Ian’s Pamamanhikan last 10 May 2015 went really well. I was, honestly, secretly scared that our families might not get along. I don’t know why, but that’s what I felt.
During the Pamamanhikan, we talked about the wedding date, theme, motif, and the entourage. Ian and I would like to have a summer wedding next year. However, the elders from Ian’s side of the family would like for us to move the wedding to December this year. As much as we would like to accommodate their request, sadly, I don’t think our current running costs will allow us to move the wedding to an earlier date. In addition, December weddings usually take 1 year to block off dates, especially if you want your wedding in a well-known Church and reception venue.
Speaking of Churches, we have shortlisted some in Manila that we’d like to have for the wedding.
Below are some of the shortlisted Churches with their rates, photos, and addresses. Hopefully, this small list can help you with your own wedding planning! Have fun!
1. San Agustin Church
Cost: PhP 33,500.00
Address: General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila
Comments: I love the interior! My colleague from Australia says that it looks like a church made for fairytale weddings. I agree! I love the arches and the details found in the ceiling. The chandeliers are gorgeous, too! Unfortunately, PhP 33,500 is a little too steep for 1-hour use of the Church. Hence, we are on the hunt for other Churches around Manila. We’ll probably have our ceremony here if we have extra cash from the wedding budget!
2. National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels
Cost: PhP 9,500.00
Address: 1000 Gen. Solano St, San Miguel, Manila, Metro Manila
Comments: The simplicity of the National Shrine of St. Michaele and the Archangels caught my attention. It does have a nice looking altar, which would look great in the wedding photos. I also love the fact that the reservation costs only PhP 9,500. That’s a huge help in our budget should we end up in this Church!
3. Basilica Minore de San Sebastian
Cost: PhP 25,000.00
Address: Pasaje del Carmen St, Quiapo, Manila
Comments: San Sebastian Church originally topped our list because this is where Ian’s parents tied the knot. However, we considered San Agustin Church for the top option because it was just walking distance from Casa Manila, which is a possible reception venue for us. I like the rich history that both San Sebastian and San Agustin Church have, but unfortunately, my mind tells me to look for a more affordable option. Spending 25k-35k for an hour’s use of a church seems impractical.
4. Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Cost: to be updated
Address: 40 Lantana St., Cubao, Quezon City
Comments: I never knew about this Cathedral until just a few days ago. I was desperately looking for another church option when I accidentally found a photo of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. I fell in love with this Church and excitedly asked Ian if we could consider it. Fortunately, he likes it, too. So we’ll drop by the Cathedral soon to ask for their rates (I called their office, but the person on the other line wanted me to get their brochures instead of telling me the rates over the phone.)
Hopefully, we get to book our wedding in one of these Churches soon. I really want to be able to book it within the month so that we can finally move on to other areas of the wedding.