Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lots and Lots of Churches

We have searched far and wide for the perfect church where we can exchange our vows and officially become husband and wife.  Of course, our first criteria would be its location (because originally, we wanted to have a Quezon City wedding) and then its rate (We didn't want to spend too much on this because we would only stay here for an hour).

So, off we went church-hunting.  The first one I (JP was at work so he asked me to check this place on my own first and just report to him after) visited was Our Lady of Consolation in Mira-Nila Homes Subdivision.  It was the first time I saw a church with purple background, so for the brides out there who has this for their motif, I suggest you take a look at this place.

This subdivision has some fine houses in it, so the view going to the church is not so bad.  I checked out some houses on the way here, but only from the car.  I didn't want the neighbors to think I was some kind of criminal studying which houses I want to rob, lest  I wanted to ruin my chances of booking this church for the wedding.

Main entrance from the street

The lot is quite huge so parking is not a problem

 From the way it looks outside, one would think that it's just one of those usual, old churches with nothing special to offer.

The driveway

 But you'll be surprised when you see the interior.  Purple!

High ceiling and purple backdrop.
It also has some glittery stuff which creates an interesting look. 

This shot was taken at about 8am. A mass just ended, attended mostly by seminarians (Yes, there is a seminary nearby).  The only problem is, this is not airconditioned.  So if your wedding starts at 3pm, I suggest you and your guests prepare some manual ventilation ready (READ: pamaypay).

The side of the church.  More parking spaces here.
Right beside the church is Bulwagang Recoletos

Bulwagang Recoletos is just a few steps away from the side of this church.  For more info about the venue, please check the previous post.

Basic information about the church:
 - rate is P16,000 inclusive of mass and wedding rite, fresh flower decor, singers and musicians, red carpet, lighted chandeliers, outlet for video light, pre-cana seminar and marriage contract
 - Fees: non-refundable reservation fee of P2,000, optional garden flowers at P3,000 and optional additional altar flowers of P1,500
 - Wedding schedule:
     Weekdays: 9am, 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm
      Saturdays: 9am, 10:30am, 1:15pm, 2:45pm, 4:15pm
      Sundays: 1:30pm, 3pm
      *all wedding schedules are good for an hour and a half.

For more info, you may call them at tel. nos. 9311999 or 4531617
Tues-Sun: 9-12nn, 2-7pm

The next church we visited was the Heart of Jesus and Mary (Twin Hearts) Parish along Bulletin St., West Triangle, Quezon City.  The place looked very cozy, and the altar very regal.  There was a wedding going on so we just stayed at the back of the church.  The only thing we didn't like about it is right beside it is a fire station.  You can see the trucks parked if I moved the camera a little more to the left.  Because of this, we didn't bother to get a brochure from the office.

By this time, we were already starting to think of expanding our choices to Ortigas and Mandaluyong area.  So off we went to Nuestra Senora de Gracia church.  But what were we thinking? Trying to book this church for a "still hot" date ( JP wanted an 11.12.11 wedding) a few months before? (Because this church sells like pancakes for weddings, 10 months before the event is already too late).  Nevertheless, we still looked inside  just for the sake of admiring its beauty.  Here are some pics.

Front side. Ample parking space in front.
The garden is on the left side of this picture

Hundreds of brides have waited by this door to be
opened for their guests to see them as they walked in the aisle.

NSDG interior

NSDG interior with all lights on

The altar

We also inquired at the Archbishop's Palace in Mandaluyong.  Unfortunately, they don't allow Sunday weddings and the use of their garden as reception venue unless, I suppose, you know the right people to talk to there. 

Thus, the quest for the perfect church and venue still continues...

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