A wedding is a celebration of the love that a couple have for each other. This is why they really put all the effort to make it the perfect gathering. But perfect does not necessarily mean expensive. Looking for the best venue on a tight budget? Here are some spots around Metro Manila that are unique and classy yet amazingly affordable. (You might even get to stretch your funds up to the first birthday of your soon-to-be baby!)
1. Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC)
Along the heavily-congested Elliptical Road in Quezon City is an eco-tourism site offering everyone a break from all the noise and pollution of the city—the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center (NAPWC)
. The Center has grown not only into a park and protected area for rescued animals, but also into an inexpensive and refreshing venue for guests to celebrate some of their most cherished life events.
Entrance to the Fishing Village
One of the main attractions in the park is the lagoon where the Fishing Village stands. There are five cottages on stilts, over the water, that provide a scenic view of the whole park. These cottages can accommodate up to 150 people and be rented for minimal package fee of Php 1,700.00, including use of electricity from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
All the five cottages of the Fishing Village can be used for only Php 1,700.00.
Trees line up the passage way leading to the five cottages.
Another establishment that can be used by the public is the Tea House. The gazebo-type structure, which can house 40 to 50 people, costs only Php 800.00 for a whole day’s use, including electricity.
The Tea House, for only Php 800.00
The Amphitheater, which has room for up to 500 people, is available for events and festivities on a larger scale. The roofed open-air area can be used from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, for only Php 850.00.
All fees give visitors a chance for an all-day exploration of the park. Go ahead and invite your guests to check out the other attractions inside this 22.7-hectare government facility to maximize their passes; they can go before or after the celebrations.
2. La Mesa Eco Park
In 1999, the La Mesa Watershed, which has been one of the main sources of Metro Manila’s water supply since 1929, was in a devastated state. In an effort to save the reservoir from further degradation, Bantay Kalikasan, in partnership with Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and the Quezon City government, has successfully rehabilitated the 33-hectare land around the watershed and transformed it into a natural park, now called the La Mesa Eco Park
, that the public can enjoy.
The greens of La Mesa Eco Park
For only Php 50.00 as park admission fee, guests can have a genuine forest experience at the heart of Greater Lagro, Quezon City. Inside the park are a number of venues that couples can choose from if they want to commune with nature on their special day.
The Ipil Pavilion can accommodate 250 persons for only Php 5,000.00 for the whole day. This package includes free park entrance for 80 guests. With the same perks, the Narra Pavilion can be rented out; but it can only house 150 guests.
Ipil Grove Pavilion
The Boating Pavilion
The park also has available venues for evening functions. The Boating Pavilion can house 150 people for Php 10,000.00, from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Daytime fee is Php 7,500.00, with free park admission for 80 people. A bigger venue will be the Multipurpose Hall or Eco Academy Hall, which can house 250 persons, for a fee of Php 12,500.00 for events from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Daytime fee is Php 7,500.00, for gatherings from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Once inside the park, guests can already enjoy the different nature-tripping adventures that the La Mesa Eco Park has to offer.
3. Flower Stories Café Rooftop
Aside from nature parks, historical places are also a good choice for your wedding reception. Hidden inside the centuries-old walls of Intramuros, Flower Stories Café Rooftop
can bring guests back in time.
A Spanish experience (Photo from Flower Stories Café Rooftop)
The outdoor patio (Photo from Flower Stories Café Rooftop)
The Flower Stories Café Rooftop, located at the rooftop of JSCI building at #423 Magallanes Street, boasts of having one of the best views of Intramuros, the old city capital. Wedding packages include catering services, floral arrangement, wedding cake, and even complimentary overnight stay for the couple’s honeymoon at Potipot Gateway, a resort located in Candelaria, Zambales. Price ranges from Php 700.00 to Php 900.00 per head.
The venue complements an elegant and classic wedding theme (Photo from Flower Stories Café Rooftop)
The restaurant has two available areas to choose from. The indoor venue is air-conditioned and can house up to 20 guests. For a bigger space, there is an outdoor patio, which is also air-conditioned and big enough for 60 persons.
4. UP Balay Kalinaw
Quezon City also has its own share of period offerings for the soon-to-be-married couples out there. Balay Kalinaw
, inside the University of the Philippines – Diliman (UPD) campus, is frequently a venue for weddings.
Also known as the UP Balay Internasyonal and Ikeda Hall, the three-storey Spanish-style building was inaugurated in 1993. In a project led by former UP President Dr. Jose Abueva, the building was constructed to house the academic and official events of the university.
The Conference Hall, which can accommodate 150 to 200 guests, can be rented for Php 7,700.00 for the first 3 hours. An additional Php 1,540.00 is charged for every succeeding hour. The package includes 100 chairs.
UP Balay Kalinaw houses several conference rooms to choose from
If you want a more intimate gathering, you may opt for just the Seminar Rooms. Seminar Rooms A and B have 10 to 15 persons capacity each and may be rented separately for Php 1,650.00 each for the first 3 hours, and Php 330.00 for the next succeeding hours. However, guests may opt to rent both Seminar Rooms A and B to accommodate 25 to 50 persons for Php 3,300.00 for the first 3 hours, and Php 660.00 for every succeeding hour. Chairs are also included in the package.
Seminar Room C can accommodate 20 to 40 people for the price of Php 2,200.00, for the first 3 hours. The package includes chairs.
The Dining Room can seat 70 guests and be rented for only for Php 1,980.00. Chairs and tables are also included in the package. All rooms are air-conditioned, except this one.
All the packages come with free use of a Karaoke system with 1 microphone. Clients are also given 2 hours preparation time in addition to the first 3 hours of the actual event.
What matters in a wedding is that the couple is able to declare their love for each other and have family and friends as witnesses to such an important declaration. Now, with these budget-friendly venues to choose from, go ahead with your wedding planning and consider making the venue the least of your worries in mind.