Metro Manila Churches For Wedding Rites

17 May

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: remedios@skyinet.net

Rental Fee:

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)

Website: http://santisimorosario.net/

Contact: 4408257/7313062

E-mail: srparish@catholic.org

Nuestra Señora de Guia, (Ermita Catholic Church, Ermita, Manila)

Rental Fee: not sure if Php12,000 or Php15,000 (w/o aircon)

Contact: 523.2754

Minor Basilica of St. Lorenzo Ruiz (Binondo Catholic Church, Binondo Manila)

Rental Fee: Php12,000 w/o aircon

Contact:  2424850

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: maryqueenofapostlesparish@ymail.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 : info@bambooorgan.org

Administrator : Ms. Jan Hernandez – jhernandez@bambooorgan.org
Assistant : Ms. Lhet Aranda – raranda@bambooorgan.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: [02] 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
SSA Hall

FOR INQUIRIES

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.)

Website: http://www.sjbmakati.com/guidelines-on-baptisms-weddings-funerals-and-others.html

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.


XOXO,

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98 Responses to “Metro Manila Churches For Wedding Rites”

  1. Beth May 18, 2011 at 6:02 AM #

    Thanks for the list! very helpful siya

    • Mic Anonymous May 18, 2011 at 6:16 AM #

      you are most welcome Beth. Lots to choose from

    • Rizza November 21, 2012 at 11:00 PM #

      Hi, Micah. This is cool 😃 could you help us finding wedding reception near binondo church?

      Thanks!

      • Micah November 23, 2012 at 5:11 PM #

        There are a lot of wedding reception options inside the Intramuros area :)

  2. derdo May 18, 2011 at 11:00 PM #

    this is impressive. Will share it with my niece who’s planning to wed. Thanks.

  3. ice June 19, 2011 at 3:14 PM #

    Thank you so much for the list, we are getting married this december… can you pls post also a copy of affordable wedding reception within malate church or any that is near the are? thanks so much!

    • Mic Anonymous June 20, 2011 at 1:32 AM #

      Hi Ice! thanks for visiting. I’ll try to do that. maybe later or tomorrow :)

    • Mic Anonymous June 20, 2011 at 5:43 AM #

      Hi Ice! I figured I can’t really blog about reception venues in Malate because it’s very specific. i did blog about Metro Manila reception venues so you might want to check that out. here are my recommendations for reception venues near malate catholic church. just google them up for further info. You can check Max’s Restaurant malate branch, Aristocrat Restaurant, Citystate Tower Hotel, City Garden Hotel, Lotus Garden Hotel, Ibarra’s Restaurant, Cherry Blossoms Hotel, Pearl Garden Hotel, Zamboanga Restaurant, Oceana Events venue and restaurant, Ilustrado Restaurant, Barbara’s Restaurant, Patio Victoria, G-Hotel, Manila Pavilion Hotel, Dad’s/Kamayan/Saisaki (P.Faura St.). For venues only (you need to get a separate caterer) you can try RJMC Hall, Palacio De Maynila, One Esplanade, Le Pavilion, The Pergola, Museo Pambata Hall, gardens in Intramuros (Baluarte De San Diego etc.) for five star hotels there’s always Sofitel, Manila Diamond and manila Hotel. There are a lot of reception venues around malate church. It would be easy for you to find one. but it’s a bit late already so you might want to book your reception venue na because december is a peak season for weddings here in the Phils.

  4. arliecruz July 5, 2011 at 12:15 PM #

    Hi!Good day to you! baka po may mga Friend kayo na need ng PHOTO N VIDEO,ALSO a PHOTO BOOTH,and CATERER,COUTURIER,ALL ABOUT WEDDING AND DEBUT need in their ESPECIAL event in their lives.paki refer naman po ako.THANKS !GOD BLESS AND GUIDE YOU!!!!

    • Mic Anonymous July 5, 2011 at 4:15 PM #

      Hi Arlie! Thanks for visiting my site. Would you happen to have a website where we could check your portfolio?

    • Dhel January 4, 2012 at 10:55 AM #

      hi good day… meron k bang website n pwde nming iview.. nghahanap pa kasi kame ng caterer para sa wedding namin this year… thanks…

    • gina February 10, 2013 at 1:17 PM #

      how much po yng photo video nyo and yng photo booth? meron po b clang portfolio?tnx

      • Micah February 10, 2013 at 1:32 PM #

        Our P/V was 55K only pero service-only yun. No output like albums, printouts or anything. CD lang of your pics and yung SDE namin plus yung CD din nung wedding video coverage. I’m not too sure if ganon pa rin rate because we got married more than 2 years ago na. We didn’t have a photobooth kasi bawal sa reception venue namin :(

  5. glitzy July 17, 2011 at 11:35 AM #

    this bolg post is very useful! :) thanks for sharing :)

    • Micah July 17, 2011 at 2:39 PM #

      Hi glitzy! Thank you for the kind words :)

  6. glitzy August 4, 2011 at 4:17 PM #

    hi sis! :) i need ur help :)

    i got engaged last month and im very excited to plan and prepare my upcoming wedding :D actually next year pa naman ang date,1 yr pa.. :) but feeling ko magagahol ako sa oras! haha :D since my fiancee is working outside the country,ill be the one na mag-aayos lang :( so mejo nahihirapan ako.. my problem is, hindi ko alam uunahin ko :D can u help me? any guidelines or checklist for wedding preps?

    thanks much Ms. Micah :)

    • Micah August 4, 2011 at 5:51 PM #

      Hi Glitzy,

      Congratulations on your recent engagement. I have sent a copy of a basic wedding checklist to your e-mail address. Hope you find it useful. Enjoy wedding preps!

      • glitzy August 5, 2011 at 12:40 PM #

        got it! :)

        thank u so much :)

    • Nikki September 4, 2013 at 1:43 PM #

      ms. glitzy, how did you go about your preparations and the church requirements considering that your fiance (your husband now) is out of the country. I am experiencing a hard time talking to the church/parish office that we be permitted to undergo interview, seminar, etc. during the exact month my fiance is arriving. You see my fiance is an OFW and we’ll get married on Feb. 2014. He’ll be staying for a month only, so the church interview and seminars shall be held upon his arrival pa. What shall I do? HELP!

  7. joey October 14, 2011 at 9:51 AM #

    Hi Micah,

    Can you help me or give me a list of top 10 honeymoon destinations in the Philippines.
    It will be a great help for me^_^ Thanks that you have this kind of blog site. More power on everything you do as well as to your Marriage.

  8. jo October 17, 2011 at 3:17 PM #

    hi ms.micah, thanks for your blog, it’s very helpful. Me & my bf were planning to wed on 2013. I was overwhelmed with the information i was getting, which sometimes gets me frustrated. I just don’t know where to start. I hope i could also request for your basic wedding checklist so i would know if i’m on the right track. I hope you’d help me. Thank you

    • Micah October 17, 2011 at 3:48 PM #

      You’re very much welcome jo! I’m actually flattered that my blog really helps couples who are planning for their wedding. At the start kasi I didn’t think that people would really be interested. Btw, I e-mailed you a copy of a sample wedding checklist. Hope you received it :)

      • day June 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM #

        Hi Ms. Micah

        Can you also give me your wedding checklist, mejo hirap na rin ako for my prep e…coz wer both working kasi that why we don’t have a time…pasingit singit lang… thank you

      • Micah June 12, 2013 at 8:22 AM #

        E-mail sent :)

  9. cm November 11, 2011 at 2:52 AM #

    Hi! I can’t believe the price for St. Jerome Emiliani! Is it really just Php 5,500? We’re considering it for 2013.

    • Micah November 11, 2011 at 1:02 PM #

      Hi cm! Am not too sure. These information were just compiled from a wedding forum. It may be better to call the parish office to verify :)

  10. Sarah Jane Ursonal November 26, 2011 at 6:33 PM #

    Hi Micah, this blog is cool. My boyfriend and I are planning to get married next year too. can please send me a copy of your wedding checklist? Here’s my email sjursonal@yahoo.com.ph. Thanks in advance.

    • Micah November 26, 2011 at 7:02 PM #

      Hi Sarah Jane! Congratulations on your engagement. Will send the check list to you :)

  11. Eileen December 2, 2011 at 2:42 PM #

    This has been really helpful. I just got recently engaged and would really appreciate seeing that checklist myself. Thanks, Micah!

    • Micah January 5, 2012 at 1:46 AM #

      Hi Eileen! So sorry, I just saw your comment now. Did I send the checklist to you already? I’ll send it if I still haven’t

  12. Rhoy B. January 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM #

    Very Helpful…….. Thanks for the list…. What do you recomend for the aircon church here in manila……….

    • Micah January 2, 2012 at 3:14 PM #

      San Agustin Church in Intramuros and Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park have good reviews and are both quite popular.

  13. Dhel :) January 4, 2012 at 11:02 AM #

    Hi good day! happy new year..

    Guys will you help me if meron kayong alam na wedding caterers, also the reception venue at Makati lang (of course yung maganda yung feedback).. yung swak sa budget simple wedding lang kasi ang plano namin.. and also if you have wedding checklist. thanks! wedding nmin this December 2012. thanks thanks:)

  14. Dhel :) January 4, 2012 at 11:03 AM #

    Hi good day! happy new year..

    Guys will you help me if meron kayong alam na wedding caterers, also the reception venue at Makati lang (of course yung maganda yung feedback).. yung swak sa budget simple wedding lang kasi ang plano namin.. and also if you have wedding checklist. thanks! wedding nmin this December 2012. thanks thanks:)

    • Micah January 5, 2012 at 12:40 AM #

      With caterers, I do not know anyone who’s based in Makati particularly. kahit naman saan based ang caterer they will charge the same basta your venue is not out of town (meaning outside Manila area). For venues, Filipinas Heritage Library is very nice but can accommodate only a max of 150 pax. It’s at the corner of Makati Ave. and Ayala Ave. right across Manila Peninsula. They have affordable rates but elegant place. Then there’s Makati Parks & Garden owned by the city government. Please check venues.multiply.com, they have a list of venues with pictures pa. For wedding checklists, you can download one here: http://www.vertex42.com/ExcelTemplates/wedding-checklist.html

  15. ynah January 15, 2012 at 12:21 AM #

    hello po, Mic anonymous. Ask ko lng po if may alam ka po na church na pumapayag na wedding rites lang po.yung wala na pong entourage.super tight po kasi yung budget namen. Eh we’re planning po to wed this year..wala po akong idea.. Thank u so much po

    • Micah January 17, 2012 at 10:39 PM #

      Hi Ynah! Malate Catholic Church allows it. I think 3K or 4K yung fee. And another one that I know of is St. Andrew’s Cathedral in La Huerta, Parañaque. But I suppose all churches should allow this kasi not everyone naman can afford their skyrocket fees for a complete wedding ceremony with flowers, red carpet etc. You might want to inquire with churches near your place

  16. kate January 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM #

    Hi Micah!
    I really appreciate your dedication and passion about weddings and your desire to help others as well. My fiance’ and I are getting married Jan 2013 and we haven’t started anything yet. I hope you could help us with this matter. Thank you very much and more power! =)

    • Micah January 19, 2012 at 7:37 AM #

      Congratulations on your engagement kate! I have sent you a wedding checklist for starters

  17. Sol January 19, 2012 at 3:56 PM #

    Dear Ms Micah,
    May God Bless you dear for your passion in helping those who needs your help. It’s very informative and it helps!.
    It’s my daughter’s dream too, to have a garden wedding like you! She and her fiance are planning for December. Some of my friends are telling me tho that catholic priests are allowed to do the rites only in the church. Bawal daw sa garden setting? Do ypu have an idea about this? If this is so,, what is the nearest church to Sofitel you can recommend?
    Thank you and more power.

    • Micah January 19, 2012 at 7:48 PM #

      Yes, bawal outside of the church. nearest church to Sofitel is Malate Catholic Church. But pwede rin naman ang Magallanes Church (beautiful and modern architecture), San Agustin Church or Manila Cathedral :)

  18. Charm March 14, 2012 at 10:27 AM #

    Thanks for this helpful post. Do you happen to know what are the inclusions in St. Peter the Apostle Parish (Quirino Ave., Manila) Rental Fee: 15k w/aircon? Does it include flowers, carpet, organist, soloist? Thanks

    • Micah March 15, 2012 at 12:24 AM #

      sorry Charm. I don’t know

  19. Gracey'O April 6, 2012 at 10:54 PM #

    Hi Micah,
    thanks to your blog, I don’t have to act like a deer caught in car’s headlights. Your insights and ideas are quite inspiring. I was wondering, if you could also share with me your wedding checklists? We plan to get married on Dec. next year and I’m freeking that we may run out of time on the preparations. Thanks and more power to this awesome site. :)

    • Micah April 11, 2012 at 1:46 AM #

      You’re welcome Gracey’O! I really feel flattered when people say my blog has helped them in one way or another :)

  20. Alissa Jo Santos April 8, 2012 at 7:02 PM #

    Uy thanks dito, tagal ko na hinahanap yung rental fee sa St. Therese Shrine, nagulat ako, ang mahal pala, kala ko mas mahal sa Sanctuario de San Antonio. Pero dream church ko yung sa St. Therese… matinding ipon ang gagawin namin dito… sana makagawa ka rin ng mga best reception places na malapit sa mga churches na nasa blog mo. Thanks it’s a big help.

    • Micah April 11, 2012 at 1:42 AM #

      Hi Alisa! Super expensive ang Shrine of St. Therese and I don’t get it. Churches are supposed to be wedding-friendly. I have posted about reception places as well. Just search for it.

  21. coj April 10, 2012 at 1:42 PM #

    Hi ms micah! Thanks for your blog! So helpful! God bless!

    • Micah April 11, 2012 at 1:40 AM #

      Hi coj! You are most welcome. Thank you for the kind words

  22. coj May 4, 2012 at 3:11 PM #

    Ms. Charm, st peter is 20k. Been there last month. Got a list from ms micah..
    Ms. Micah, sorry can you also send me your wedding checlist? Thank you so so much

    • Micah May 5, 2012 at 4:37 AM #

      thank you for the update coj! I’ll try to find that checklist and e-mail it to you

  23. silverseven May 29, 2012 at 11:15 PM #

    hi micah! wanted to add the National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels to your list :) it’s more well known as the ‘kumpil’ church, not a common option for weddings but it’s actually very pretty and they are not strict at all. my hubby and i got married here last year. here is a link i wanted to share: http://www.bridalbook.ph/wedding-suppliers/national-shrine-of-st-michael-the-archangels
    this is another couple who got married around the same time we did. thanks much and keep up the great work!

    • Micah May 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM #

      Hi silverseven! Is it the church near Malacañang? I didn’t know they do weddings. Thanks for the information. Will add it to the list

      • silverseven May 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM #

        yes san miguel does weddings but it really is not a common nor a popular choice :) yeah it’s the one near malacanang palace.

      • Micah May 30, 2012 at 7:57 PM #

        I see. Thanks again :)

      • silverseven May 31, 2012 at 8:53 AM #

        hi micah! here are the details of the National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels:

        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.

        hope this helps. thanks!

      • Micah May 31, 2012 at 9:42 PM #

        Thank you for the generous information. will update this post now :)

  24. Lovie Panza June 5, 2012 at 5:56 PM #

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  25. Raphael Haw June 5, 2012 at 8:29 PM #

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  26. Mich June 30, 2012 at 9:17 AM #

    Hi! Thanks for this very useful blog. Nung una tinatamad pa ko mag-ayos kasi feeling ko walang magandang churches around Manila unlike mga out-of-town churches. Pero after reading this, it was really easy to scroll through the good ones tapos mura lang din. It’s really a great place to start especially for people like me that are not so skilled yet in scouting for good places.

    You’re helping a lot of people with your gift.May God continue to bless you! :)

    • Micah June 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM #

      Thanks Mich! I’m glad I was able to help you kickstart your wedding preps. Have fun!

  27. jhay July 19, 2012 at 7:08 PM #

    is there any nice garden reception you can recommend near sucat, paranaque?

    • Micah July 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM #

      I don’t think there’s a really nice garden reception near Sucat Paranaque. Max’s Sucat has a huge garden area but it’s a bit unkempt. And Shanghai Garden Resort inside better living is nice and well-maintained but it’s kind of small.

  28. Haydee July 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM #

    Hi! Thanks for the info…by the way, may idea po ba kayo kung provide na ng church St. Andrew Cathedral ang pag set up ng church and everything???

    • Micah July 22, 2012 at 6:29 PM #

      They provide basic set-up. but if you want to have bongga na flowers and aisle, you need to upgrade e.g. hire a separate florist

      • Haydee July 29, 2012 at 10:42 AM #

        Hi Micah…! basic set up like??? 15,000 parang napaka expensive so i assumed na kasama na lahat.. thanks for the info ha, OFW kasi ako so i depend mostly sa mga forums to gather some ideas para easier nalang when I get back to the Philippines.

      • Micah July 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM #

        Hi Haydee. mahal na talaga ang church fees ngayon. would you believe na ang Child of St Therese near Resorts World charges 40K? nothing included in that package. just the use of the church. no basic set-up, no flowers, no music, no priest

  29. Haydee July 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM #

    WOW!!! Expensive na pala talaga… yung Saint Andrew what do you mean by basic set up? It may sound strange, but wala talaga akong idea…Thanks again… don’t get tired of answering my questions please…^_^

    • Micah July 30, 2012 at 3:58 PM #

      Yeah! Super expensive. Anyway, basic set-up I believe includes flowers (typical flowers not the bongga type), use of red carpet, soloist + organist or choir, priest. may option din sila to use aircon pero I believe 25K yata if naka-on ang aircon (just for an hour!)

  30. Haydee July 30, 2012 at 5:27 PM #

    Hello Micah!! Thank you for the info..BIG HELP! :) :)

    • Micah July 30, 2012 at 5:35 PM #

      no worries Haydee! enjoy your wedding preps. nakakamiss din somehow ;)

  31. Haydee August 5, 2012 at 12:54 PM #

    Hi again Micah!! Do you think its possible na ibang tao ang mag book sa church for us? sa case kasi namin pareho kaming abroad. so parang napaka hassle naman if we have to come home just for the reservation.???? thanks

    • Micah August 5, 2012 at 10:27 PM #

      Yes it is! Kahit sino (either a relative or your coordinator or your friend can do this for you). Just ensure that they get the receipt as proof of your reservation and of course keep it. may mga instances kasi na nag-double booking ang ibang church unintentionally so the receipt is important :)

  32. Haydee August 6, 2012 at 7:04 AM #

    Ah,,great news. It was such a relieved…!!! Thank you, Thank you….

  33. Steph De Leon August 28, 2012 at 5:59 PM #

    Hi, I was just wondering when this list of prices was updated? Thanks! :)

    • Micah August 28, 2012 at 10:26 PM #

      Sorry but I’ve never updated the prices since the day I published this post

  34. faith lord September 9, 2012 at 5:14 AM #

    helo micah…big help sakn when i saw ur blogged….sobrang hassle pla tlga mgplan especially both kmi ng bf q abroad tas mgkaiba pang country…we’re planning to get married nxt year 2013 paguwi nmin…can u give me any guidelines and checklist bout wedding prep??:) thankssss

    • Micah September 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM #

      may mga wedding checklist that you can download on the internet :) just make sure that you book your church first or ceremony venue (if garden or beach wedding) then reception venue. Everything follows after you’ve booked these 2. You can read my detailed post about how we prepared for our wedding here. medyo mahaba nga lang yan. Best wishes in advance!

  35. Greg December 29, 2012 at 6:46 PM #

    What if bride is catholic but groom is not. Is it still possible to use a church as a venue?

    Thanks

    • Micah December 30, 2012 at 7:50 AM #

      Hi Greg! The non-catholic person should be baptized & confirmed in the Catholic faith before they are allowed to be married in a Catholic Church. I, for one, was not Catholic and I got baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith a few months before our wedding. Or you can go through the long process of having an inter-faith marriage. You need to secure several permits and visit an office (not sure what it’s called) somewhere in Intramuros.

      • Greg December 30, 2012 at 8:17 AM #

        Thanks Micah…sounds like a Civil Wedding may be the way to go. I’ll check out some other venues. :)

      • Micah December 30, 2012 at 8:21 AM #

        You’re welcome Greg. You can have a garden wedding though which can be officiated by a non-sectarian pastor

      • Greg December 30, 2012 at 8:28 AM #

        Actually, I was hoping for a garden wedding. I think it too would illuminate the Philippines in all it’s grandeur. So would a beach wedding of course…but that sand gets into everything.

      • Micah December 30, 2012 at 8:31 AM #

        Yes the sand flying all around isn’t a very good thought especially if you’re getting married on a windy/rainy season. Whatever you decide on, garden or beach, outdoor weddings turn out really beautiful and more romantic

  36. Jamatz June 24, 2013 at 1:20 AM #

    hi micah, do you know kung ano yong church within metro manila yong my mahabang aisle? im planning to get married next year feb. me and my fiance are looking at san sebastian church, manila cathderal, santuario de san jose greenhills… any recommendation or thoughts of the churches that i mentioned? thanks in advance and more power to your blog.

    • Micah June 26, 2013 at 9:39 AM #

      Not too sure about churches with long aisles eh. Sorry but I haven’t been to San Sebastian Church. Manila Cathedral is a grand and beautiful church but I’m not sure if tapos na yung renovation/restoration nila. Santuario de San Jose Greenhills naman has a good location kasi medyo may privacy

  37. Em August 22, 2013 at 10:26 PM #

    Hi!
    My Fiance and I are planning to have our wedding late next year (2014). Can you help me to find a church around 150 guests and reception venue as well, along mandaluyong area? Do you recommend st. Francis de assisi church?
    And please help me on how to prepare for the wedding (like wedding checklist if you have one)

    Thanks much!!! 😊

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  38. Jen January 20, 2014 at 10:49 PM #

    Thanks for this very helpful info :)

    • Micah January 21, 2014 at 7:18 PM #

      You’re welcome Jen :)

  39. Burch Ray April 12, 2014 at 5:30 AM #

    Hello,
    I am seeking for the services of a God fearing either male or female
    nanny for my 2kids, to come and work for me in the U.K here in
    London,I am willing to offer 800 pounds sterling per week and will
    provide monthly shopping allowances as well as accommodation/air
    ticket. If interested or found someone interested, please send your
    resume (CV) to me at burchray at hotmail.com as soon as possible to enable me send you the job
    details.

    Regards,
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  40. nina perez April 21, 2014 at 6:58 AM #

    This is really awesome. I’ll definitely sharw this with my sis as she is planning for their wedding next year. Thanks!!!

  41. Kammille herrera May 26, 2014 at 9:01 PM #

    Hi ms micah can i request for your list of basic wedding checklist. Thanks a lot:))) ur blog is really a big help help !:)

    • Micah May 28, 2014 at 1:29 PM #

      Hi Kammille! Sorry i already lost my wedding checklist. You can find some sample wedding checklist on the internet though :) Best wishes in advance!

  42. goensouth5 August 21, 2014 at 10:00 PM #

    The ideas are really innovative about wedding churches in this post and i learn lots of things from this post.
    Keep on it..

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