10 Over-the-Top Teleserye Weddings

Triple weddings, designer gowns, and more teleseryes that took this trope to another level.


(SPOT.ph) As any avid Pinoy teleserye viewer will tell you, a kidnapping scenario and an abandoned warehouse are staples in a series finale. And if there's anything Pinoys love more than drama, it's a grand wedding where they will witness the two leads overcome ridiculous obstacles to finally tie the knot. The '90s hit soap Mula Sa Puso upped the ante when they had Rico Yan and Claudine Barretto exchange vows in the 1999 movie adaptation. Here are 10 other teleseryes that also took this Pinoy TV trope to another level.


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Walang Hanggan

The plot: This 2011 soap opera starred the powerhouse ensemble cast of Coco Martin, Julia Montes, Richard Gomez, and Dawn Zulueta. Its story spanned three generations, but primarily centered on the love triangle of Daniel (Martin), Katerina (Julia Montes), and Nathan (Paulo Avelino). 


How it all went down: ABS-CBN went all out for this grandiose affair, reportedly spending P500,000 just for the cymbidium orchids that adorned the aisle and the church's facade. (Reports say they spent a whopping P3 million for the entire affair!) The Daniel-Katerina nuptials were held at the historic San Agustin Church in Intramuros, with Montes riding a white, horse-drawn carriage to the venue. Her gown by designer Paul Cabral also featured a very lengthy train.


Photo via Anthony Co's Facebook page



The plot: Back in 2010, Magkaribal dominated the TV landscape, largely thanks to its unique setting and the literal rivalry between its two lead characters. Bea Alonzo and Gretchen Barretto play Angela and Anna, respectively—orphaned sisters who are torn apart by tragedy and go on to lead separate lives. Years later, Anna is now Victoria Valera, a glamorous supermodel-turned-designer determined to dominate the world of fashion. She soon crosses paths with her long-lost sister, who now goes by Gelai, a budding designer.

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How it all went down: Magkaribal stands out from the teleserye pack by airing a wedding in the middle of the series' run instead of a grand finale. The fashion-serye dedicated a series of episodes to the wedding of Gelai and Louie (played by Derek Ramsay), covering everything from the detailed preparations down to the explosive ceremony that was punctuated by a shocking miscarriage and a runaway bride. For the ceremony, Alonzo donned a gown by designer Sassa Jimenez, and was photographed by Anthony Co.



Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin

The plot: This critically acclaimed 2011 series stars Coco Martin as twins Alexander and Javier, who trade lives (and loves) in a Parent Trap sort of way. More than that, it's a family drama that gives viewers a glimpse of the lives of military men and women, as well as the rebels who oppose them. 

How it all went down: Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin went the Mula Sa Puso route and staged an elaborate double wedding between Javier and Krista (Maja Salvador), and Joaquin (John Estrada) and Lora (Amy Austria). But before the characters could have their happy ending, there was a dramatic showdown between the twins and an even more dramatic character death via explosion.




Pasion de Amor

The plot: The show was essentially a Pinoy adaptation of the Colombian telenovelaPasion de Gavilanes. It stars Jake Cuenca, Ejay Falcon, and Joseph Marco as three tight-knit brothers who vow to seek revenge after their sister's secret affair with a much-older man results in her death. The convoluted plan? To seduce the older man's three beautiful daughters (Arci Munoz, Ellen Adarna, and Coleen Garcia).

How it all went down: Why settle for a double wedding when you can go for three? The trio of couples all wed in one really lengthy ceremony where they took turns reciting their vows. The scene was shot for an entire day at the Taal Basilica, with the cast clad in designs by Francis Libiran.


Richard and Maya: The Wedding from Jason Magbanua on Vimeo


Be Careful With My Heart

The plot: The romance between an immensely likeable barrio lass-turned-nanny (Jodi Sta. Maria) and a charming and wealthy widower (Richard Yap) proved to be a runaway hit for TV viewers in 2012. It successfully ran for two years, capped off with a grand wedding.

How it all went down: It's hard to believe that this fairytale wedding was fictional, considering the amount of work it took to make it happen. ABS-CBN made the festivities extra-special by hiring ace lensman Jason Magbanua to beautifully capture it all on film. They also enlisted perennial wedding favorite, MangoRED, to handle the prenup photoshoot. It took the show five days to tape the whole event at Taal Basilica in Batangas, with a reception at Villa Escudero in the Quezon province. Heck, they even had invitations, giveaways, and cake for the guests!




Pangako Sa 'Yo

The plot: The 2015 remake mostly remained faithful to the iconic original: It centers on Angelo and Yna (Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo), a young couple caught in a web of lies over the possibility that they might be half-siblings. It also features the famous love triangle of Eduardo Buenavista, Amor Powers, and Claudia Buenavista (Ian Veneracion, Jodi Sta. Maria, and Angelica Panganiban, respectively).

How it all went down: The all-star cast filmed the wedding at Santuario de San Vicente de Paúl in Quezon City, which was decorated with cherry blossoms to go with a pink motif. Sta. Maria donned a lavishly embellished gown by Francis Libiran that reportedly weighed six kilos. Of course, it's not a telenovela without some added drama; Claudia—whom everyone believes to have died in a car crash—suddenly reappears and causes a scene.




The plot: This 2015 fantasy-slash-religious drama tells the story of Nathaniel, a baby who dies in an accident and returns to Earth as an angel to fulfill a special mission. It stars newcomer Marco Masa in the titular role, alongside Gerald Anderson, Shaina Magdayao, and Isabelle Daza.

How it all went down: For the highly anticipated wedding between Paul (Anderson) and Martha (Daza), the scene was filmed at the Hanging Gardens Events Venue in Quezon City. The elegant ceremony took place in the Lafayette Garden, which was decorated with white flowers and crystal chandeliers along the aisle. Meanwhile, the reception took place at the Paris Garden, which was styled with red roses, silver candelabras, and an all-glass panel backdrop for the newlyweds.





The plot: Marimar is a beautiful and innocent barrio lass who was separated from her biological parents at a young age. She meets and falls in love with the wealthy Sergio, and their heated but rocky relationship kickstarts a lot of drama. 

How it all went down: Although GMA Network's 2015 remake had its own wedding, we're zeroing in on the beloved 2007 version that starred Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes. Because of the show's immense success, the network aired the ceremony and reception live. The two-hour special was tagged the "Wedding of the Year," with special cameos from celebrities like Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, and German Moreno.



Ikaw Lamang

The plot: This 2014 period drama stars an ensemble cast led by Coco Martin, Julia Montes, Kim Chiu, and Jake Cuenca. The story, which revolves around the lives of plantation workers and wealthy landowners, spans several decades from the '50s all the way to the early 2000s.


How it all went down: Prior to the finale's airing, ABS-CBN had audiences guessing whether the big wedding would be between Andrea (Chiu) and Gabriel (Martin) in the 2000s, or Isabelle (Chiu) and Samuel (Martin) in the '70s. It turned out to be the former! The big reveal was capped off with a gorgeous, bejeweled ball gown worn by Chiu, which was designed by Pepsi Herrera.



Saan Ka Man Naroroon

The plot: Claudine Barretto plays separated triplets (Rosenda, Rosario, and Rosemarie), who all have different lives, different personalities, and more importantly, different haircuts so you can tell them apart. Naturally, their intertwined storylines are full of lies, love, amnesia, and sibling rivalry.

How it all went down: Before Pasion de Amor, there was this famous triple wedding in 2001. Eventually, all the ridiculous teleserye drama was settled in the finale, where Rosenda, Rosario, and Rosemarie all married their leading men, portrayed by Diether Ocampo, Rico Yan, and Leandro Munoz, respectively.


Photos from the websites and Facebook pages of www.bidakapamilya.blogspot.com (Walang Hanggan), Anthony Co (Magkaribal), and Allouie Escabarte (Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin).


Also read:
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Top 10 Most Overused Pinoy Telenovela Plots
Bida Problems: Physical Woes of Telenovela Heroes
50% Off: 10 Half-Human, Half-Something in Telenovelas
Tearjerkers: 10 Telenovela Tandems

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