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Destination Wedding Guide: The Philippines

In Wedding Guides by Ande Tongco

With a history shaped by Spanish and Western influences, this Southeast Asian archipelago has a captivating natural charm all its own. In fact, it’s the dazzling natural attractions and warmth and humour of the Filipino people that make this a wedding destination to watch.

Why you’ll love it

El Nido Bay Palawan in the Philippines

Beyond its glorious cities and buzzing megacities, the Philippines is known for its hospitality. English is very widely spoken, and the local Filipino people are welcoming and friendly. It’s also a place where you and your guests can enjoy affordable luxury, indulging in high-end shopping, spa treatments and five-star resorts. The fabulous food, a delicious blend of Southeast Asian and Spanish influences, will also be a highlight of any stay. This exotic yet accessible escape is also just seven hours from Australia, making it well within reach for a holiday wedding.

How to get married in The Philippines

Couples can legally marry in The Philippines, providing they comply with all the local requirements. Australian couples will need a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI) from the Australian Embassay, plus passports, to apply for a marriage licence at the local civil registrar. The most important thing to remember if you want to become Mr and Mrs? A ten-day waiting period before your licence is issued, so use this time to enjoy The Philippines!

5 perfect Wedding & honeymoon destinations in the Philippines



For iconic beach backdrops, you’ll want to get acquainted with Boracay. Beloved for its powdery-soft sands, beachfront resorts and dazzling sunsets, this tiny island in the Western Visayas region is the country’s biggest drawcard. Celebrate a sunset ceremony as the waves wash in and paraws (traditional Filipino sailboat) ply the azure waters beyond. Although palm-lined White Beach is Boracay’s superstar (home to resorts, bars, restaurants, and water sports), there are plenty more low-key gems to explore. An island idyll, perfect for a holiday wedding and a dreamy honeymoon or buddymoon.


Aerial shot of Cebu City during sunset

Rich in history and natural beauty, the island of Cebu is in the heart of the Philippines archipelago — making it perfect for a holiday wedding and the gateway to many other destinations. The bonus is its vibrant capital, Cebu City, the oldest city in the Philippines and known as The Queen City of the South. Here you can take in the Spanish-Colonial architecture and sip and sup your way around the ever-growing selection of cafes and restaurants.

Palawan & El Nido


When you picture The Philippines, the aquamarine waters and limestone sea cliffs of El Nido may spring to mind. Part of the country’s western province of Palawan (which includes over 1,700 islands and islets), El Nido’s scenery is right up there with Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay. The region’s largest island and namesake, Palawan, offers plenty for couples planning a holiday wedding including postcard scenery, private island resorts and honeymoon options to delight nature-lovers, luxury-seekers and adventurous souls. The region’s delightful main township of Puerto Princesa is home to the country’s famed Underground River, a popular stop on any Filipino honeymoon itinerary.


Panglao Bohol Philippines

Ever heard of the Chocolate Hills? Located in the Central Visayas region, this natural geological phenomenon (the grassy hills turn brown over summer, inspiring the name) is one of The Philippines most-visited attractions. But you’ll also love the super-cute Tarsier (the tiny primate with the huge eyes) and selection of gorgeous beaches.


Manila Makati Cityscape at Night Metro Manila Philippines

A cosmopolitan blend of Chinese, Spanish and modern Filipino influences, Manila is the country’s capital and buzziest city and a launch pad to many other memorable holiday experiences. Renowned as a shopping mecca, it’s home to some of Asia’s most impressive malls and vibrant markets. But Manila is still a city with soul. For a glimpse into its Spanish Colonial past, take a walking tour of Intramuros, the 16th-century ‘walled city’ built around the grand Manila Cathedral.

Wedding venues

To find your dream Philippines wedding venue, visit our exclusive directory of stunning resorts and hotels that specialise in destination weddings.

Check out some real life weddings of couples who chose to marry in Asia.