I would like to think that this has got to be my most useful and informative post to date!
Upon the start of my wedding planning, the one thing I wish I had more info on was how to go about with all the requirements. And I mean ALL. The church hunting was a fun task, but doing the paper work wasn’t.
I honestly debated on whether or not I will be having a church wedding, because a civil wedding would have been just as good. We put a lot of thought into it and eventually decided on a Catholic church wedding. We were wed at St. Therese Church. It was beautiful, peaceful, and strategically located. We had the preparation at Waterfront Hotel and the reception in Circa 1900, all three are in Lahug.
Here, I share a list I wish someone had given me six months ago. This is based on our experience so I may not be able to cover everything. But I truly hope this helps!
THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN CHOOSING A CHURCH:
- Tentative date/dates. First of all, you need to decide on a target day. It’s easier to inquire for church availability when you already have dates in mind.
2. Budget. A no-brainer. Decide together how much you are willing to spend on the church. More than the merriment, the venue where you will have the sacred ceremony that will make everything binding is vital. Among the churches we’ve checked out were the following:
|St. Therese Parish||> 10000 (non-parishioner)
> 5000 (parishioner)
|Redemptorist Church||> 12000|
|Chapel of San Pedro Calungsod (SRP)||> 40000|
|Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral||> 15,000.00 (non-aircon)
> 50,000.00 (with air-con)
|Archbishop’s Palace||> 8,500 (with aircon)|
|Shrine of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus||> 8,500 (weekdays)
> 10,000 (Saturday)
> 25,000 (Sunday)
> 25,000 (aircon add-on)
|Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish||> 5,000.00|
4. Size of the area. Do you want to walk down a long aisle? Or do you want to see all the guests at one glance? Consider how intimate or big you want your church to be.
3. Consider your parish church. If you like that pretty church near your area, then better opt to have your ceremony there. It would save you a lot of cash and effort, being a parishioner.
5. Distance from the reception. Some people believe it’s wiser to book the church first and then the reception venue. I say, choose first whichever your heart desires! No really. We actually booked our reception venue first because we got married at a wedding season and it felt harder to find the perfect venue than the church. So once you have Continue reading