Note: I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about contact details of the venues or procedure on getting permits, etc. Unfortunately, I am not affiliated in any of the venues listed below so I really have no idea. All the information that I have are already here. If you can add some information or some details here are already outdated, do let me know so I can edit this post. This post has had a lot of views from people so I think any information we can add would be really helpful to the other readers. Thank you. 🙂
One of the first things that need to be established when planning an engagement (prenup) shoot is the location/venue. This will depend on the concept that you are looking for (click here for some prenup ideas). So here’s a list of prenup locations that I got from the amazing members of W@W (Weddings@Work) to help you decide where to have your prenup shoot.
Disclaimer: I didn’t make the list and I’m not really sure where the list came from but I’m 100% sure that this has already been posted in other sites. I just consolidated it a bit, added some of my personal inputs or photos I found online (for inspiration) and I also added some locations on the list. I’m not sure if all the details and rates mentioned here are still the same though so best to contact the venues directly.
OUT OF TOWN
1. The Greenery (Bulacan) – Update from commenter: 6500php for 4 hours.
Photo source: Nice print
2. The Lakeshore (Pampanga) – P2000.00 / P500 is Consumable
(Me:) When I was planning our family shoot back in 2012, Lakeshore was one of the suggestions from our photographer (John Mateos Ong). There’s a lake and a lighthouse as well as boats and bikes inside that you can use for the shoot.
Photo Source: Alvin Guevara
3. Jardin de Miramar (Manila)– P3,500
(Me:) The hubby and I went here when we were looking for our wedding venue. It’s really nice with different areas that you can use.
Photo Source: WeddingsAtWork by Ian Santillan
4. Tagaytay Highlands (Tagaytay) – P5,000.00
(Me:) Another place we went to for an occular when we were venue-hunting. I really liked this place. Lots of grass and very nice views.
Photo Source: Blufish 5. Waterfront Boardwalk (Subic Olongapo)
6. Triboa Bay Mangrove Park (Subic Olongapo)
7. Clear Water (Clarkfield Pampanga) – P3,000.00
(Me:) This is where we had our family shoot. There are a lot of places you can shoot at so I’m sure you could do a lot of things here. There’s a lake, a beach-inspired pool and lots of trees. Photos from our family shoot.
8. Nurture Spa (Tagaytay)
(Me:) Another nice spot at Tagaytay. We also had an occular here during venue-hunting. I’m not so sure how much you could do here for a prenup shoot though.
Photo Source: Eugene Martinez
9. Tagaytay (in general).
(Me:) Best to go here during the weekday, otherwise, there might be a lot of people. Tagaytay has a lot of places with really nice views. Some places you can go to are: Sonya’s Garden (not sure if they allow prenups for a fee), Picnic Groove, Sky Ranch, Taal Lake Yacht Club, Memory Lane (I believe they allow it if your group is dining there) and other restaurants.
Photo Source: Santos Portraits at Memory Lane
10. Japanse Garden (Laguna)
11. Caliraya (Laguna)
12. Majayjay Falls (Laguna) – Photo Source: Richard Buan
13. Calirana (Laguna)
14. Acquatico Beach Resort (Batangas) – P1,575 per person / Day Trip with use of Cabana
(Me:) Acuatico has one of the prettiest pools I’ve ever seen. The resort itself is very photogenic. Click here for photos during our recent trip to Acuatico.
Photo Source: Trio Photos15. Corregidor – World War II, Ruins, Canons
(Me:) Corregidor is really nice. I loved the ruins. Long, flowy dresses would look really lovely with the ruins at the background. I’m just not sure if you can actually go inside the ruins and up the higher floors. The tour guide mentioned that they offer prenup packages as well but I’m just not sure about the rates. Hmmm… I wonder if they allow shoots inside the tunnel. That would be interesting. Click here for our Corregidor trip last year.
16. Pearl Farm Resort (Samal)
17. Baguio City
18. Coron, Palawan
19. Bulabog Beach, Boracay
20. Bohol Beaches
21. Punta Fuego (Batangas)
22. Lago de Loro (Batangas) – Wakeboarding
23. Camsur Watersport Complex a.k.a. CWC (Camarines Sur) – Wakeboarding
24. U.P. Los Baños (Laguna)
25. Biak na Bato (Bulacan)
26. There’s also this really old church in Boso-Boso at Antipolo.
27. Island Cove (Cavite)
(Me:) I’ve been here for a teambuilding a couple of years back and it’s a nice place with a pool, a mini zoo and a fishing village. I’ve been wanting to go back with the hubby here but so far it hasn’t happened yet.
Photo Source: Podweddings
28. Hacienda Luisita (Tarlac)
29. Tres Escalon (Taytay, Rizal)
30. Pinto Art Gallery (Antipolo City) – Art Galleries; Photo Source: Metro Photo
31. Lore Land Resort (Antipolo City) – Swimming, Sports Activites
32. PACEM Eco Park (Antipolo City) – Features an eco-center, a mini-forest, a wildlife santuary, a butterfly garden, butterfly museum, an aviary, a pond etc.
33. Overlooking Views (Antipolo City)
34. Hinulugang Taktak (Antipolo City)
35. Anawagin and Capones Island (Zambales)
(Me:) The location of our first prenup. This place is just beautiful. I went here back in 2009 with my teammates for a teambuilding and just loved the place. I wanted to bring the hubby there as well so when the subject of prenup locations came up, this was one of the first places that came to mind. Another nice location is Capones Island. It’s an island near Anawangin so if you’re planning to have a boatride to Anawangin for a shoot, then I suggest to drop by Capones Island as well. It has a very nice lighthouse that may be a pain to climb but very much worth it. 🙂 We didn’t pay anything at Capones Island but I think there’s an entrance fee at Anawangin nowadays. Photos by Rene Gaviola. More photos here.
36. Batlag Falls (Rizal) – 3,000 PHP
(Me:) I loved this place. This is where we had our freenup with Shayla and Dennis. The place if very foresty and reminded me of fairytales so we did Snow White. Photo by Imagine Nation. Click here for more photos.
37. Casa Ibiza (Rizal)
(Me:) Where we had our first postnup shoot. I love their colorful buildings. I can’t remember the rates anymore but you can contact them directly if you’re interested. The rate included a room to prepare. Photo by Rene Gaviola. Click here for the whole set.
38. Bella Rocca (Marinduque)
(Me:) Another one of my fave places. When the hubby and I went here for our second anniversary, I kept hoping that we had photographers with us to have a shoot. You have the beach, a really nice view, and Santorini-inspired settings.
Photo Source: Jayson and Joanne
39. Thunderbird Resort (La Union)
(Me:) I’ve never been here but I really want to visit the place. It also has that Santorini vibe so if Bella Rocca is too far for you, here’s a good alternative.
40. Fortune Island (Batangas) – It has columns and sculptures that will look great for a Grecian themed shoot plus a replica of a wrecked ship.
Photo Source: Lifestyle by Feliz 41. Vigan – If you want a Hispanic setting.
Photo Source: Rock Paper Scissors
43. The Ruins (Bacolod)
44. Fantasy World (Batangas)
(Me:) Perfect for a fairytale themed shoot. The castle says it all. 🙂
Photo Source: Imagine Nation
45. Pontefino (Batangas)
46. Enchanted Kingdom (Laguna)
Photo Source: Lifestyle by Feliz
48. Sierra Madre Resort (Tanay, Rizal)
Photo Source: http://magayonmedia.com/homer-evans-prenup/
NEARBY PLACES (Permits Needed – Contact their Head Offices)
1. La Mesa Eco Park (Quezon City) – P40 Q.C. Residents / P50 for regular guests (Boating, Zip Line, Nature Tripping, PicNic Setting)
(Me:) I call this the “prenup location ng bayan”. This place have seen a LOT of couples for their prenups. I’ve only been here once with friends and the place is really nice. I think most couples choose this place since you only have to pay an entrance fee for everyone in your group and there are plenty of places to shoot at here.
Photo Source: WeddingsAtWork 2. Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife – Sunset, Park
3. Quezon City Circle – Sport Activities
4. Eastwood City (Quezon City) – Hollywood Inspired Theme
5. Serendra / Bonifacio High Street – (Global City) – Elegant Theme
(Me:) If you don’t want to go really far and you’re from the South, then this is a nice alternative. You can have a very casual shoot around the area. The guards are really strict here so securing a permit is a must. They would allow a shoot during the morning since there will be a lot of people around lunch time onwards. We had our prenup shoot with Atty. Raymond Fortun here and is where we also had some scenes for our Save-The Date Video. Photo by Atty. Raymond Fortun.
6. University of the Philippines (Quezon City) – Nature, Trees, Greens
(Me:) The hubby and I personally had one of our prenups here which was kinda weird considering that we didn’t go to UP for college. Our photographers for the prenup (Boxout Photography) suggested the location but none of them went to UP for college as well. 🙂 We basically just walked around, shooting as we go… We didn’t get to go to the Sunken Garden though but there are a lot of other places to shoot here. I think we did the shoot on a Sunday so there weren’t a lot of people around and nobody bothered us. I read somewhere that shooting inside the buildings will require a permit. Click here for our UP prenup photos.
7. Bonsai Garden (Quezon City, U.P. Diliman) – Plants, Bonsai, Greens
8. Intramuros (Manila) – P2000.00 (Me:) Hispanic setting. One of the best locations for a Filipiniana-themed shoot. Photo source: Metro Photo 9. Paco Park (Manila) – P2,000.00
10. Fernwood Gardens (Quezon City) – P10,000.00 – Garden, Vines, Trees (Thanks to our reader for the update on the price)
11. Harbor View – Sunset
12. The Orchidarium (Rizal Park)
13. Butterfly Pavilion (Rizal Park)
12. Manila Ocean Park – P5,000.00
13. The Secret Garden (Novaliches)
14. Fernbrook Gardens (Alabang)
(Me:) I think a lot of people has seen this from Zoren and Carmina’s wedding. A very beautiful place. This was my dream wedding venue back in the day and you can see how picture-perfect it is even from the outside. Fairy-tale and Victorian shoot concepts would be really nice here. Photo source: Jayson and Joanne 15. Avilon Zoo (Montalban)
16. The Heirloom Manila – P5,000.00 – Garden, Art Gallery, House Setting. Photo Source: Ruffa and Mike 17. Ronac Art Center – P1,000.00 per hour
(Me:) I really love the stairs here and the elevator is really cool too. I attended a photography and styling workshop here that was hosted by Jay Jay and Feliz Lucas and a lot of amazing photos were produced that day (only the photographer was not me, hehe).
Photo Source: WeddingsAtWork
18. Manila Hotel Champagne Room – For Victorian-inspired shoots
19. Pan de Amerikana (Marikina) – known for the giant chess pieces (life-size!) and the vintage 1950’s American look.
Prenup Price: It’s free so long as you eat there (minimum of P100 per head). Set a date (weekdays and non-holidays only), time (from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.) in advance. No pets allowed, don’t bring food from outside, hair and makeup must be done prior to the shoot.
(Me:) I’ve never been here but I’ve seen a number of prenup shoots that were done here online. I really like the giant chess pieces. Photo source: Dominic Barrios 20. Sunken Garden (Muntinlupa)
21. Firing Range Bilibid Prisons Muntinlupa
22. Jardin de Padre Blanco in Intramuros (Manila) – Period turn of the Century Setting
23. Pugad Lawin Villamor Airbase and Golf Club
24. Villamor Airbase Open Air Museum
(Me:) One of the places that couples usually use for a travel-theme photoshoot.
25. San Juan Vintage Car Museum
26. Fully Booked (Bonifacio High Street) – 1,000php per hour. Can only shoot while the bookstore is still closed.
(Me:) Having a prenup at High Street? Why not have a prenup at Fully Booked as well? It’s a nice, cozy place and would go with book-themed prenup/wedding themes like we had. Photo by Atty. Raymond Fortun. 27. Greenbelt (ayala) – just get a permission from their head office.
(Me:) There’s this area in Greenbelt with the stairs where they have some of the events which I really loved. I can imagine how nice it would be to have a shoot there. Photo Source: Metro Photo
28. American War Memorial (Fort Bonifacio)
29. Libingan ng mga Bayani (Fort Bonifacio)
(Me:) I really like this place too. It’s really beautiful with all the white crosses lined up. There have been some controversies here though when a couple had a shoot here and the images did not sit well with a lot of people. Click here for an article and photos.
30. UST- Manila
(Me:) Some couples like to go back to their Alma Mater where they can re-live their school days. Especially if that’s where the couple met or if it has a special place in their hearts so universities like UST or UP have been one of the common prenup locations that couples choose.
31. The Orchidarium and Butterfly Pavilion – Rizal Park (Manila)
32. Mall Of Asia – San Miguel Drive – Nice place for a sunset shoot.
River Banks, Marikina
(Me:) I’ve only ever been here once. Our our prenup shoot with Boxout Photography, they took us here for dinner. It’s a nice place to hangout but I’m not sure how it looks in the morning since we got there quite late already.
33. Rajah Sulayman Park, Malate Church – free for all.
34. Wawa Dam
35. RCBC Building, Ayala Ave (Makati) – You need to write a letter to the general manager.
36. Manila Central Post Office – Secure a permit from the Postmaster General. A Grecian themed prenup might be nice here because of the beautiful columns.
Photo Source: Lifestyle by Feliz
37. Venice Piazza – at McKinley Hill. Permit needed.
Prenup Price: P4,000 (7 a.m. to 12 p.m.), P5,000 (12 p.m. to 8 p.m.), P7,000 (whole day).
Prenup Price: P2,000 per hour. Submit a list of people attending and equipment to be used. Shoot must be scheduled before opening hours.
Photo Source: Chestknots Studio
38. Heritage Park
(Me:) My fave cosplay group had a shoot here once and I loved it. I’m not so sure if they still let prenup shoots here anymore. I remember having the need to send a letter to their management or something but I don’t really have the details anymore.
Photo Source: SimplyMaan
39. Heima Store (Pasig, Cubao and Makati) – a cute and querky place for a prenup. Photo Source: Dominic Barrios 40. Space Encounters
Prenup Price: P1,000 per hour (venue remains open to the public) Photo Source: Arlene Briones 41. NAIA 3
Prenup Price: P1,500 per hour for a minimum of two hours with an additional P1,500 for every extra hour. Minimum of six people only. An additional P150 will be added for every other person and P500 for use of electricity outlets. Cash payments only. Photo Source: JayJay Lucas
42. Villamor Air Base – Price upon request. Photoshoots are subject to approval. Fax a letter of request to Col. Miguel Ernesto G. Okol, PAF (GSC) indicating intent and shoot details.
43. A-11 Showroom Gallery (Pasay City) – A-11’s elegant vibe may channel hot ‘20s glam, but its vintage furniture keeps it modest and homey. It can easily pass as a warm 1950s American home.
Prenup Price: P12,500 for five hours with an additional P2,500 for every excessive hour.
44. Cafe 1771 (Ortigas, Pasig City)
Prenup Price: P10,000 which includes use of a private room, access to shoot from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Cafe 1771, Winebar, and Sidebar, a special set meal for three to six people, and a bottle of wine.
(Me:) Another super cute place. It’s a restaurant at Ortigas that has really nice interiors. This is where the Styling Workshop I attended last year was held. Click here for that post. Below photo source: Joedshares 45. The Filling Station (Makati City) – ‘50s-style diner
Prenup Price: P5,000 consumable for food and drinks and an additional P1,000 for miscellaneous fees
Photo Source: Metro Photo
46. Johnny Rockets (Alabang) – ’50’s-style diner
Photo Source: WeddingsAtWork
47. Isabelo Garden Restaurant (Marikina City) – Country with a touch of quirk, Isabelo is a conventional garden setup with kitschy and peculiar décor made mostly of recycled scrap materials.
Prenup Price: P6,100 inclusive of food for 5-6 pax (thanks to Kyna for the info)
48. Stacy’s (Quezon City) – Cute and cozy interiors.
Prenup Price: P2,500 per hour.
Prenup Price: P5,000 per hour or P12,000 for three hours.
(Me:) Quite pricey for a shoot but if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that it’s one of my fave restaurants so I just had to add it here. 😛
50. Philippine National Railways (Tondo, Manila)
Prenup Price: P3,000 (three hours) with P1,000 for every excessive hour. Shoot are allowed on weekends only and a two-hour refundable cash bond is required upon photoshoot approval. Send a letter of intent addressed to Mr. Junio M. Ragragio, PNR General Manager.
Photo Source: Ruffa and Mike Photography 51. Roof top (Hyatt Manila)
Prenup Price: P5,000 for guests not booked in Hyatt; P3,000 for guests booked in Hyatt but without a reception; free for guests booked for a reception. Rooftops shoots require approval from management.
52. Museo Pambata
Prenup Price: P1,000 for a maximum of four people only. Each extra person will be charged P100. An additional P300 will be charged for use of electricity. Prior notice should be sent for couples wanting to shoot in the outdoor area near the US Embassy (location of playground and Peace Helicopter) to allow time to notify the US Embassy Security.
Update: Comment from a reader below advised that the rate is now P3,000.00.
53. Salon de Ning (Makati City) – Located at the Ground floor of the Peninsula Manila. They have the Le Boxing Room, Shoe Room, Zeppelin Room and the Shanghai Room.
54. Victoria Court
Prenup Price: Standard rates for VC’s thematic rooms start at P8,105
(Me:) Victoria Court has different branches with different themes suites. I love their Italian and Moulin Rouge rooms. Photo Source: Moons n Junes
55. Ang Pambansang Museo ng Pelikula (Cubao)
Prenup Price: P5,000 for five hours with P500 for every excessive hour and another P500 for the caretaker fee. Additional fees may also be charged.
57. The Henry Hotel (Pasay). Got interested in this one for a family shoot because it is very near my parents’ house. There was a promo at DealGrocer before worth 12,000php just for a prenup shoot (includes a room to change in). I asked how much the photoshoot rates are IF we would stay at the hotel instead of just a photoshoot for the day and was advised that it’s 10,000php.
OTHER PRENUP LOCATIONS YOU CAN CONSIDER:
3. Sports Complex
4. Club House
5. Own Home
(Me:) If you know someone with a really nice house or condo, it could be a nice location for a homey and comfy vibe.
6. Own Garden
Photo Source: Lifestyle by Feliz
7. Street Photography
11. Construction Sites/Areas
(Me:) Like what we did with our shoot last year if you’re looking for another comfy, fuzz-free vibe. 14. Groceries
15. Yacht – You can contact Realship Corp at 832-5424 and 211-0946 or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Prenup Price: P6,000 (Mondays to Thursdays) and P8,500 on (Fridays to Saturdays, holidays) for three hours (docked) without electricity and maximum of eight people only.
You may also want to consider having your prenup shoot at your own wedding venue. Some wedding venues don’t allow photoshoots unless your reception is booked with them and it’s usually for free so you might as well take advantage of it, right?
There are a LOT of other venues to choose from. Consolidating this list actually reminded me of places I wanted to shoot at before but has long been forgotten. Maybe we can revisit those for this year’s postnup shoot that has yet to be planned as it’s only January. 😉
Think out of the box. 🙂
If you think I missed anything else worth mentioning, do let me know so I can update it. The Philippines has a lot of beautiful places for engagement shoots.