Cut costs by exchanging “I dos” and having your honeymoon in one of these gorgeous destinations in the Philippines
Perhaps influenced by the media and famous personalities who’ve had their weddings outside the traditional setting of a church, more and more couples are preferring to celebrate their most memorable day in places like beaches and gardens.
Being an archipelago, the Philippines has indeed a lot to offer. From white-sand beaches to secluded islands and even nature sanctuaries, the options are endless for couples who choose to forgo the customary church wedding. MyProperty.ph has put together a list of seven of the best places where couples can to say their “I dos” and even go on their honeymoon, depending on their budget and willingness to travel.
Balesin Island Club
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Alphaland Corporation’s flagship project Balesin Island Club is a members-only 500-hectare tropical island paradise in Polillo, Quezon. It can be reached in less than half an hour with the club’s private planes and ferries. Luxurious amenities await valued guests, such as the Balesin Spa, Aquatic Sports Center, Sports Center, Flora and Fauna, The Chapel, Aegle Wellness Center, and horseback-riding facilities.
A dream wedding can be held in various parts of Balesin Island, such as the 7.3-kilometer pristine white-sand beach, Balesin Chapel, and Balesin Sala. There are even several indoor event halls among their authentically designed villages, which are patterned after famous cities in other countries. Receptions can be done in one of the numerous indoor and outdoor event areas around the island, including beachfronts, pool deck, event halls, and gardens. Wedding packages can also include select wedding ceremony needs and complimentary gifts, as well as amenities access for the couple and for their guests. Learn more about their offers here.
Address: Balesin Island, Polillo, Quezon
Contact details: (+632) 846-6205 or fill out a message form here
Stilts Calatagan Beach Resort
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Inspired by the Philippine natives who built houses on stilts above waters during the pre-colonial era, Stilts Calatagan offers premium cottages and cabanas on stilts right in the sea, all of which are connected by walkways. Each of these floating quarters has a direct beach access for the privacy of the guests. Aside from these deluxe accommodations, visitors may also opt to sleep in villas, bungalows, and unique tree houses.
The couple and their wedding guests may relax on the white sand beaches, flower-filled gardens, and rolling hills. Also within this 24-hectare beach resort are a variety of activities, such as water sports, discovery trips using their ATVs and bikes for rent, and camping. Stilts Calatagan will also help organize your wedding.
Address: Brgy. Sta. Ana, Calatagan, Batangas
Contact details: (+632) 511-8120, 511-1895; firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Angelfields Nature Sanctuary
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If you’re searching for a relaxing wedding destination that’s just an hour drive from Metro Manila, Angelfields Nature Sanctuary might be the one you’re looking for. Situated on the slopes of Tagaytay 1,450 feet above sea level and occupying 10 hectares, it is the perfect wedding getaway for you and guests due to its green landscape and cool atmosphere. Being a nature sanctuary, the place is filled with rejuvenating outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, trail walking, jogging under the trees, and areas for campfires.
They offer two garden venues and two indoor halls surrounded by lush greens to witness your big day. They currently have a promo for events booked for their newest climate-controlled facility Aqua en Vino on or before December 31, 2017. Details can be seen here.
Address: Angelfields, Tagaytay–Sta. Rosa Road, Purok 5, Brgy. Pasong Langka, Silang, Cavite
Contact details: (+63920) 968-4603, (+630917) 542-4024
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For a sure cool weather during your wedding, another great option in Tagaytay is The Midlands located in Tagaytay Highlands. Madre Dios Chapel, a California Mission–style chapel, is situated on a hill with a grand view of the Taal Lake and Volcano. With a nonrefundable deposit of Php5,000 made at least three months to one year prior to your preferred wedding date, you’re already one step closer to having you dream serene wedding with a grand view.
You can choose between two wedding packages: Blissful Union for Php150,000, and Heavenly Highlands for Php310,000 for the first 100 guests. Both packages and chapel rates include the wedding donation for the area’s parish, the documentation fees, and other rentals. To see the full list of inclusions, you may click here.
Address: Madre de Dios Chapel, The Midlands, Tagaytay Highlands, Tagaytay City
Contact details: (+6346) 478-7995, 483-0848 (local 2003); (+63917) 882-6885; firstname.lastname@example.org
Stunning Vistas Beach Resort
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Having one of the most stunning set of islands in the Philippines, El Nido has been catching the attention of the world. Naturally, business owners have taken advantage of the steady flock of tourists and are offering them world-class accommodations. Subsequently, resorts like Stunning Vistas Beach Resort started offering their facilities as venues for celebrations like weddings. Here, couples who wish to be married with El Nido’s famous sunset as dramatic backdrop need not to worry. With their breathtaking views, excellent service, and customized wedding package, a dream beach wedding is within reach. According to their website, all couples would have to bring are the wedding gown and suit and they’d take care of the rest, even the makeup. You may visit their site to check the rates for a wedding with 40 to 50 attendees, excluding the bride and groom.
Address: Corong-corong, El Nido, Palawan
Contact details: (+63999) 566-0888, (+63915) 177-6013
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa
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Shangri-La in Boracay is one of the Hong Kong-based hotel chain’s most acclaimed properties. Its location in the quiet, secluded corner of Boracay away from the hustle and bustle of White Beach makes for a fun yet solemn and elegant wedding and reception.
Shangri-La offers a wedding ceremony package starting at Php105,000 that includes venue rental, decorations, accommodations, and more. The couple can also select between two wedding reception packages: Sunbird for beach and outdoor weddings for as low as Php338,800 for the first 50 guests; and Starling, for function room and indoor weddings for as low as Php260,150 for the first 50 guests. Visit this page to see package inclusions and menus for the weddings.
Address: Barangay Yapak, Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan
Contact details: (+6336) 288-4988; email@example.com
Club Punta Fuego
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Despite being a premier membership resort club, Club Punta Fuego in Nasugbu, Batangas, welcomes all couples who wish to have their unforgettable wedding in this Spanish-Mediterranean-style residential resort even without membership. Located 2.5 hours southwest of Metro Manila, guests will enjoy its first-class recreational facilities, including their executive nine-hole golf course, all set against the impressive view of the Nasugbu coast.
With a choice between the chapel and the infinity pool as the ceremony location, Club Punta Fuego offers three wedding packages for 100 persons: the Pearl Wedding package, the Coral Wedding Package, and the Capiz Wedding package. The Pearl Wedding package includes everything a wedding would need, from the ceremony up to reception. There will also be a complimentary overnight stay for the wedded couple on their first anniversary. The Coral Wedding package only covers the reception and the complimentary overnight stay on the first anniversary. Lastly, the Capiz Wedding package covers both the wedding ceremony and the reception but without the complimentary gift. You may click here to view know more about their packages.
Address: Brgy. Balaytigue, Nasugbu, Batangas
Contact details: (+632) 843-8700, 584-4405