Start Your ‘Happily Forever After’ In These Stunning Wedding Venues in the Philippines
For most couples who are tying the knot, putting together their dream wedding can be a stressful endeavour. It’s no wonder why wedding event coordinators are in demand to fulfil this growing need. Bride-to-be‘s are very particular especially when it comes to choosing the best place for their wedding ceremony and reception. While the final choice may depend on the couple’s preference and taste, one deciding factor is how the stunning and beautiful the venue can be.
From Metro Manila and its environs to more exotic locations in the Philippines, here is our list of stunning wedding venues where you can exchange your “I do’s” and start living your “happily ever after.”
Around Metro Manila: Old Reliable Venues, Some New
1. Paco Park
Right in the middle of the city of Manila is Paco Park, a garden and park that also has a small chapel. St. Pancratius Chapel is located inside the walls of the park, which is circular in shape. Originally designed as a fortified cemetery for the municipality, it now serves as a recreational area for residents and locals.
It continues to be a popular venue for weddings not only for its unique aesthetics but also for its affordability when compared to the big churches in Manila. The church can comfortably fit up to 150 guests in its air-conditioned chapel. Wedding receptions are usually done in nearby venues like Casa Manila in Intramuros or Palacio del Maynila.
- Paco Park is located in 959 San Marcelino St., Belen, Paco, Manila.
- Inquiries and reservations can be made through their office: (632) 525-7853.
2. San Agustin Church and Padre Blanco Gardens
How would you like to exchange your “I do’s” in the country’s oldest church? Constructed in 1607, it is one of the four churches that are considered to be UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines. San Agustin Church is found in the city of Manila and is renowned for its Baroque architecture. The church’s interiors are quite impressive, with a set of 16 chandeliers from France, a grand pipe organ, and a baroque pulpit and more other details.
Located within the historic walled city of Intramuros, you will have many choices for a reception. Or you can always just do the reception at the adjacent Fr. Blanco’s Gardens. This was a former monastery which was converted into a garden. It is named after Fr. Manuel Blanco who is said to have compiled the first list of Philippine plants, published as Flora de Filipinas. If the couple is a pair history buffs, this wedding will surely be a dream come true.
3. Sofitel Philippine Plaza
You don’t need to venture out of Metro Manila to have your dream beach wedding. You can have it right at Manila Bay at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Hotel. Located within the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the hotel has a more than ideal spot for a wedding by the bay. The hotel offers wedding packages by the bay, followed by a grand reception inside the hotel.
The best time for your wedding can be before or during the famous Manila Bay sunset. You will surely get a picture-perfect nuptial, not to mention some of the best reception food in the metro. Check out their wedding packages for that worry-free beach wedding now.
4. Las Casas Quezon City
Stunning is the best word to describe this 1960’s mansion that has been restored to its full art deco splendour. Las Casas in Quezon City is another masterpiece of builder Jerry Acuzar, who is also known for his heritage project in Bataan, the Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar. Like his Bataan project, he gives the public a wonderful glimpse at the beauty of our heritage through this restoration.
The house interiors is a marvel, with its intricate floorboards, a grand staircase and a marble floor foyer. You can have the reception here, but the wedding ceremony will be better at the courtyard, with its manicured gardens and stunning red brick walls. You don’t have to worry about the food as it is prepared by one of the Philippine’s greatest chefs, Margarita Forres. It is located along Roosevelt Avenue in Quezon City.
5. White Space Manila
Want to get creative with ideas for your wedding? Nothing beats having your own blank canvass to work on. This is what the events place White Space Manila promises to give you. With this place’s white walls and high ceilings, you can do almost anything. The only limit is your imagination.
Flexibility is what White Space offers you. Whether you want to have a simple yet elegant wedding reception or a grand and very ornate one, you can have it here. Located along Don Chino Roces Avenue in Makati City, it is accessible to several churches which means your guests can easily find it. It also offers several sizes of venues, including one that is good for intimate gatherings with family and friends.
Outside of Manila: Venues that are Worth the Travel
1. Calaruega Church, Nasugbu, Batangas
Also known as the Transfiguration Chapel, this picturesque red brick church is located in the town of Nasugbu, Batangas. The church is situated on a hill, thus giving visitors a cooler climate much like the summer destination nearby Tagaytay. From Manila, travel time takes between 3 to 4 hours depending on the traffic situation. Aside from being a popular wedding venue, it is also popular among tourists and those who wish to take some quiet time for a religious retreat.
One can choose to exchange vows in the main chapel, where a beautiful altar with stained glass windows greet you as you enter. Or one can also enjoy a wedding in the outdoors, at the tent chapel. The church compound itself is stunning, which features a koi pond, a hanging bridge and a garden cafe.
2. Sonya’s Garden, Tagaytay
Fancy a garden wedding amidst lots of flowers and greenery? Sonya’s Garden is the perfect place for you. This favourite wedding venue is reachable via a 3 to 4-hour land travel from Metro Manila. Not only does it feature beautiful garden views, nooks and crannies, it also serves up healthy and organic fare for its guests. Imagine feasting on a buffet of pasta, salad and freshly baked bread for your wedding reception. Health buffs will surely love it here.
Couples can also choose to spend their honeymoon here, as the venue also has a bed and breakfast. There is a wedding package that includes an overnight stay at the cosy honeymoon cottage, which includes a full breakfast of course. If you want to take relaxation to the next level, you can avail of their spa packages that you can enjoy as a couple.
3. Amanpulo, Pamalican Island, Palawan
If you are looking for a private place for the perfect beach wedding, the luxury resort of Amanpulo is your best bet. This high-end resort prides itself in providing exclusivity to its guests, making it a favourite among celebrities. But if you have the resources to spare, nothing beats exchanging vows on the white sand beach and enjoying a cool wedding reception beachside.
From Manila, Amanpulo is only 1 hour and 10 minutes by air. Daily flights are available which take you directly to the island itself. Once on the island, you and your wedding guests can enjoy many activities in the resort. Or you can choose to just lounge around before the wedding. Newly-weds can definitely choose to stay an extra night or two after the wedding for a more intimate celebration.
Start Your New Life Right
As far as dream weddings go, this list of some of the best wedding venues will take you one step closer to that picture-perfect ceremony. Whether you prefer the outdoors, the beach, banquet halls or historic venues, the best way to start your new life together is to find a place that fits your taste and preference.
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