How much does a wedding in Manila Cathedral cost?

Jomar and I will have our Philippine Catholic wedding in July.

To enlighten those who want to have their Sacrament of Holy Matrimony in the beautiful and historic Manila Cathedral, I will share with you how much it cost.

Why did we pick Manila Cathedral?

I want to say because it's historic and beautiful. But honestly, it's because Manila Cathedral has relevant information on their website for a couple like us living and already legally married abroad. Ms. Donna also responds to our email and calls promptly.

The bonus is it's historic and beautiful. According to one of my Ninang, "ang haba ng walk down the aisle mo." I didn't think of that. I'm not sure if I like it. LOL.

They also have a dashboard where you complete the forms, and it lists what you need to submit and when. It's pretty impressive.


The first thing you do is go to their website and reserve a wedding date. After you create an account and pick a wedding date, you will receive an email about a Wedding Orientation. 

I reserved our July wedding date last October 12, 2018. The orientation is on November 10, 2018. They are also strictly implementing a NO ORIENTATION, NO RESERVATION policy. 

Obviously, we couldn't attend so I responded to the email informing them that we're in Canada and couldn't make it. They told us that we can send a representative by preparing an authorization letter. The representative should be able to tell us all the details we need to know about.

My brother-in-law and his wife attended the wedding orientation for us and provided details about the many strict rules of Manila Cathedral.

Cost Breakdown

The Manila Cathedral-Basilica offers two wedding package rates: 

Package A (without aircon): PHP 32, 000.00 
Package B (with aircon): PHP 42, 000.00 

After the orientation, we were asked to pay a PHP 10, 000.00 reservation fee if we want to proceed no later than November 24, 2018. Obviously, we did.

The dashboard has all the information you need. The two other things you can pay Manila Cathedral for are flower upgrade (breakdown in the image below) and if you want the air condition open an hour or 30 minutes before the ceremony.

I hope this helps as you plan your wedding. I can't wait to see how it goes in July but for now, we're back at work to pay for this wedding. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll do my best to respond.


  1. Hi! Do we need to be residents of Manila? And what does these Package A (without aircon): P32, 000.00
    Package B (with aircon): P42, 000.00 includes?

    1. Hello Jessica! Sorry not seeing your comment sooner. No, you don't need to be a resident of Manila. My husband and I live in Canada and we're able to book.

      The package includes:
      - The priest
      - Choir (music) - you can bring your own as well, but they have a list of songs they allow
      - Basic flowers (check my series of posts about the wedding somewhere in this blog)
      - 1.5 hour use of the church
      - I think it includes registering it to the government too (but I'm not sure since we're already married in Canada)

      I think that's about it.


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