Exchanging vows in one of these 10 beautiful churches where celebrity weddings were held will surely add more excitement to your big day
Nothing is more exciting than the day you will finally tie the knot in a beautiful church. But what would give that moment a little extra is choosing a stunning church where famous personalities said their “I dos.”
If you’re still reviewing your list of churches to consider, you may consider checking out the churches on this list, where celebrities and famous people once exchanged vows.
1. Church of the Risen Lord, Quezon City
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Nestled inside the University of the Philippines Diliman campus, Church of the Risen Lord is a Protestant chapel established by a Protestant student group more than 50 years ago. Its unique structure and accessible location make it a popular wedding venue.
The church, with its saddle-shaped exterior and modern basilica interior architecture, was designed by highly esteemed Filipino architect Cesar H. Concio. Its concrete shell roof, designed to resemble a piece of folded paper, gives off a solemn and serene atmosphere, while its parabola-shaped façade, iron fence, and tall glass panels caught the eye of architect and Miss Universe-Philippines 2011 Shamcey Supsup, who got married in this very church to businessman Lloyd Lee in December 2013.
2. St. Joseph the Worker Church, Baguio
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If you want to be wed in the country’s summer capital, St. Joseph the Worker Church is one of the city’s most popular options. The cool weather of the church’s location is a great contrast to its warm interiors of brown pews, altar, and floors. Surrounded by stained glass windows running along the light-blue-and-white-painted walls are the numerous chandeliers that can be dressed to match the occasion. The huge glass cross welcoming visitors and guests is one of the identifying marks of the church.
It is recommended that wedding ceremonies be held during daytime while the sun is up and bright, as did actors Aga Muhlach and Charlene Gonzales, and radio personality Andi Manzano and husband GP Reyes. The sunlight streaming through the stained-glass windows will add a serene and magical feeling to the ceremony.
3. San Antonio de Padua, Silang, Cavite
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Named after the Portuguese Catholic priest St. Anthony, San Antonio de Padua bears a Portuguese appeal with its red bricked-walls and rustic, photo-worthy landscape highlighted by a white round water fountain. A driveway from the main road leads to the church’s arched main entrance and the bell tower right next to it.
The church’s interiors are lined by columns and stained-glass windows on top of iron grills where sunlight and air can seep in freely. Its high wooden beams and columns of wooden pews that support them make a cozy atmosphere perfect for wedding ceremonies, just like the 2014 wedding of singers Karylle and Yael Yuzon.
4. St. James the Great Parish, Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa
(Photo from St. James the Great Parish Facebook page)
Described as one of the most majestic churches in the country, St. James the Great Parish will surely give you the grand wedding you desire. Its interiors and exteriors speak elegance and luxury, while its altar is designed in gold and lit with a sky-blue light background. Add to that the fact that the church is in Ayala Alabang, an exclusive enclave in Muntinlupa.
St. James’s interior design is similar to that of the old churches of Rome. The available wooden pews can accommodate up to 500 guests. Outside, there is a large open parking space, a well-manicured landscape, and a water fountain. No wonder St. James was the choice of Eat Bulaga! power couple Vic Sotto and Pauleen Luna when they wed in February 2016.
5. Santuario de San Antonio, Makati
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Another church named after St. Anthony of Padua established by the Franciscans in the 1960s, Sanctuario de San Antonio is found in the very exclusive Forbes Park in Makati. One of the most preferred wedding venues in Metro Manila (due to its great location, no less), this church is popular among members of the Philippines’ most prominent families. It features warm yellow and gold indoor and outdoor walls, chandeliers held by long ceiling chains, and a dome-shaped altar ceiling.
Many celebrity couples have exchanged vows in this elegant yet understated church, among them singer Kyla and cager Rich Alvarez, actress Assunta de Rossi and congressman Jules Ledesma, host and columnist RJ Ledesma and Vanessa Pastor, and senator Tito Sotto and Helen Gamboa.
6. St. Pancratius Chapel, Manila
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Located inside Manila City’s famed Paco Park is St. Pancratius Chapel, more commonly known as Paco Chapel. This round chapel is the only structure in the park and is marked by a brick-red dome roof. The chapel might seem vintage from the outside but its interiors are contemporary, with all-white walls and ceilings, light marble accents, bright lights, and air-conditioning system. The size is perfect for intimate weddings as it can only fit up to 150 guests.
The park is one of the reasons couples choose to marry in the chapel. It is a great place for wedding receptions and photo-shoots because of its historic ambiance that give texture and more drama to the pictures. Some of the celebrities who got married in this chapel are singer Jay Contreras and child actress Sarah Abad, and model Kelly Misa and entrepreneur Carlos Fernandez.
7. Sto. Domingo Church, Quezon City
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One of the largest churches in Asia, Sto. Domingo Church, also known as National Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila, was established by the Dominicans in 1954. It is actually the sixth church established by the Catholic order after the destruction of their five churches in Intramuros, Manila. The current structure has been declared a National Cultural Treasure.
The structure itself is massive, boasting a floor area of approximately 3,300 sqm. The church is so big that not all seats are filled during Mass celebrations. The church’s center aisle is also long, which makes it popular among would-be brides because it gives them a long stretch to do their bridal walk. Famous personalities who chose to wed here include politician Mar Roxas and broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez.
8. Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Cubao, Quezon City
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Located at the heart of Cubao is Immaculate Conception Cathedral, which was built in 1950 by the Society of the Divine Word. Today, it is even more famous for witnessing one of the country’s most talked about celebrity weddings—that of movie stars Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera.
Recently renovated, the cathedral’s style leans toward neoclassic, boasting colorful stained-glass windows, stone pillars, a grand door, and an archway entrance that welcomes churchgoers.
9. Christ the King, Green Meadows, Quezon City
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What Christ the King Parish in Green Meadows lacks in history, it more than makes up for in aesthetics. One of Metro Manila’s “youngest” churches (it was built in 2003), it boasts a well-maintained surround and bright, modern aesthetic features. It has a neat and nice layout of pews and a figure of the Resurrected Christ at the altar.
As this is a popular wedding venue, booking a wedding date here could be quite difficult. Some of the successful couples who were lucky enough to tie the knot here are singers Jessa Zaragoza and Dingdong Avanzado, and broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad and GMA News’ producer Marnie Pulumbarit.
10. Manila Cathedral, Intramuros, Manila
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One of country’s oldest churches, the Manila Cathedral, a Roman Catholic basilica dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, was built in 1581. After it reopened in 2014 after a major facelift, this neo-Romanesque church now features mosaics, arches, pillars, stained-glass windows, marble and metal wares, and travertine statues of saints. It also reportedly houses some of the most expensive church items in the Philippines.
Because of its grandeur and rich history, the Manila Cathedral witnessed some of the most talked-about celebrity weddings in recent years, including those of movie stars Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion, politician Dodot Jaworski and actress Mikee Cojuangco, singer Nyoy Volante and stage actress Mikkie Bradshaw, and singer Roselle Nava and Allen Tan.