Destination weddings continue to become more and more popular among brides-to-be, but just because you’re planning a wedding away from the city doesn't mean you have to go too far. It’s definitely possible to hold your nuptials away from the stress and noise without going through great lengths and distances.
The areas south of Manila continue to gather all sorts of couples who want scenic and intimate ceremonies that aren’t hampered by the bustle of the metro. That said, why not consider Laguna? It’s anywhere between an hour to a two-hour drive from Manila, blessed with picturesque sights and untouched vestiges of nature, from rolling hills and mountains to lush forests and gardens. Plus, Laguna has no shortage of stunning churches where you can exchange vows!
We put together a list of some of the most beautiful churches in Laguna so you can mark your special day in style.
1. Montecito Chapel (Our Lady of Guadalupe)
Manicured lawns, scenic views, and a dainty chapel on a tiny hill in the midst of lush gardens and trees. The Montecito Chapel, also known as the Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel, is a dream venue for any bride and groom looking into a rustic affair. With white walls and wooden beams, there’s a simple elegance to the venue that makes its space in the suburban lawns of Nuvali. While the use of the chapel is strictly limited to Montecito homeowners, non-residents can make use of the church through an endorsement.
Location: Montecito Village, Calamba, Laguna
2. Nuestra Señora de los Remedios Parish
The city of San Pablo, Laguna is its own haven for destination weddings, with its own set of pretty venues and enchanting gardens. San Pablo is also home to some of the most picturesque churches: take for instance the Nuestra Señora de los Remedios Parish, a church decked out in red brick with its own quaint touches, such as its wood accents and grill archways. Couples can even choose to have a wedding arch decorated by the entrance!
Location: Mercury St., ADB Subdivision, Brgy. Del Remedio, San Pablo City, Laguna
3. San Pablo Cathedral (Cathedral Parish of Saint Paul the First Hermit)
Here’s another grand, old cathedral for those looking into a vintage-themed wedding. The San Pablo Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Parish of Saint Paul the First Hermit, was built in the 17th century and still maintains its Baroque facade. The 400-year-old church has gone through some renovations, however, with the church restored to its former glory with a few modern elements. It boasts of a sweeping center aisle in marble and gold leaf, a noteworthy detail for brides who dream of the perfect walk.
Location: Rizal Avenue, San Pablo City, Laguna
4. San Roque Parish
This colorful church exudes a bright ambiance that’s perfect for any cheerful bride. Decked in mustard yellow and large stained glass windows, the San Roque Parish showcases its Mexican-inspired influences. Aside from symmetrical ceilings and adobe walls, the altar showcases carved wood in gold leaf. An elevated loft allows the choir’s voices to soar across the church, and lets photographers take beautiful sweeping photos of the wedding.
Location: Cipriano Colage Ave., San Pablo City, Laguna
5. Sto. Niño de Cebu Parish
This beautiful parish painted in red will definitely stand out in a charming suburban wedding! Located in the upscale neighborhood of Southwoods in Laguna, the Sto. Niño de Cebu Parish still retains elements of the old, Baroque style our churches are traditionally designed in, mixed with its own modern flair. The church also features a manicured garden, and a courtyard with a fountain for charming nuptial photos.
Location: Southwoods Ave, Biñan City, Laguna
6. Blessed Sacrament Parish
This church in stone and concrete has more than what meets the eye. Although its exterior can be a little unassuming, it’s the interiors that truly impress. Peek inside and you will be impressed by its sloped panel ceilings, all painted in white with a section of glass in the middle. The retablo by the altar is decked out in wooden panels, giving the church a current vibe. Aside from hint of marble throughout, modern black chandeliers hang from the ceiling instead of old candelabras. It’s a great choice for a bride who wants to keep up with the times.
Location:South City Homes, Brgy. Sto. Tomas, Biñan City, Laguna
7. Diocesan Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
If UP Diliman has its Parish of the Holy Sacrifice, then the University of the Philippines Los Baños has the Diocesan Shrine of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, known to its alumni as the UPLB Chapel. With a tall, sloped roof and stained glass that runs down its facade, the church effortlessly incorporates outdoor elements in its design. Inside, the retablo is adorned with stone bricks, and its ceiling fitted in sleek wooden panels. A wood and stone sculpture of Jesus on the cross also hangs above.
Location: Victoria M. Ela St. UPLB, Batong Malake, Los Baños, Laguna
8. Saint Marc’s Chapel
Thanks to its one-of-a-kind design, the Saint Marc’s Chapel in UP Los Baños has also made its way in several films and television shows. This venue is best for brides who are keen on a unique setting. Instead of the conventional four walls, everything at the chapel is completely outdoors, nestled in the midst of a forest, save for a suspended concrete ceiling and triangular glass panels that run down the middle. It’s also ideal for brides who have always dreamed of a garden wedding—imagine walking down the aisle in a pathway made of pebbles!
Location: Ibarang Road, National Arts Center, Los Baños, Laguna
9. Saint James the Apostle Parish Church
The town of Paete, Laguna is a charming place that is filled with local artisans and craftsmen who can lend their craftsmanship on your special day. In case you want to stay close, consider Saint James the Apostle Parish, the only Roman Catholic church in the town. This historic church was built with stone in 1646, and is filled with centuries-old wooden paintings and images of saints. It’s a grand old monument built in the Baroque style with local influences. Perfect for the history buff and for those with a knack for the old and vintage!
Location: Tinawin St, Paete, Laguna