Got your heart set on a destination wedding? There are several reasons to consider Cebu as the location for your dream-like nuptials. To say that the Queen City of the South, with its own crop of amazing wedding suppliers to boot, has much to offer future newlyweds is an understatement. Aside from attractive sights by way of coastlines and rolling hills, Cebu also offers several picturesque venues that would suit even the most cosmopolitan brides.
Fun fact: Cebu is considered the birthplace of Christianity in the country. This means the province has no shortage of beautiful, historical churches where you can exchange vows! From grand old cathedrals that have stood the test of time to modern churches that have gotten a facelift, brides will surely find their ideal wedding venues in Cebu. Check them out below:
1. Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
One of the most recognizable churches on the list, the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral is too great for words: It boasts of a grand exterior of stone and concrete, high ceilings, magnificent chandeliers, and an ornamented altar for the most elegant of weddings. The cathedral is also the ecclesiastical seat of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cebu, and was built in 1565. This stunning church bore witness to many high-profile nuptials, including Divine Lee’s wedding to Blake Go, who hails from Cebu.
Location: Mabini Street, Cebu City, Cebu
2. Sacred Heart Parish
One look at the Sacred Heart Parish, also known as the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, and it’s not hard to see why it’s risen to become one of the most popular wedding venues in Cebu. The facade is immediately striking, with stunning, modern, and elegant arches that make up its facade, along with stained glass windows and geometric shapes. Step inside the church and by the altar is a moving, stained-glass mosaic that underscores its minimalist interiors, complete with marble-tiled floors, sleek wooden pews, and Kenneth Cobonpue-designed chandeliers. A church fitting for a stylish bride!
Location: 242 D. Jakosalem St., Cebu City
3. Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod
Located at the SM Seaside Complex in Cebu is this striking, modern chapel that consists of sleek walls and stacked pillars that will make any minimalist’s heart skip a beat. Free of stained glass windows, ornate cornices, and holy figures that are typically present in traditional churches, the Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod has a facade that is practically bare, save for a single cross perched on top.
Location: South Road Properties, near SM Seaside, Mambaling, Cebu City
4. Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
The Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño stands as one of the most iconic churches in the Philippines, a structure that holds much historical weight. The Basilica is mainly what gives Cebu the distinction of being the cradle of Philippine Christianity, as the church holds the record of being the oldest Roman Catholic church in the country. Its historical significance is what draws visitors of all backgrounds and intentions to visit, from history buffs and religious pilgrims, to IG-loving tourists and brides-to-be!
Centuries after it was built, the Sto. Niño Basilica maintains its old and grand architecture—a picturesque edifice that still holds its Baroque architecture, mixed with flecks of Muslim influences.
Location: Santo Nino Chapel Ln, Cebu City, Cebu
5. St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish
The ceilings are high and the interiors could only be described as palatial: Gold cornices adorn the white, high ceilings of the church, a modern yet elegant design that is suited to grand and traditional weddings. A stunning dome at the altar is complete with high windows and stately arches, making St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish a sophisticated venue choice. However, you might find it hard to believe that in the place of this monumental structure was just once a piece of rubble, all that remained of the old church during World War II. After rebuilding it as a small cottage, locals worked hard to afford themselves a beautiful place of worship.
Location: Edison St. corner Pasteur St., Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu
6. Archbishop’s Palace
Thinking of a more intimate guest list, say, between 60 to 70 people? This charming venue showcases an idyllic design with turn-of-the-century interiors, a lush garden, and a solemn chapel that’s perfect for the most romantic and intimate weddings. The Archbishop’s Palace also incorporates a few of the Filipino-Spanish influences during that period, such as all-stained glasses and ornate lanterns. You can’t ask for a better wedding venue, especially when you’re trying to keep it low-key!
Location: Dionisio Jakosalem St, Cebu City, Cebu
7. Redemptorist Church
An all-white facade, towering heights, and a classically picturesque design make the Redemptorist Church a popular wedding venue for many brides. As its interiors are mostly white, it serves as the perfect blank canvas for those wedding couples who prefer to get their hands on in the wedding planning. High ceilings, archways, and colonnades lend a neo-classical touch to this church, as well as a stately elegance. Imagine a classic, romantic wedding taking place here!
Location: Queen’s Road, Cebu City, Cebu
8. Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio de Maria Parish Church
On the outside, it may not look like much: Weathered brick and stone flank its exterior, sheltered by a red roof that looks like it’s been washed out. But it’s this rustic charm, set in the unassuming countryside of Boljoon in Cebu, that makes this church stand out. Nestled in natural greenery, this parish formerly known as Boljoon Church, now named as a National Cultural Treasure, was founded as a small chapel for this former Christian settlement in 1783. The church still keeps many of its Baroque influences and other old features to this date, including its old watchtower that kept out Moro raiders, and a pulpit where the priest gave his sermon ages before the microphone was invented.
Location: Natalio Bacalso Avenue, Poblacion, Boljoon, Cebu
9. Cebu Archdiocesan Shrine of Saint Pedro Calungsod
The Cebu Archdiocesan Shrine of Saint Pedro Calungsod was the undertaking of Cebu Archbishop Vidal, together with generous benefactors. The shrine was designed by Prudence Salutillo, who also incorporated ideas from Fr. Ildebrando Jesus Aliño Leyson. Not to be confused with the San Pedro Calungsod Chapel, this regal church is also in honor of Saint Pedro Calungsod, replete with chandeliers, high windows, and an ornate, eye-catching shrine that features a striking altar and other stunning details. What easily captures one’s attention is the huge medallion on the wall of the altar, surrounded with large golden rays and fiery-hued glass.
Location: D. Jakosalem St., Cebu City, Cebu
10. Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church
The Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church may look weathered and antiquated on the outside with its brick-and-stone facade. Inside, however, is more refined and genteel, with wide and airy interiors decked out in white and marble, pointed ceilings, and geometric figures that balance out its old-world influences. Outside the church is a wide courtyard that’s perfect for the most romantic wedding photos!
Location: Danao City, Cebu