Finding the perfect wedding venue is surely a tall task to embark on. Luckily, the Philippines is filled with destinations that can easily fulfill the dream weddings of most brides and grooms. To get you started on your search, here’s a list of the top 10 destination weddings that are worth checking out.
1. The Manor at Camp John Hay (Baguio)
Baguio, the City of Pines, is known for its honeymoon weather. But, it is also bustling with venues for destination weddings that are sure to turn your special day into reality. One of them is The Manor at Camp John Hay.
This charming place is made more romantic with pine trees and cold mountain air. It has a homey and beautiful hotel with wooden interior that creates a nice and warm ambiance. One thing that you can’t miss is its garden that has an overlooking view of a valley--the perfect spot where you can have a quiet time with your spouse after all the celebrations are done.
Terrazas de Punta Fuego is the perfect venue for a destination wedding especially if you are looking to escape the usually chaotic urban scene. Located in Nasugbu, Batangas, it offers a plush tropical vibe especially for intimate and memorable beach weddings. Not to mention, its 800-meter stretch of powdery white sand beach creates a dreamy scene as the bride and the wedding entourage march towards the altar.
If you want to get picture-perfect wedding photos, the venue has the most charming backdrops that are sure to impress you. Want some ideas on how you can further improve the venue and make it more magical? You can check out the much talked about wedding of Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez which was held here.
If you are looking for something a bit old and rustic, the San Pedro de Alcantara in Laguna may just be the thing for you. Designed by the Spanish friars, San Pedro’s architectural design models the churches of old, echoing the grandeur of the mestizos and mestizas during the time of Rizal. Its marvelous reredo showcases different saints and its fresco laid with replicas of artworks all around the world. It offers a destination wedding for those who want to tie the knot classic-style.
A church built in 1588, San Pedro de Alcantara has witnessed history unfold for hundreds of years. It has been a part of many wedding stories and it could be a part of yours too.
4. Callao Cave (Cagayan)
If you’re wondering where the famous cave scene from “The Mistress” which starred John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo was taken, this is the answer. A naturally beautiful and cinematic place that suits intimate occasions, quiet whispers of love and devotion have been murmured within the astonishing and captivating Callao Cave. It is a hidden treasure found deep within Cagayan that witnessed a lot of unions.
The limestone cave is made of fissures that allow natural lighting to illuminate its interiors. In the daylight, you can see the different colored lights cascading around its altar, bringing a spiritual and ethereal glow unto the place. Having your destination wedding here may mean extra effort, but it is definitely worthy it!
Palawan has gained worldwide recognition as a go-to-getaway for both locals and tourists who want to commune with nature and have a grand vacation at the same time, but there is also a growing number of brides and grooms who chose to wed here.
El Nido, in particular, has been a favorite spot for destination weddings. And why wouldn’t this be? El Nido is known for its luxurious and eco-friendly resorts. It is a tropical paradise that you can’t help but be mesmerized to. Whether you are planning a beach, garden or rustic wedding, El Nido can be your perfect go-to wedding venue. Explore beautiful and unique islands, white sand beaches, and uninhabited forests as the options that guarantee to add a unique touch of romance to your wedding day.
6. Balesin Island Club (Quezon)
If wedding budget is not an issue and if your dream wedding is a mix of elegance, privacy and beauty, the Balesin Island Beach is the perfect choice. In recent years, this has been a favorite destination wedding venue. Not to mention, it has been a popular choice for celebrity marriages--with couples like Chiz Escudero and Heart Evangelista, Cristine Reyes and Ali Khatibi, and recently, Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia tying the knot in the exclusive island.
Aside from the intimacy offered by this remote resort, it features a one-of-a-kind concept with 7 themed villages inspired from world renowned seaside destinations, namely: St. Tropez, Costa del Sol, Bali, Phuket, Toscana, Mykonos, and the Philippines’ very own Balesin. Not to be missed is the Royal Balesin Villa which offers a mesmerizing sunset view and is especially suitable for large groups with 14 suites housed in the palatial venue. But no matter where you book your wedding at the resort, you’ll still have a stunning view of the lush fields, the impressive mountain, and the calming sea. It’s truly a destination wedding unlike any other.
Acclaimed for its powdery, white sand beaches, Boracay is a top destination for people who want to relax, go on an adventure, or just enjoy amazing sights. However, aside from being a traveler’s haven, the island has also gained a reputation for having the most beautiful and intimate wedding ceremonies that it has become a destination wedding go-to for famous couples--with the likes of Maxene Magalona and Rob Mananquil, Gab Valenciano and Tricia Centenera, and Jericho Rosales and Kim Jones staging their much-talked about unions in the island.
Another tropical paradise in the country, Boracay has the ambiance that injects the serenity of nature in a modern setting. The island is dotted with world-class resorts, hotels and amenities that can easily contribute in making your dream wedding wedding come true. Of course, the famous Boracay sunset is such an amazing sight to behold! Since the island will be reopened in October this year, one can only expect the revival of the world-class destination that has given the country a great reputation.
Another beach destination wedding option in Cebu, Bantayan Island is the venue of choice for those who’d rather skip the fancy hotels and accommodations in the city and just enjoy a peace and calm atmosphere that’s perfect for an intimate beach wedding. If you’re in search of an alternative to Boracay, this place won’t disappoint especially when it comes to white sand beaches!
Before it has become a famous spot for beach hoppers, Bantayan Island has been a secret getaway for travelers. Tucked away from urban centers, you’ll be greeted by a peaceful atmosphere as soon as you reach the island. It is so beautiful and picturesque enough to be chosen as the location for the movie ‘Camp Sawi’.
Another gem nestled in Nasugbu, Batangas, the Caleruega Church is one of the most popular wedding churches near Tagaytay--the city that is famous for brides and grooms to be who want an out-of-town wedding venue that is a stone’s throw away from Manila.
Also referred to as The Chapel of Transfiguration, actually sits atop a hill and is enveloped by lush greenery and landscape to make it a picture-perfect destination wedding venue. Whether you want a romantic, whimsical, or vintage wedding theme, the Caleruega Church as the elements to help you achieve impeccable results, as well as lasting memories!
Have you dreamt of a wedding that’s similar to that of Anne Curtis and Erwan Heussaff? Check out Batanes to know the breathtaking views it offers.
Often referred to as the New Zealand of the Philippines, it will take a lot of effort to not be mesmerized by the island’s amazing views and mysterious ambiance. The Tukon Chapel is a quaint structure that guarantees to win your heart even without drastic works for its decorations. The structure is made of stone and beautiful paintings adorn its ceiling.
With the beauty that surrounds the place, you can easily find a spot for your prenup and post-nuptial shoots. The Boulder Bay, Marlboro Country, & Rolling Hills are some of the most popular locations. And of course, not to be missed is the Fundacion Pacita du Tukon which is a high-end lodge that offers an open view of the Pacific Ocean, as well as all of Batanes’ most famous landmarks!
Having a destination wedding can be tough to plan out. But with the most beautiful venues in the country, you’re just a few miles away from realizing your dream wedding!
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