Everyone wants to be surrounded with breathtaking views on their wedding day. If you scroll through your Instagram feed regularly, you’d probably think that the only way to have the scenery you’ve always envisioned is to plan a romantic outing away from the bustles of Metro Manila. True enough, the country is filled with dazzling islands and beaches, but it can get quite impractical due to budget and weather conditions.
This does not mean you need to sacrifice your happiness for practicality. If you don’t want to stray too far to find the perfect place, Metro Manila still has a lot of gems to offer. Behind all the smoke and traffic, the city gives home to many architectural treasures, avant-garde event spaces, and even nature-filled parks. So if you’re looking for a big city wedding, here are some places you need to check out.
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Want to be completely in control of your wedding’s aesthetics? White Space Manila offers just that. This blank canvas event space is pretty straightforward—a spacious room painted white to let your decor stand out. Whether you want to transform it into an indoor garden or an otherworldly wedding reception is up to you. With its 735 sqm space, you can fill 450 guests for P175,000. It’s quite a hefty price, but it’s perfectly located in Makati City where your south and north friends won’t complain! Plus, the possibilities are endless with this type of space.
Address: 2314 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City
This venue is a popular choice if you’re thinking of a classic wedding. With its modern European architecture, this modern-day chateau offers a regal backdrop to your dream ceremony. Think dramatic soap opera starring a rich woman with its grand staircases, glistening pools, large flower pots, sparkly chandeliers, and even an outdoor tennis court! Hey, it’s your wedding day—might as well go a little extra. For P50,000, you can rent the veranda or one of the three grand ballrooms that can accommodate 100-250 people, not bad!
Address: Versailles, Daang Hari Road , Las Pinas City, Metro Manila
What’s great about Light of Love is that it has spaces created exactly for weddings. As you can deduce from the name, this place located in Quezon City is just romantic. They have a lot of different spaces for different weddings. We recommend looking into the Atrium, an enclosed space with a glass ceiling to go stargazing minus the bugs! We also recommend the open garden filled with lush greens andTangled-esque lanterns.
Contact Light of Love for the full rates.
Address: 1163 Santol St, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
If you’ve toured Intramuros before, you’d know how beautiful the Spanish-style architecture is. One of the spots that truly stand out is Casa Manila with its old brick walls that will take you to yesterday’s era. Rich with history and culture, this venue is perfect for a rustic-themed reception conveniently located near beautiful old churches and chapel. For only P18,000, you can have bring in approximately 50-100 guests to share your special day with you.
Address: Plaza Sans Luis Complex, General Luna St, Intramuros, Manila, 1002 Metro Manila
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For an adventurous couple, the Manila Ocean Park is a fun choice to hold a wedding. Why go to the beach when you can surround yourself with a glimpse of the ocean? Just like the park, their function rooms have aquariums that will make you feel like you said “I do” at the bottom of the ocean. Is that a fun story to tell your future kids? Of course, this brilliantly unusual venue comes with a price. For P298,000, the park’s H2O Hotel function room can seat 500 guests.
Address: Manila Ocean Park Luneta Manila Philippines 1000
If you want a nature-themed wedding above water, however, the La Mesa Eco Park can make your dreams come true. This 33-hectare park in the middle of the city is a popular and affordable choice for a garden wedding. Rent 250-pax Ipil Pavilion for only P5,000 for the whole day and be surrounded with tall forests on your special day.
Address: North Fairview, Quezon City, Metro Manila
A small gathering just won’t do it? Sofitel houses a grandiose event space for an opulent wedding to make you feel like royalty. Known as a five-star hotel, Sofitel definitely shows what grand really means with its huge spiral staircases and chandeliers that look just like a scene fromBeauty and the Beast. They also have an outdoor wedding space if you want a more open elegant wedding.
Please contact Sofitel for the exact rates.
Address: CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, 1300 Pasay City
Keep your wedding intimate by celebrating at a cafe. Rustic Mornings by Isabelo stays true to its name with its homey organic vibe that feels just like you’re at home. If you’re looking for a gorgeous Pinterest-worthy rustic wedding, this quaint place in Marikina has just the right picnic ambience to your wedding day. Plus, they have great food!
Contact the cafe for the full rates and details.
Address: 11 Isabelo Mendoza St. San Roque, Marikina City
While the south has the Versailles Palace, the north also has a mansion to host a bougie wedding day. They have a few function rooms available for events, but we recommend the Tuscany Room for an elegant reception as it has big arch windows and glass chairs that feel so regal. The mansion also has a fantastic fountain backdrop for group photos.
Contact Felicidad Mansion for full rates and details.
Address:2 Baler St, Roosevelt Ave, San Francisco del Monte, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Want an artsy wedding? The MET Museum of Manila has the right amount of gold frames on white walls you're looking for. A wedding inside a museum is not exactly the usual, but that’s what makes it so exciting!This tasteful choice will truly impress guests and fulfill your dream wedding—all while looking at some contemporary art pieces!
Contact the museum for full rates and details.
Address: BSP Complex, Roxas Boulevard Manila, PH
Manila’s charm might’ve faded over the years, but these gems never fail to give couples the weddings they deserve without having to leave the busy city. Finding the right place doesn’t need to be a four-hour drive. Sometimes, the best-kept secrets are the places we pass by every day.
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