|Eliska Lam||30 May 2012|
|Listed in : Wedding Ceremony, Wedding Reception|
|Tags : wedding, ceremony, reception, destination, out of town|
Popular Spots for Destination WeddingsWant to tie the knot outside the city? Check out these well-loved places for destination weddings.
Nowadays, with affordable airfares and local wedding suppliers in just about every city, destination weddings are becoming more popular in the Philippines. Whether you want a ceremony with a spectacular mountain view or a laidback beach set-up, the country presents various options for the wedding of your dreams. Check out some of the popular cities for destination weddings.
The city's picturesque views and cool weather make it perfect for weddings, but the best thing about Tagaytay is that it's just 90 minutes away from Metro Manila. You can walk down the aisle in quaint chapels like Chapel on the Hill or the crowd favorite, the Transfiguration Chapel in Caleruega. Private gardens such as Sonya's Garden, Hill Creek Garden or Hacienda Isabela are available for intimate receptions amidst lush landscapes.
If you don't want to worry about rain, clubhouses such as those of Tagaytay Highlands and Splendido Golf Club offer good food and great ambience. The Glass House by Antonio's Villa Sommet, which can accommodate up to 350 guests, is another charming option for a relaxed and elegant celebration.
If you're a summer-loving couple, Boracay is the best place for your wedding. You can go for an informal party along the white beach, or choose to have an intimate affair in one of the private resorts scattered across the seven-kilometer island. Although it hardly rains in the island, you might want to rent a tent or have a backup indoor venue. For Catholics, the Holy Rosary Parish is the perfect place to exchange I Do's--you can have a solemn ceremony and still enjoy the laidback vibe of Boracay. On the other hand, the Pavilion by Shangri-La Boracay Resort is a great spot for couples who want a celebration with a view overlooking the sea. After the wedding, bond with your guests with activities like parasailing, island hopping or snorkeling. Late night parties are a huge thing in the island, and you may choose to have an after-party in one of Boracay's clubs.
Taking a six-hour trip by land from Manila to the City of Pines might be a challenge for your wedding party, but the romantic ambiance and the rich culture of the city will easily captivate you and your guests. Baguio Cathedral and the Our Lady of Lourdes Church are just some of the many churches you can consider if you plan to get married in Baguio.
Most local caterers specialize in garden weddings, and you might want to take advantage of the city's nippy weather (cooler in the months of November to February) by having an outdoor affair. Most of the popular sites such as Camp John Hay's Bell Ampitheatre, Bagiuo Country Club or Baguio Manor offer complete wedding packages to assist you in all your preparations. If you are a bit adventurous and you want to incorporate the culture of the city into your celebration, there are also local vendors from which you can order Ifugao wedding dresses and wedding cakes made from peanut brittle.
Cebu is one lively city with its bustling streets and busy night life. While the city is very much a modern one, it also enjoys a rich culture. In the city, Shangri-La Mactan Resort stands out with its grandiose structures and landscaped gardens. It has four venues that can accommodate receptions depending on your number of guests. You can also experience the neon lights and castle-like interiors of Cebu Waterfront Hotel and Casino. Other recommended venues include Casino Espasol, City Sports Club and the Grand Convention Center.
Whether you're a native or a tourist, it is unlikely that you won't fall in love with this favorite vacation spot. As Mindanao's largest city, it is also host to many wedding venues and halls, which range from beach fronts to majestic hotels. The Pearl Farm is a popular wedding destination especially if you love the sea. Their chapel by the beach makes for a picturesque spot, especially with the sunset in the background. Another popular venue is the Marco Polo Davao, which boasts internationally-acclaimed service. The hotel's ballrooms can accommodate a variety of parties ranging from 40 to 600 people.
You might also want to check:
- Destination Weddings Primer
- Choosing Suppliers for Your Destination Wedding
- Selecting a Resort For a Destination Wedding
- Things to Do After Your Destination Wedding
- How to Pamper Guests at Your Destination Wedding
Flashbox photo by Mango Red
Gallery photos by Imagine Nation Photography, Mango Red, Mimi + Karl, Pat Dy Photography, and Vago Nozze Studios