Nuestra Señora de Gracia – Guadalupe, Makati (Review)
Located along Guadalupe EDSA near MRT Guadalupe is the most historic and oldest church in Makati, and one of the oldest in the country. Built way back in the 17th century, it has a magnificent facade and garden that any bride would desire to have their big day there (me included). The structure, the wooden church door, the church stair steps (which might be a bother to the elderly guests), it’s practically a photographer’s playground. If you can’t afford Manila Cathedral but you want to have a church that looks bigatin and you want to make a big impression on your guests, this choice ain’t too bad for you.
Choosing this church would guarantee beautiful shots of the couple and guests, at least on the outside. Strict rules for photogs, a narrow aisle, no loft for a top shot of the bridal march, and a dark interior won’t help much. Usherettes can be quite strict to makukulit photogs (ehem) who can’t help but take pew shots of the guests 🙂 Photogs are limited only to the side of the altar and can only resort to zoom shots. To top it all off, picture taking time is soooo limited that you will be forced to have only the entourage taken. I have yet to shoot a complete lineup here, I guess they really don’t permit it since they have a hectic schedule.
As of June 2009, rate is 13k for morning and afternoon weddings (i’m not a big fan of twilight nuptials hehe :p). 50% dp required. Meron na iyong red carpet, flowers, white tulle, usherettes, reader.
You can also have the option to hold your reception at the Garden of Monasterio de Guadalupe just beside the church for 10k. Less hassle sa guests. Below is a sample of an NSDG reception at the Garden of Monasterio de Guadalupe.
7440 Bernardino St. Guadalupe Viejo, Makati City
wedding skeds 8am, 10am, 2pm, 4pm, 7pm
Tel No. 896-8444 Albert, Inday
Budget Factor: Not bad for 13k, mukhang class na class wedding mo 🙂 mass time-wise bitin sa pictorial
Shutter Factor: Okey sa olrayt ang church facade pictorials; you want great couple and group portraits, you can have it here. As long as it’s ok with you that family, relatives and friends pictures will be shot outside the church. Moreover, it’s ok to shoot from afar, pero iba pa rin ‘pag nakakagalaw ng maluwag ang photog, lalo na sa vows and ring exchange. I mean, wala kaming control sa braso ng sakristan 😛
Atmosphere: To bride and groom, solemn and very organized. To photogs, striiict movements. To guests, generally okay, pero baka mainit sa dulo pag summer.
Possible Prep Venues:
EDSA Horizon Hotel
Great Eastern Hotel Makati
Best Western Astor Hotel
& other Burgos Hotels
Possible Reception Venues:
Garden of Monasterio de Guadalupe (NSDG Garden)
Edsa Horizon Hotel
Great Eastern Hotel
Note: I only included proximal and affordable venues here; posh establishments not included.
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