Within Metro Manila’s urban landscape are towering corporate skyscrapers, grand structures, and the most cosmopolitan high-rise residences that dot the city skyline. And when you’re in Makati, expect no less than architectural feats and luxurious buildings that are just fitting for the wealthy financial district!
A destination wedding definitely has its own appeal, but when most of your loved ones live in the city, planning one that's far away could be a hassle. Plus, there certainly are bona fide city girls who have always dreamed of having their wedding in the upscale and elegant venues the metro has to offer. Planning a reception is one thing, as several hotels and event halls are located in Makati, but have you checked out the churches within the city?
Home to some of the most upscale residences in the metro, it’s no surprise that stunning and opulent structures such as churches are in Makati City, which means you’ll never run out of beautiful venues to explore! Some of the grandest affairs involved a church ceremony, as these churches tend to invoke a sense of grandeur and sophistication. Church weddings capture a different kind of solemnity, so if that’s the kind of wedding you’ve always imagined, then a church wedding may be for you.
Makati City pretty much has it all, from idyllic suburban parishes and grand heritage churches to modern silhouettes that add a whole new meaning to the term “place of worship.” Make that gorgeous city wedding happen in one of these stunning churches in Makati!
Santuario de San Antonio Parish
There’s a reason this church is so highly coveted by brides as it had even imposed hefty wedding fees at one point. Located in the confines of the affluent Forbes Park, Santuario de San Antonio has the elegant, old-world charm of the posh village that surrounds it. This pretty pale-hued church is dressed in Baroque architecture with a cross-shaped layout and a dome ceiling, surrounded by lush greenery. Brides can choose to walk down the aisle on a green or red carpet. The church also contains some very valuable artwork by National Artist Fernando Amorsolo, who was commissioned to hand paint the murals. Several celebrities have exchanged vows in this church, including Maxene Magalona and Rob Mananquil.
Location: 3117 McKinley Rd., Forbes Park, Makati
St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish
To say that its facade stands out is an understatement. Also known as the Magallanes Church, the St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish is another popular choice for the most stylish cosmopolitan weddings, thanks to its magnificent structure and Art Deco-inspired interiors. In place of an elaborate shrine is a simple wooden and glass altar, with modern, minimalist-looking pews. Its high ceilings, symmetrical curves and glass windows make this the perfect venue for the contemporary bride! Please note that dress rehearsals are required in this church, and you and your entourage may have to follow a dress code.
Location : Humabon Place, Magallanes Village, Makati
St. Andrew the Apostle Parish
Here’s another architecturally remarkable parish, located in the stylish area of Bel-Air. Boasting of a modern and unconventional silhouette, this unique-looking church was designed by none other than famous Filipino architect and National Artist Leandro Locsin, the same legend behind the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Church of the Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman. Brides may have to bear with a rather short walk down the aisle given the unconventional layout. But with its symmetrical curves, a circular altar and an X-shaped layout, this venue is ideal for modern brides looking for an intimate setting.
Location: N. Garcia St. cor. Kalayaan Ave., Bel-Air II , Makati
Don Bosco Church
Here’s another alternative for brides who are keen on booking a church with a modern design. The Don Bosco Church, also known as the Saint John Bosco Parish Church, has a geometric silhouette — its roof is curved upwards to resemble a leaf. Inside, its ceilings are adorned in crisscross shapes, with marble-tiled floors and a striking shrine in the middle. The sunburst motif behind the altar provides a beautiful backdrop for photos. You will need to reserve the venue no later than six months before the wedding, however. If you’re considering holding your wedding on a weekend, just provide an officiating priest.
Location: A. Arnaiz Avenue corner Amorsolo St., San Lorenzo Village , Makati
National Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish
This church marries traditional and modern elements, perfect for brides who are looking for a grand, old-fashioned wedding, with a long walk down the aisle. Located in San Antonio Village, the National Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish has high ceilings, stained glass windows, and a dome-shaped ceiling by the altar. Outside is a wide porch in the middle, surrounded by greenery that's perfect for picture taking!
Location: 4 Sacred Heart St., San Antonio Village, Makati
Nuestra Señora de Gracia Parish Church
Looking for something old and grand? The Nuestra Señora de Gracia Parish Church is perfect for brides who want more of a vintage feel, or are history buffs. One of the oldest churches in Metro Manila, the church is formerly known as the Nuestra Señora De Guadalupe, boasting of a preserved Renaissance-Baroque style as typical of churches of its time. This church has also been the setting of several movies and television shows! There are steps leading up to the old stone structure, a striking facade that will make you feel like you are being transported to another time.
The adobe walls are still carried inside, but its white domed ceiling balances the ancient feel, giving it a more welcoming vibe. Beautiful, intricate chandeliers hang from above, giving its interiors an elegant sense of grandeur. Plan that picture-perfect ceremony, stat!
Location: 7440 Bernardino St., Guadalupe Viejo , Makati
Church of the Holy Trinity
Located along McKinley Road in Forbes Park is an Anglican/Episcopalian church with a stylish address and refined interiors. The Church of the Holy Trinity hosts a multi-cultural Anglican community, a diverse congregation of expats, Filipinos, and Chinese members. First established just after World War II, the Trinity community has grown to a little over a hundred thousand in their congregation. Their location leaves them secluded from the noise of the city, and is surrounded by beautiful green gardens as well as ample parking space.
Location: 48 McKinley Road, Forbes Park, Makati City