Nothing fulfills your dream wedding more than a gorgeous venue to set the mood, and if you’re a lover of the arts, you might be aspiring for a church that can rightly feed your personal aesthetic. Whether you’re a minimalist most attracted to clean lines, defined shapes, and white spaces, or a maximalist drawn to ornate altars and intricate murals, or somewhere in between, consider these art-inspired churches to elevate your fated future nuptials.
1. San Pedro Calungsod Chapel, Cebu
At first glance, the Church of San Pedro Calungsod, dubbed the 100 Walls Church, in Cebu looks more like a giant art exhibition than a religious structure. Then again, it’s exactly its unique design that attempts to capture the true spirit of modern religion: diverse and inclusive. A complex of 100 concrete walls, each is rendered in a different size, meaning not one wall has a duplicate, yet they all co-exist in perfect harmony to create an admittedly architectural marvel. Meanwhile, asymmetrical lines and edges characterize the church’s pristine interior, making it the ideal choice for a clean and muted minimalist wedding aesthetic.
Location: SM Seaside Complex, Cebu City
2. St. Alphonsus Mary Ligouri Parish, Makati
The art-deco inspired arches of the St. Alphonsus Mary Ligouri Parish in Makati is the no-fail Instagrammable location for your editorial-worthy nuptials. Accented by its stained glass altar, the modern church is everything you’re looking for if you’re aiming for an architectural wonder that’s both artsy and stylish to backdrop your special day. Be advised though that the church does follow a strict dress code for both the bride and the entourage, so make sure you discuss the matter with the church first before getting your all-too important wedding garb made.
Location: 1232 Humabon, Makati, 1232 Kalakhang Maynila
3. Shrine of St. Therese of Child Jesus
Ever wanted your wedding photos to look straight out of a Wes Anderson film? Consider the Shrine of St. Therese of Child Jesus in Pasay. Built with a classical contemporary design, the dome-shaped church has an unconventional column-less interior, creating sleek, round edges for a soft and dainty touch to your nuptials. Plus, the appealing contrast between its warm orange walls and dark blue-green altar definitely make for a dreamy filmic visual.
Location: 20 Newport Boulevard, Newport City Complex, Barangay 183, Villamor Air Base, Pasay, 1309 Metro Manila
4. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Antipolo
For an outdoor minimalist wedding venue, the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Antipolo may just be a drive away. Located among green foliage, the venue is said to have an open and airy natural breeze that it almost feels like a partly enclosed garden wedding, boasting of modern, industrial architecture.This church isn’t just Instagram-approved, it also happens to be movie-worthy seeing as it’s the same church where Popoy (John Lloyd Cruz) and Basha (Bea Alonzo) of A Second Chance held their much-anticipated fictional nuptials. Take note that you may just have to deal with the occasional noise from the highway nearby.
Location: Daang Bakal Rd, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal
5. Chapel on the Hill, Tagaytay
Fulfill the fairytale wedding of your dreams at arguably the most favored chapel in Tagaytay: Chapel on the Hill. The chapel’s gazebo-like round wooden structure can make for a polished yet rustic wedding theme. Its enclosed stained glass panels encircling the venue and the altar allow for the perfect, natural golden hour lighting to stream in if you strategically schedule your ceremony by the early evening for those dramatic and romantic after-wedding shots. Additionally, guests will definitely appreciate the cool breeze and warm ambience, coming from both its elevated state, and the serene, scenic sea-view below. That being said, it may take a bit of walking to reach the venue, but we guarantee the slight hike upwards will all be worth it to get that filmic warm glow for your wedding photos.
Location: Don Bosco Batulao, Brgy. Cahil, Calaca Batangas, c/o Tagaytay Post Office, Tagaytay City
6. Saint Michael Parish Church, Cebu
The baroque rococo interior of the Shrine and Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel Parish is nothing less than majestic. Also known as the Argao Church, Cebu’s well-kept treasure first finished construction back in 1788 and has been thoroughly maintained ever since. Rich with intricate décor, the church has a total of five altars. Its main one houses three statues of the archangels St. Raphael, St. Gabriel, and St. Michael, while its high-ceiling is lined with ornamental chandeliers fit for a more theatrical-style wedding. The church’s most famous feature, of course, lies with its magnificently painted ceiling: a pure work of art that illustrates a series of bible passages and angelic imagery. Who wouldn’t want a mural of the heavens looking down at you as you say your “I dos”?
Location: Argao, Cebu
7. Paco Park Church, Manila
Get the best of both worlds—or in this context, the best of both aesthetics—at the St. Pancratius Chapel, better known as the Paco Park Church. Located within the compound of Adamson University, the dome-shaped church has an old, rustic exterior, perfect for vintage-themed shots, while its white, clean interior allows for a more minimalist feel, making sure to keep all eyes on you and your future spouse. They also have a garden to celebrate your reception at if you’d rather not have to worry about transferring venues. Keep in mind, though, that the church itself is small, meaning you’ll have to start your great dramatic walk from the fountain outside, and keep your guests to a minimum if you don’t want to overwork the air-conditioning.
Location: 959 San Marcelino St., Paco, Manila City, Metro Manila
8. Betis Church, Pampanga
Also known as the St. James Apostle Parish Church, the Betis Church in Pampanga is yet another structure famous for its intricate ceiling art, ideal for all the maximalist bride and grooms to be. Established way back in 1607, the church is rife with art reminiscent of the Renaissance period in Europe, from its ornate altar, to its sculptures and gold paintings, to its famous religious murals depicting Biblical scenes, saints, and angels. The sublime work of art by painters Simon Flores and Victor Ramos has caused the Betis Church to be dubbed as Sistine Chapel of the Philippines.
Location: Guagua, Pampanga