A Manila Church Wedding
A grand solemn wedding, a fine-looking young man, a beautiful young girl in a white long gown that’s envied by her many guests, a face radiating happiness, close friends and family members, a huge Catholic church with fine architecture – quite familiar? This is the universal wedding dream of a girl who was born and raised in Manila, probably because of the plentiful Manila churches that have slowly turned into a perfect location for a perfect wedding.
Manila has the most number of stunning churches – some old, some historical, some new, yet all are magnificent and considered perfect for a picturesque wedding.
Famous Manila Churches
Two of Manila’s centuries-old churches are located in Intramuros – The Manila Cathedral and San Agustin Church. Because of the city’s historic background, getting married inside one of these churches is similar to being transported back in time.
Malate Church is one that’s also becoming a favorite. It is mostly famous for its Moslem-baroque architecture and regarded as one of the oldest churches in Manila. The well-known Quiapo Church houses the miraculous image of the Black Nazarene. The San Sebastian Church along Plaza del Carmen, on the other hand, is renowned for being the first all-steel church in the Philippines and in Asia.
Other options for a church wedding in Manila include Mt. Carmel in New Manila, Christ the King in Green Meadows, Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon Avenue, Shrine of Mary in EDSA, UP Church of the Risen Lord located inside the UP campus, Sanctuario de San Jose, Archbishop’s Palace, and St. Francis Church in Mandaluyong. Five prominent Catholic churches are also located in Makati. These are Sacred Heart of Jesus, Don Bosco church, Sanctuario de San Antonio Parish, St. Peter and Paul Paris, and St Andrew the Apostle.
When looking for a church in which to hold your wedding, there are a few considerations to make. First is the date of your wedding. Is it during the rainy season or in the summer? If it’s the latter, you might want to opt for a fully air-conditioned church so you won’t turn from a blushing bride to fainting one. It will also be most convenient for everyone as most of your guests and definitely those who are part of the entourage are all dressed up and wearing make-up.
The next thing that you need to consider is accessibility. Is the church accessible to the couple, to the family members and close friends? Is it located near a possible reception venue? Check also if there are available parking slots for your guests who will be bringing their car. It will be embarrassing to have them park a few blocks away and walk their way to the church or risk having their cars picked (you’re in Manila, anyway).
Third, picture how the church will look like during the day itself. Will it look good in pictures? Is the cross too big? Is the aisle too narrow or is too long for someone as clumsy as you are?
Lastly, close your eyes and picture yourself getting married in the church you’re considering. Do you see yourself exchanging vows with the man you love inside that church? Is it the same as the one you have always dreamed of when you were young or is it even better? If so, then you’ve found it.