The realization of wanting to spend the rest of your life with one person is one of the most beautiful and important choices that we make at least once in a lifetime. There is no better way to celebrate this event, than a beautiful wedding in a breathtaking destination! Choosing the wedding venue is undoubtedly one of the most difficult things couples decide on for their big day. That place will forever hold a precious memory of the couple’s special day. So it is only natural that it has to be somewhere that the groom and the bride can picture themselves taking their vows.
Destination weddings are getting more popular today as it offers a more unique experience than a traditional wedding. The uniqueness of being wed in an exotic location somehow creates a magical moment for the groom, the bride, along with their family and friends.
The Philippines, being made up of 7,641 islands, is one of the best choices for a destination wedding. The country literally has thousands of beautiful locations that a couple can choose from, all unique from one another. The best part is that the Philippines offers the cheapest rates without sacrificing the beauty of the celebration. So if you’re dreaming of a destination wedding on a budget, choose the Philippines, it is guaranteed that your dollar goes very far.
Top Wedding Destinations in the Philippines
Tagaytay is considered as one of the best wedding destinations in the Philippines. The cool breeze all year round sets a romantic ambience. Boasting beautiful landscapes, especially the Taal Volcano within the Taal Lake. The City of Tagaytay offers more than just the majestic duo, Taal Lake and volcano. There are also garden venues both indoor and outdoor that have picturesque setup, perfect for a wedding far from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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2. Balesin Island
Balesin Island is a private paradise for members only. It is located off the eastern coast of Luzon in the Philippines, 20-minutes away from Manila by plane. The island is a favorite of some local celebrities. Balesin Island has villas and amenities “patterned” after some of the most beautiful destinations in the world. It has seven villages authentically recreated to look and feel like the name itself: Balesin (the best of the Philippines), Bali, Phuket, Mykonos, St. Tropez, Costa del Sol and Toscana.
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar located in Bataan is known for its Filipiniana-themed weddings which takes you back to a timeless & nostalgic era, rich in history and culture. A perfect destination that would educate you of the rich history and culture of the Filipinos in the glory days of old Manila. Another beautiful spot in Bataan is in Nuestra Senora del Pilar, boasting its beautiful church, it offers an equally rich in culture and history destination.
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Intramuros (Spanish for “within the walls”) is the oldest district and historic core of Manila. The oldest church in the Philippines which is the San Agustin Church was named by UNESCO as a world heritage site. This has always been a great venue for the ceremony. Meanwhile, receptions can be held at Casa Manila Patio, one of the most popular wedding locations in the capital of the Philippines. It gives a nostalgic feeling of how the government and its culture was like between the 1800s and 1900s. One of its most recognizable features is its Spanish-inspired design with a fountain as a centerpiece.
Baguio is well-known as the “Summer Capital of the Philippines”, famous for its pine trees and crisp cold mountain breezes and panoramic views. One of the top choices in Baguio for wedding destinations is The Manor at Camp John Hay. It is located 5,000 feet above sea level, surrounded by nature which gives it a more romantic atmosphere. Baguio country club is also another famous spot for wedding destinations which is the known as the most famous historical establishment in the summer capital city!
Palawan is one of the best spots for beach weddings in the Philippines. It is considered a true paradise by many, known for its beautiful scenery and turquoise waters that are untouched. Anywhere from El Nido, Coron and Puerto Princesa have equally amazing scenic views.
Famously known as the “Queen City of the South”, weddings can be done in two different ways here. First is being held at luxurious hotels in the city such as Radisson Blu, Seda, Waterfront, Marco Polo Plaza among others. Second is held along the beautiful beaches in the rural areas such as Camotes, Malapascua and Bantayan Island.
Known for its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, best in the world. Boracay is also considered as one of the best destinations for relaxation. Imagine your wedding being held at the most beautiful beach in the world and the best place to have your honeymoon too! There are countless of venues to choose from that offer different packages.
9. Churches Across the Philippines
The Philippines is proud of being the only Christian nation in Asia. Statistics show that more than 86 percent of the population are Roman Catholic. Given the vast amount of Catholics, almost every town in the country has its own church, where most of the locals usually hold their weddings. Most of these churches have histories that go as far as the Spanish era, which greatly influenced the architectural designs of the churches. So if you want to experience the traditional church wedding in the Philippines, you will have to start looking for the best church immediately.
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Wedding in the Philippines, a Celebration of Unity
On top of the countless breathtaking wedding destinations that the Philippines has to offer, what makes it more special is how the country value the ceremony, the unity of two people through marriage. The Filipino culture celebrates wedding as a truly magnificent and sacred event, where it unites not only the two individuals, but also brings together the families of the two.
While it is amazing to be married in a unique, beautiful place, it is equally important to consider the traditions of the community as this will always be a place worth looking back at. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to visit the place again and being able to appreciate more than just the physical landscapes, where traditions of love and marriage are celebrated every day.
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