Most brides have their dream churches. While others don’t. Personally, I didn’t have a dream church because I wasn’t so keen on having a church wedding prior to getting married. I was more inclined to having an intimate garden wedding, which didn’t happen because we got married in a Roman Catholic Church. But I wouldn’t have it otherwise because looking back now, I realized that it’s not really the place that matters but the person you’re going to marry.
But if you’re still bent on looking for the perfect church that fits your requirement below is a list that I have compiled from the internet. Most information are still updated as of 2010.
Malate Catholic Church (Malate, Manila)
This is our church!
The Malate Catholic Church is one of the oldest in the country, having been built by the Augustinian friars in the 16th century. It was damaged several times over the past 400 years, but the structure that stands today was rebuilt in the exact same spot where the original church was built. If you plan to have your wedding early on a weekday morning (9 am), the wedding rate is PhP4000, provided you have a maximum of four pairs of sponsors.
If you’re also excited to raise a family, consider heading down to Malate Catholic Church. Built in honor of the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios (Our Lady of Remedies), the patroness of childbirth, Malate Catholic Church is one of the famed choices for marrying couples. Its long aisle would suit you if you like drama. The church’s baroque-style structure and white walls bordered with golden accents make for a clean, classy look. If your guests will arrive early, remind them to bring fans because the church’s electric fans will be turned on only during the ceremony. In any case, all church doors will be open, so the wind blowing through the church can provide proper ventilation. And since the vicinity of the church is lined with bars and restaurants, it would be best to schedule a wedding early in the morning to avoid the noise from such establishments.
Address: 2000, M.H. Del Pilar St., Malate, Manila
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Php4,000 (9AM weddings w/ 4 principal sponsors only),
Php9,000 (weekday weddings w/ 6 principal sponsors only),
PhP12,000 (weekend weddings until 2PM w/ 6 principal sponsors only),
PhP15,000 (weekend weddings until 2PM w/ unlimited number of principal sponsors),
Php18,000 (weekend weddings, 4PM onwards w/ unlimited number of principal sponsors)
Optional Fee: Php300 for each spotlight
all packages includes flowers, carpet, organist, soloist and pre-cana seminar; use of church for 1.5 hours
Contact Information: 400-5876-77; 523-2593; 524-6866; www.malatecatholicchurch.org
St. Pancratius Chapel (Paco Park, Manila)
Maximum capacity: 150 pax
Are you holding a small, intimate wedding? Then St. Pancratius Chapel also known as Paco Chapel, will suit your wedding church needs. This small, airconditioned, dome-shaped chapel lies at the center of the elliptical Paco Park. Located inside the historical Paco Park, St. Pancratius Chapel is a delightful surprise deep within the heart of Manila.
The chapel looks like a romantic, old Spanish-style structure with gardens all around and a big water fountain in front. The garden grounds and walls make a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos. The history of the place make for a great conversation, too; Paco Park used to be a cemetery where great names in history–such as the GomBurZa and Dr. Jose Rizal–were once interred. But don’t worry; it’s been converted purely into a national park since 1966.
The fountain in front of the church will add serenity to your wedding. The entourage’s walk will start from the entrance of the park and will lead all the way to the altar. The simple interiors of the chapel make its adornments brighter. Advise your guests to be early because parking spaces are only outside the park. Ask them to prepare some change for the parking boys who will watch over the cars.
Rental Fee: PhP15,000 (includes flower arrangement, red carpet and priest)
Contact Information: 525-7853 or 524-2022 loc 119
General Luna St. Padre Faura St. Paco, Manila
Phone: (02) 525-7853
Manila Cathedral (Intramuros, Manila)
If you and your husband-to-be are sentimental, then the historic spot of Intramuros might just be the place for you. It houses ancient churches that have survived the test of time, which includes the Manila Cathedral. The cathedral is known for its main altar, which pays homage to the Immaculate Conception. Like in any church, ventilation is a concern. Manila Cathedral has air-conditioning, but such an amenity will depend on the wedding package you choose. In case you find it costly to avail of the package with air-con, remind your guests to bring fans. Or better yet, provide your guests with nice, fancy fans that can already serve as your wedding giveaway!
Rental fee: PhP5,000-PhP40,000 (depending on wedding package chosen)
Contact information: http://manilacathedral.org/weddings/weddings.htm
San Agustin Church (Intramuros, Manila)
Another church in Intramuros that boasts of ornate design and structure is the San Agustin Church. With its baroque architecture, this old stone church will be a great backdrop to your wedding ceremony. Adorning the church ceiling is a trompe l’oeil painting which can make any bride’s walk down the aisle dreamy and majestic! Make your reservations a year before your planned wedding date, since San Agustin is one of the most sought-after wedding churches in the metro. As a world heritage site, anticipate that there will be onlookers during your wedding. Assign good wedding ushers to assure the solemnity of your ceremony. There’s no need to worry about parking because the church grounds has enough parking space.
Rental Fee: PhP23,000 (includes simple flower arrangement, carpet, organist and singer)
Contact Information: 527-4052; 527-2746; 338-2091
San Sebastian Church (Quiapo, Manila)
Want to break away from the traditional stone churches? Then consider the San Sebastian Church. Found amidst the busy streets of Quiapo, this unique structure stands out. Being made entirely of steel, and flaunting Gothic architecture, the church will provide an interesting backdrop for your wedding. The warm, intricate adornments inside the church, plus the elaborate stained glass windows, will make your wedding photos look like renaissance paintings. Since it can be warm inside the church, it is best to hold your wedding here when the weather is cool. December is the peak month. Advise your guests to come early to secure a slot in the first come-first served parking space nearby.
Rental Fee: PhP20,000 (includes flowers, carpet, church coordinator, soloist, organist, and priest)
Contact Information: 734-8908
Santisimo Rosario Parish Church (UST Chapel)
We have also considered this church since this is my husband’s alma mater and the chapel is tucked inside the university making the ceremony more private. But they require couples to submit all required wedding documents 6 mos. before the wedding day so we had to let it go.
University of Santo Tomas, España St., Manila
Established in 1942, this was one of the first churches in the Philippines to be built within a university. Now equipped with air-conditioning, this venue is a sentimental favorite of the Thomasian community, as well as for those who want a solemn ceremony before heading off to nearby reception venues in Manila.
Rental Fee: Php15,000, Php12,000 if one of the couple is an alumnus (w/ aircon)
Nuestra Señora de Guia, (Ermita Catholic Church, Ermita, Manila)
Rental Fee: not sure if Php12,000 or Php15,000 (w/o aircon)
Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz (Binondo Catholic Church, Binondo Manila)
Rental Fee: Php12,000 w/o aircon
Santuario de San Jose (Greenhills, Mandaluyong)
One of the new top choices of marrying couples is the Santuario de San Jose. Compared to the previous churches that offer rich, historical grandeur, this church holds a welcoming ambiance that entices couples. Its interior is noted for its mix of gold and wooden accents. Its modern façade is perfect for wedding photos. A small garden by its entrance may also be used as a nice waiting area for guests.
Since it is found in an exclusive subdivision in Greenhills, you can be assured that your ceremony will be kept solemn. Around the church, security guards are assigned to manage the flow of people who come around the vicinity of the church. Such a setting will surely make your wedding day free of worries!
Rental fee: PhP25,000 w/ aircon; Php 18,000 w/o aircon (includes flowers, carpet, soloist, organist)
Contact Information: 725-2044
Christ the King (Green Meadows, Mandaluyong)
Known for its modern pyramid-like structure, Christ the King church has become one of the new sought-after wedding churches. The clear glass walls of the church lets the sun shine through, so a morning ceremony would look great in photos. The altar area is also pretty spacious; this could facilitate those big family shots! Christ the King is noted as an ideal church for big weddings. It has a wide parking space and a driveway to the entrance of the church. Since it is in the Greenhills area, you’ll have an easier time looking for a reception area nearby.
Rental Fee: PhP25,000 (use of aircon, flower arrangement/ decoration, choir)
Contact Information: 633-0280
Mary the Queen of Peace Shrine (EDSA Shrine)
The EDSA shrine stands to commemorate the peaceful and bloodless People Power Revolution of 1986, where participants in the revolution prayed for Mother Mary’s intercession. Today, masses are held regularly at the shrine, as well as weddings. The rate for weddings at the Mary Queen of Peace Shrine is PhP5000, inclusive of the priest’s services, air conditioning and carpet.
Address: EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave., Quezon City
Tel. No.: 631-5734
Villa San Miguel (small chapel)
Also known as the Archbishop’s Palace, the Villa San Miguel was once closed to weddings. But since it was reopened to weddings, it has become a popular venue. The small chapel is not air-conditioned and can hold up to 70 people, and the lawn outside is ideal for picture-taking. Booking a wedding in the small chapel costs about PhP2500.
Address: Archbishop’s Palace, 438 Shaw Boulevard cor. E. Rodriguez Avenue, Mandaluyong
Tel. No.: 531-6150/ 531-7069
Mary, Queen of the Apostles Parish (Sucat, Parañaque)
Situated far from the busy city in Sucat, Paranaque, the Mary, Queen of Apostles Parish is perfect for quiet and intimate ceremonies. It’s not air conditioned, but the circular structure’s metal grill walls are surrounded by trees and landscaped gardens, allowing the breeze to pass through. The fee for a wedding ceremony is PhP2000 for parishioners and PhP5500 for non-parishioners.
Address: San Antonio Valley 6, Sucat, Parañaque City
Tel. No.: 826-5315
E-mail Address: email@example.com
Mary Help of Christians National Shrine (Parañaque City)
This is a big church inside a subdivision. The church has a lot of restrictions though like you cannot get non-Catholic principal sponsors and entourage. Bearers and Flower Girls should be above 5 y/o.
Address: Better Living Subd., Parañaque City
Rental Fee: Php15,000
San Antonio de Padua Parish (Parañaque City)
A nice small chapel inside San Antonio Valley 1 right across Parañaque City Hall.
San Antonio Valley I, Pque. City
Rental Fee: Php8,000 inclusive of flowers, red carpet and priest
Contact Number: 826-8877/826-2211
Jesus the Divine Healer Parish
Tahanan Village, Pque. City
Contact Number: 809-0978
Resurrection of Our Lord Parish
BF Homes Phase I, Pque. City
Contact Number: 842-5434
Presentation of the Child Jesus Parish
BF Homes Phase III, Pque. City
Contact Number: 825-4151
St. Andrew Cathedral (La Huerta, Parañaque City)
Formerly known as St. Andrew’s Parish, it is now the cathedral/mother church of the Diocese of Parañaque
Rental Fee: Php15,000 w/o aircon or 25,000 w/ aircon
St. Joseph Parish Church – Bamboo Organ
Mailing Address : Diego Cera Ave. Poblacion, Las Piñas City, Phillipines
Telephone Number : 632.820.0795 / 632.825.7190
Email Address : firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Immaculate Parish – Nature’s Church (Moonwalk, Las Piñas)
Rental Fee: Wedding fee is Php 6,500.00 for parishioners and Php 9,600 for non-parishioners. Package includes services of officiating priest (parishioners only), lector/commentator , choir , flowers (aisle and altar), venue, electricity and four (4) copies of wedding missallette.
Per parish policy, the Wedding Reception must be held and catered by the in-house caterer Nature’s Café.
St. Jerome Emiliani Parish (Ayala, Alabang)
Rental Fee: Php5,500 inclusive of carpet only
You can contact the parish through its main telephone number:  842-49-47. You can talk to Fr. Grato Germanetto, CRS the parish priest.
Parish of St. James the Great (Ayala Alabang Village)
Rental Fee: 20k for parishioners; 25k for non-parishioners
Nuestra Señora de Gracia Parish, (Guadalupe, Makati City)
Maximum capacity: 300 pax
If you don’t want to go all the way to Manila, perhaps Makati is a more convenient option. Nuestra Señora de Gracia Parish is an old Spanish-style church that is just the right size for a small wedding. The structure itself– found in Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City–gives the feel of a Church that almost belongs in Intramuros.
In Makati, venue options for intimate wedding receptions abound in the central business district. Note however, that the surroundings can be quite busy.
Rental Fee: Php13,000 w/o aircon
7440 Bernardino St. Guadalupe Viejo, Makati
Phone: (632) 895-9141, (632) 896-8444
San Antonio de Padua Parish (Calumpang Church)
A modern structure set on a hill overlooking the Marikina River, the Calumpang Church is a romantic setting for any wedding. Inside the church there is a mezzanine where the glass windows reach the ceiling, making it a light and airy venue. Without availing of the church’s flowers, carpet and choir, holding a wedding here will cost PhP3700.
Address: San Antonio St., Kalumpang, Marikina
Tel. No.: 682-1816
National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish
Dona Juana Rodriguez Ave., Broadway, New Manila, Quezon City
Formally consecrated as a shrine to the Lady of Mt. Carmel in 1964, this church has been a long-cherished choice for weddings in this area. The parish also offers complete wedding packages (and even accepts online payment!), with the reception held at Mt. Carmel’s Fr. Horan Hall and services provided by its partner suppliers. For more information, check out Mt. Carmel’s official site: http://carmelevents.weebly.com/complete-package.html
Rental Fee: Php15,000 w/o aircon inclusive of flowers, candles and priest
St. Peter’s Basilica (Quezon City)
A replica of the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. A friend of ours got married in this church way back 2006. It is a small church with beautiful exterior. The aisle is a bit short though and it is non-airconditioned.
Rental Fee: Php15,000 w/o aircon
Parish of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary (West Triangle, Quezon City)
Located inside a middle-class subdivision, it is perfect for couples who want privacy. Contact: 3719102; 3721097
Church of the Holy Sacrifice (UP Chapel)
I would have loved to get married inside the UP Diliman campus but the proximity of the church for most of our guests made us let this one go as well.
University of the Philippines Campus, Diliman, Quezon City
The UP Chapel is recognized as a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Institute and was designed in 1955 by the late National Artist Leandro Locsin, in collaboration with four other National Artists. It was the first circular church in the country, where all the supporting columns are all in the church’s periphery–allowing your guests to easily see you seal the wedding deal with a kiss from any pew.
Shrine of Jesus The Way The Truth And The Life Parish (Pasay City)
Built in 1999, this is the only church in Roxas Boulevard and one of the newer places of worship in Metro Manila.
Rental Fee: Php25,000 w/o aircon
Address: Central Business Park, Reclamation Area, Pasay City, P.O. Box 273
Tel. No.: 556.6175 to 76; 0918.9104245, 0916.910.4245
Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and Columbarium
The Shrine and the Columbarium are a testament to the life and devotion of one of the most beloved saints of our time, St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus.
Visitors to the Shrine and the Columbarium can walk through the entire life of the Saint by viewing the impressive details of the structure including breathtaking stained glass art, sculptures and many more.
Newport Blvd, Bgy. 183, Zone 20 Villamor, Pasay City 1309 || Tel. Nos. (632) 853-9187 to 90, Fax: 853-3168
Rental Fee: Php40,000 exclusive of flower arrangement and soloist. so expensive!
Our Lady of the Airways Parish
This is where I was
converted baptized into the Roman Catholic faith. We didn’t consider this church as it is a bit rundown already and it is not well-maintained.
Address: , Chapel Rd. cor. Aquino Ave., NAIA, Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines , Telephone No: (632) 851-4371 Telefax. 853-8059
Santuario de San Antonio, (Forbes Park Makati City)
It was built by the Franciscans when their original church in Intramuros of Manila, was ruined by the ravages caused by World War II towards its end. As soon as the new santuario or sanctuary was constructed, a statue of Saint Anthony was transferred from the original church in Intramuros, which managed to resist the bombing effect of the war.
Highly revered and esteemed by the society, Santuario de San Antonio hosts a number of social and religious occasions like christenings, weddings and funerals. Interestingly enough, most of the posh and rich families of Manila, specially from Forbes Park and Dasmarinas Village, choose this church for observing various events, whether of grief or happiness, in the presence of Saint Anthony God.
Rate: P25,000 (inclusion: sacristans,aircon, carpet)
P500 for photo/video permit
Contact : Ms. Susan, 02.8438830
Possible Wedding Reception near the church:
North Forbes Pavilion
The Blue Leaf
Makati Shangrila Hotel
Manila Peninsula Hotel
Manila Polo Club
Santuario de San Antonio
Address: McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati City, 1220
Contact Person: Ms. Susan
Phone: +63 2 843 8830 / +63 2 843 8831 / +63 2 843 8833
St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish Church (Magallanes Village, Makati City)
A modern looking church with nice exterior and interior.
Rental Fee: Php25,000 with aircon
Address: Humabon St., Magallanes Village, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines ,
Telephone No: (632) 852.2750; 852.8228
Fax No: (632) 852.7284
St. Peter the Apostle Parish (Quirino Ave., Manila)
Rental Fee: 15k w/aircon
National Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (San Antonio Village, Makati)
Rental Fee: 10k w/o AC; 25k with AC.
St. John Bosco Parish (Don Bosco Church, Makati)
Rental Fee: P17,000.00 (without airconditioning) or P22,500.00 (with airconditioning)
OPTIONAL: P500.00 fee for electrical/photographic devices (battery chargers, video lights, photo/video equipment, etc.)
National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels
Information below was contributed by one of my readers named silverseven. Thanks!
address: 1000 J.P. Laurel St. cor. Gen Solano St.
San Miguel, Manila
tel. no.: 7361105, 7341271
contact: Bernard (church admin)
cost: P10K (ceremony and picture-taking, 1.5-2hours)
inclusions: use of carpet, organist/soloist, priest, plastic flowers
notes: no airconditioning
we also brought in our own priest, strings/duet, fresh flowers, lace cloth for the couple’s kneeler, electric fans, and additional sound system (to supplement what they have).
what’s nice about this church is that it’s not too common and it’s a bit secluded since the church is within the malacanang compound, not to many spectators. the arched wooden altar features the statues of st. michael and the rest of the archangels. it’s an old church with a bit of a bright, modernity to it (they painted the interiors with pale yellow, a bit similar to the churches in macau). it’s got a long aisle and there’s no extra cost if the bride wants the doors closed before she walks in. photo/video can also come close to the couple and the altar. there is also no restrictions with the gown i.e., strapless/sleeveless gowns are allowed. confetti is also allowed at the church door during recessional.