5 Wedding Destinations in the Philippines

5 Wedding destinations in the Philippines

Planning a destination wedding entails far more than finding the most romantic spot to exchange your vows. There are also many practical questions to answer when putting together a wedding of any sort. Will it be a church wedding or a civil ceremony? Do you both prefer an intimate gathering of immediate family and close friends only, or do you want to throw the party to end all parties? All of these and more come into play when planning a destination wedding, with the additional logistics of getting everyone there and back again! Read on for our top 5 picks for wedding destinations that give the best of both romance and logistics for your saying “I do”. 

Tagaytay

This beautiful city on the ridge is a favorite wedding destination because of its breezy weather and its proximity to Metro Manila. An added plus is that most venues near or within Tagaytay have experienced working with the big wedding vendors, making things much easier for soon to be wed couples! You can tie the knot in lovely churches such as Calaruega or the Chapel on the Hill, and proceed to your reception in a grand hotel such as the Taal Vista Hotel or perhaps in the more cozy Sonya’s Garden. If a garden wedding is more your thing, exchange your vows at venues such as the Hillcreek Gardens or the Estancia Resort Hotel. 

Palawan

Aiming for a beach wedding? Palawan should be on top of your list! Its picturesque vistas of white sand, crystalline waters, and glorious sunsets make the perfect backdrop for your big day! You can count on it that the top resorts here have catered to weddings, including some celebrity occasions. Walk down the aisle and celebrate with family and friends at boutique resorts such as Club Paradise, or the Two Seasons Coron Island Resort, before slipping off to your honeymoon! 

Illocos

Both Illocos Sur and Illocos Norte have much to offer for the young couple wanting a destination wedding up north. Santiago in Illocos Sur offers another picturesque beach backdrop, with an added Greek twist that will make you feel like you are actually in Santorini! Another great place for weddings is Vigan, especially for couples with vintage or traditional wedding themes. Nothing spells elegant more than Vigan’s Calle Real! 

Should you wish to hold your ceremony in a lovely, historical church, look no further than the Paoay Church in Illocos Norte. Illocos Norte also has great wedding reception venues such as Fort Illocandia or the Palacio de Laoag. 

Cebu

Cebu epitomizes the best of both worlds; you can choose to have a very traditional wedding with all the frills or go avant garde, all without leaving Cebu City. Metro Cebu is chock full of churches old and new such as the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral or the Sacred Heart Parish. Further out are scenic garden venues including the Chateau de Busay and the Montebillo Villa Hotel. If you have your heart set on a beach wedding, never fear! All around Cebu and on Mactan are premier hotels and resorts such as the Shangri-la Hotel, Crimson, and Cebu White Sands that offer both garden and beachfront venues where you can wed then dine right after!

Cagayan de Oro

Take your romance to a new height (literally) by holding your wedding at this beautiful city in Misamis Oriental. Cagayan de Oro is known for its rolling and lush vistas that are a photographer’s dreams…and also a perfect setting for your wedding. Resorts and hotels such as the Ultra Winds Mountain Resort, Cove Garden Resort, and Harbor Lights offer a variety of wedding packages that you can readily coordinate and tweak to suit your theme or budget!


Although planning a destination wedding may be challenging, the logistics can be made so much easier by choosing a venue that is ready to accommodate all you need for your special day. This means picking a location that knows your vendors (or can work with them), and you can trust to be accessible for all your guests. We hope this list can inspire you when planning for your big day, together. Cheers! 

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