Top 10 Most Unusual Wedding Venues in Manila
Not a cookie-cutter bride? Flip through our gallery of alternative wedding reception venues and find a unique place that suits your taste.
(SPOT.ph) Sure, hotels and themed event spaces are great go-to places when scouting for reception venues. But while they readily offer packages suited for most weddings, a cookie cutter wedding venue is not necessarily every bride’s cup of tea. Looking for a more exciting, unheard of spot to throw that Big Day bash? Click through our gallery and see 10 alternative wedding reception venues found right here in the metro.
Found in romantic, cobble-stoned Intramuros, Casa Manila does not only stand as a historical museum but also as an ideal venue for couples who are in love with the walled city's old world charm. Found right across the San Agustin Church and bordered by brick walls, the museum's stone-floored courtyard will make any couple feel like ilustrados. The quaint venue is ideal for big receptions as it can accommodate up to 200 guests.
Rates P12,000 rental fee for six hours + 10% of catering contract
Casa Manila is at The Plaza San Luis Complex in Intramuros. For more information, call 527-4084.
Photo by Mimi + Karl
Located along De Los Santos Avenue in the vast University of the Philippines Diliman campus is the Bonsai Garden, a 5,000 square kilometer space that is home to 400 bonsais owned by renowned bonsai cultivator and events manager Modesto Manglicmot. With a zen atmosphere and awe-striking greens dotting the venue, it makes the perfect venue for a chic garden wedding. It has two lots open for wedding receptions that can accommodate both small (30 pax) and big (170-190 pax) parties.
Rates P5,000-P15,000 for 5 hours
Bonsai Garden is at the University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City. For more information, call 928-5458; 0906-2451167.
SM Mall of Asia Director's Club
The perfect wedding set up for movie buffs, SM MOA Cinema's Director's Club does more than just hold private screenings. its cinema grounds can also be utilized as a space for receptions where you can have your own 'opening night cocktails' and a banquet catered by one of the mall tenants at the front lobby of the cinema. This one-of-a-kind set-up is also ideal for intimate gatherings as the theatre can only hold up 30 people.
Rates P7,000/hr + 12% VAT (minimum four hours)
The Director's Club is at SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. For more information, call 556-2314; 556-0104.
Manila Ocean Park
Hold your reception at Manila Ocean Park's Batis function room-an event space located right next to the shark tank-and give your guests something to talk about for years to come. For the avant-garde bride and marine life lovers, the function room's floor-to-ceiling aquarium set up creates an instant "under the sea" theme with enchanting backdrops of marine life at your disposal. The park's in-house restaurant, Makan Makan Seafood Village caters to events exclusively. Depending on your guest list, Manila Ocean Park's array of function spaces can be venues for both small and grand celebrations as they can accommodate 50 to 450 people. They also offer a variety of wedding packages that can accommodate your budget and other wedding reception needs such as sound system and event set-up.
Rates P90,000-P250,000 for 3 to 4 hours + P800 in excess/head
Manila Ocean Park is located behind the Quirino Grandstand, Luneta, Manila. For more information, call 567-3512.
Manila Yacht Club
Feeling nautical? A sunset wedding on a boat deck might suit your taste. The Manila Yacht Club, located along Roxas Boulevard, has a lovely wooden-planked veranda that offers a spectacular view of Manila Bay marked with rows of anchored yachts. The club has two function rooms that can accommodate a reception: the Sunset Room houses 120 people while the New Diamond Helm Room, which opens to the club's veranda, can accommodate anywhere from 50 to 250 people.Don't worry if you're not a member-this option is open to the public as long as non-members schedule a personal appointment with the manager. They will help you find a member who can stand as the sponsor for your event.If you feel like taking the seaside vibe a notch higher, you can also charter a yacht to take you and 50 guests along the bay for an even better view of the sunset-or sunrise.
Sunset Room: Minimum P30,000 consumable
New Diamond Helm Room / Veranda: Minimum P20,000-P40,000 consumable
Chartered Yacht: P8,500-P12,000 per hour
Manila Yacht Club is at 2351 Roxas Boulevard. For more information, call 521-4458 to 59; 525-8857; 526-7868; 523-6926; 523-7178.
Fully Booked TopShelf
Celebrate your love for books-and one another-in a stylish, urban setting at FullyBooked in Bonifacio High Street with their roofdeck, TopShelf. Here, bookworm couples can enjoy a stunning view of the cityscape in a venue that can accommodate up to 200 guests. Unlike other venues though, you'll have to bring in your own caterer for your reception.
Rates P45,000 for 5 hours
Fully Booked is located at Bonifacio High Street, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The museum's interactive displays and exhibits can give your wedding a unique, upbeat vibe-especially if you and your partner are kids at heart. They have several locations fit for a reception like the Karapatan Hall, which is a fully-air-conditioned function room in the museum; the Multi-purpose Hall, which is situated in a building right next to the museum; and a garden space nestled in between the museum and Karapatan Hall. With a seating capacity of 100 to 150, these venues come with reasonably-priced packages. They also have a list of accredited caterers that may be of help in planning for your reception.
Rates P10,000-P20,000 for three hours
Museong Pambata is located at Roxas Boulevard corner South Drive, Pasay. For more information, call 423-1797 to 98; 536-0595; 0918-3822212.
CCP Silangan Hall
A popular venue for both local and international theatrical acts, the Cultural Center of the Philippines' (CCP) L-shaped Silangan Hall has enough space to seat up to 150 people. If you and your partner share a passion for the performing arts then this could be a viable venue for your reception. And with its grand staircases, theatres, and exhibit spaces, holding a feast here will make you feel right at home where your passion is.
Rates P14,000 for 6 hours
CCP is at Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, call 832-3659; 832-3677.
La Mesa Eco Park
A gem hidden in bustling Quezon City is the lush 33-hectare La Mesa Eco Park. Nestled right next to the La Mesa watershed, the park is home to a lagoon, picnic grounds and vast gardens that are ideal for outdoor weddings. They have five different areas that may be used as reception venues. Depending on your guest list, you may opt for their Boating Pavilion (50-100 pax), Multi-Purpose Hall (250 pax), Ipil Pavilion (250 pax), Narra Pavilion (150-200 pax) or the Petron Amphitheater (250 pax+). Found on different areas of the park, each venue boasts a unique breathtaking view that makes you feel closer to nature. This enclave's clandestine is perfect for that out-of-town outdoor wedding without having to drive all the way to Antipolo or Tagaytay.
Boating Pavilion: P10,000 pernight
Multi-Purpose Hall: P7,500 for morning events; P15,000 for evening events
Ipil Pavilion: P5,000 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 80 guests don't have to pay the entrance fee, guests succeeding this number will be charged P80 each.
Narra Pavilion: P5,000; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; 80 guests don't have to pay the entrance fee, guests succeeding this number will be charged P80 each.
Petron Amphitheatre: P5,000 for the venue + P50 per guest
For more information, call 385-7861.
Known for housing historical and cultural artifacts and contemporary works of art, the Metropolitan Museum's elegant gallery space lets you party while being surrounded by different works of art (A perk: You don't have to worry so much anymore about your décor!). As for the food, the museum's in-house restaurant, Ilustrado, exclusively caters events.
Rates: P 65,000 for three hours; additional P10,000 for every succeeding hour after the first three hours
The Metropolitan Museum is the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard. For more information, call 521-1517; 527-2345.
Artwork by Warren Espejo. Photos by Mimi + Karl (Casa Manila) Betty Tianco (Fully Booked), Shaira Luna, and courtesy of Manila Yacht Club, Manila Ocean Park, MOA, Metropolitan Museum, and from Museong Pambata’s Facebook page. Rates are subject to adjustment without prior notice.