opulent origami ballroom that can accommodate up to 300 guests. Whichever you choose expect first class service and exquisite food.
5. Mia Saigon Luxury Boutique Hotel
Mia Saigon Luxury Boutique Hotel is a private urban sanctuary. Stylish and luxurious it sits on the banks of the tranquil Saigon River in the fashionable Thu Duc City area. The hotel’s stylish interiors are inspired by a wonderful blend of Indochina and Art Deco influences. When photographing weddings at Mia Saigon Luxury Boutique Hotel, I love the uber laid back styling and unbeatable views of the serene Saigon River. And lit up after dark, it looks magical.
6. Lavelle Library
There is nowhere else on earth quite like Lavelle Library. This lifestyle, social and dining space brings together people art and nature. Creating the most photogenic interiors imaginable. Their talented team create beautiful bespoke weddings for 20 – 100 guests. If you’re looking for a wedding in chic surroundings, that celebrates the best of art and nature then Lavelle is for you. Also, the food there is simply amazing!
So, if you’re planning your wedding in Ho Chi Minh City right now, or are still entertaining the idea of a Ho Chi Minh City wedding, then I hope this has been helpful to you. Have fun planning your wedding and when you’ve found that perfect Ho Chi Minh City wedding venue, you’ll be looking for an experienced Ho Chi Minh City wedding photographer. Feel free to get in touch.
I’d love to hear about your wedding plans…
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