When you think of weddings, you think of timeless affairs preserved forever in photographs. It’s no wonder, then, that we tend to look back to the old days when it comes to wedding themes! There’s just that notion about romantic love, the kind you watch in old movies, that feels so rare nowadays.
Not that it’s necessarily true, but it’s nice to try and capture that kind of romance in the best way we can! Whether you’re old-fashioned at heart or just have a thing for the classics, vintage weddings are charming and timelessly beautiful. Think of horse-drawn carriages or vintage cars, classic tuxedos, and swinging jazz music. To plan the vintage wedding of your dreams, finding the perfect venue is only the beginning. Here, we rounded up some of the most beautiful venues in the Philippines for vintage-themed weddings!
Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
When it comes to vintage wedding venues, there’s no doubt that Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is always at the top of that list. This heritage site and resort in Bataan feels like taking a step back in time, from cobblestone streets to beautifully restored ancestral houses. There’s a bridge over a man-made river that is reminiscent of the past, and the church is a replica of the grand Balanga Cathedral. Arrive to your church in a horse-drawn carriage, and you can even hold your reception at an old Spanish-themed restaurant to complete the setting. It’s a Filipiniana dream come true!
Location: Barangay Ibaba, Bagac, Bataan
Casa Juico by Las Casas Filipinas
Want the old-world glamour of Las Casas without leaving the city? You can hold your reception at Casa Juico by Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, featuring a restaurant and banquet hall that is opulently designed in Art Deco influences. The original mansion, the ancestral home of the Juico family, is a 7,000 square-meter property designed by National Artist Pablo S. Antonio in the 1960s. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that behind Casa Juico’s menu is none other than Margarita Fores.
Location: 134 Roosevelt Avenue, San Francisco Del Monte
There’s an elegant countryside charm to Casa Vallejo in Baguio City, a wooden lodge whose original structure has been around since 1909. The two-storey boutique hotel has retained its American colonial architecture, restoring its beautiful hardwood floors and pine panels. As one of Baguio’s most recognizable sights, Casa Vallejo is also a popular wedding venue for the cutest rustic weddings! Its in-house gourmet restaurant, Hill Station, can also be rented for your reception—imagine an adorable country wedding surrounded by all of those pine trees.
Location: Upper Session Road, Baguio City
If you're feeling a Filipino-Spanish colonial wedding and you’re set on a destination affair, take your wedding to Vigan. Amidst the old houses and cobblestone streets is Hotel Luna, a stately hotel on Luna Street that's reminiscent of a 19th century Spanish-style mansion. It calls itself the first museum hotel, mixing the architectural details of the past with all the sensibilities of a modern luxury accommodation. Have your vintage wedding by the pool, or even in their in-house bar and restaurant complete with Art Deco details!
Location: Luna Street cor. De Los Reyes, Vigan City, Ilocos Sur
Nothing else says vintage like Manila Hotel. As Manila’s oldest premier hotel, the Manila Hotel is full of history and lives in its old grandeur, which you can easily pick up on the moment you enter its majestic doors and you stumble onto its beautifully restored lobby. As the hotel that was once home to the greatest world leaders and icons such as Ernest Hemingway, there’s a rich sense of heritage you can’t get anywhere else. The Maynila Ballroom, designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin, is a sweeping ballroom that can easily fit 300 guests.
Location: One Rizal Park, Manila
Casa Manila Patio
Looking into an Intramuros wedding? Literally just across the street from San Agustin Church, The Casa Manila patio is one of the most recognizable and perhaps one of the most photographed sights in Intramuros, with a beautiful stone courtyard and fountain as depicted in 19th century architecture. This scenic spot can easily fit about 50 to 150 guests at any given time, and makes for the perfect setting for romantic engagement shoots!
Location: Real Street, Intramuros, Manila
Circa 1900 is a property of restored Filipino colonial houses in Cebu, featuring turn-of-the-century interiors and architecture while nestled in lush, idyllic gardens and is adorned with all the sensibilities of a charming bed and breakfast that’s perfect for a romantic and intimate wedding. Circa 1900 is also a premium dining destination, with a Filipino and international menu using the best local ingredients by Executive Chef Shrimski.
Location: Sanjercasvil Road, Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City
Another picturesque Intramuros venue lives on in La Castellana, one of the most popular event spaces in the Walled City that has seen numerous weddings and other celebrations. Adorned in palatial interiors and restored 19th-century architecture, La Castellana’s space offers an elegant venue for large affairs in its grand foyer. If you’re into a more intimate setting, though, take a look into the El Jardin de La Luz, a Spanish-style courtyard surrounded by tropical foliage and hanging lamps. There’s also the Salon de Joaquin Ballroom if you prefer your reception indoors.
Location: 670 Beaterio St, Intramuros, Manila
Villa Milagros is another example of an old family home that has been preserved and immortalized as a memorable venue for weddings. Located in Rodriguez, Rizal, this sprawling one-hectare property was a gift by Isidoro Liamzon to his wife, Ma. Milagros in the 1960s, and became the summer home of the Liamzons for many years. Now restored and converted into a destination wedding venue, Villa Milagros has been host to many beautiful garden nuptials since 2015. The Mansion is an all-white estate with the roof in terracotta, with a sweeping driveway out front and retaining many of its original, ornate details. Large windows and wide balconies all around, it’s a romantic weekend destination for wedding festivities!
Location: Community Village, Rodriguez, Rizal
Casa Real at Acacia Estates is just a stone’s throw away from BGC. A colonial-inspired venue inspired by the iconic Tuason ancestral home in Sampaloc Manila, Casa Real evokes that nostalgic feeling, perfect for Filipiniana-inspired weddings. The Solariega Hall on the Upper Ground Floor can accommodate up to 130 guests, while the Cuadrilla Hall on the Second Floor is ideal for more intimate affairs of up to 80 guests. With a rental rate that reaches up to P28,000, this is a steal for budget-conscious brides who want to stay close!
Location: Acacia Ave, Taguig City, Metro Manila
Alta Veranda de Tibig
Located in Silang, Cavite with scenic views of Laguna de Bay, Alta Veranda de Tibig calls itself the first “special event venue” in Silang, a property with multiple event halls that can cater to special celebrations in all kinds of weather. The property is designed with Filipino-Spanish architecture in mind, with its numerous event halls designed in the bahay na batostyle, all surrounded in lush greenery and tropical gardens where you can also hold your outdoor affairs. Daisy’s Garden is a sprawling 1,200 square-meter open garden where you can host a rustic backyard wedding; you can also check out their Entresuelo Hall for a more intimate indoor option.
Location: Alcalde St., Brgy. Tibig, Silang, Cavite
It’s been a while since Tagaytay has been hailed as the quintessential wedding destination, and with good reason: it’s about an hour drive from the city and you can easily surround yourself around nature and cool weather, with the noise and bustle of the metro out of earshot. While you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to wedding venues in Tagaytay, don’t miss out on Antonio’s. The restaurant may be known as the Tagaytay’s top dining spot (it was included in the prestigious Miele Guide!), but it has also hosted various memorable weddings. Its elegant and intricate Filipino interiors, along with lavish tropical greenery has made it a beautiful destination for nuptials. Plus, your guests will definitely be treated to some fine dining through a menu created by Chef Tonyboy Escalante and his team!
Location: Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay City