So a day after he proposed, we booked Chapel on the Hill! Pretty fast, eh?
★ The Chapel ★
It was pouring hard when we dropped by the church. We dropped off the bus and it was like 18C out there. We rode a tricycle and told kuya to take us to Chapel on the Hill. The chapel’s near the gate, just 15 minutes away. You can’t get lost because you will see the sign hanging from a tree branch as you can see on the featured image above. So rustic!
The chapel is perched up on the hill. Atmosphere is solemn and serene.
This is the chapel’s side view. The main door is there where the arrow points to. You need to climb the stairs to reach the door. So, instead of having two large church doors open when the bride enters, the audience get to see the veil of the bride (that’s me) as she ascend the stairs like in the picture below. Dramatic? Absolutely.
Another deal sealer is the cute, dainty, homey and one-of-a-kind interior. It is circular with a 360 degree view of the amazing place that is Tagaytay. It has a labyrinth walk (the details on the floor is sort of like a maze). And the lights hanging from the ceiling got me. I am a sucker of lights, remember. And my wedding’s gonna be in the late afternoon so it’ll be perfect. Plus, the walk will be short and sweet and the place will not look barren. It could hold up to 100 guests.
The Labyrinth on the floor is explained on Don Bosco’s website as,
“the labyrinth is a sacred circle with a single path that leads to its center. Walking the path lends itself to prayer and meditation. This kinesthetic style of prayer is especially valuable during those times when words cannot express the depths of heights of our experience”
For more pictures, you could check out these real weddings held in Chapel on the Hill.
★ The Location ★
Chapel on the Hill is actually located in Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas, just on the outskirts of Tagaytay. It’s a little over 30 mins drive from Bag of Beans and it is a few kilometers away from the opening street to Sonya’s Garden. We hopped on the Nasugbu bus and hopped off at Batulao. Then, we rode a trike to reach the chapel, but you can walk if you want to.
★ The Office and the Retreat Place ★
Chapel on the Hill is tied to Don Bosco Batulao. You can find a retreat house and more mini chapels at the back where their office is located.
★ Chapel on the Hill Rates and Reservations ★
★ Chapel on the Hill Policies ★
Wedding Ceremony Schedules are as follows:
- Monday to Saturday
- 8 am
- 10 am
- 2 pm
- 5 pm
- 11 am
- 2 pm
- 5 pm
Policies and conditions imposed by the parish are as follows:
- Dress code for the entourage should be in keeping with the religious celebration.
- Chapel on the Hill is a non-smoking area.
- Songs to be sung within the Mass should be strictly liturgical. (Choir is not included; you have to provide your own.
- The couple may bring their own celebrant for the wedding. In the even that they could not have their own priest, they may request the services of the parish priest of the area or any of the priests of Don Bosco Batulao.
- The couple is requested to have prepared missalette [/su_tooltip]to their celebrant.
- Use of the chapel is inclusive of: basic sound system, altar services and flower stand
Bonus things that I have already asked:
- Customized vows are acceptable during the ceremony.
- You have to give a stipend to the officiating priest.
- Canonical Interview with the Chapel on the Hill preiest is on Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.
- You can get your Pre-Cana Seminar Certificate from any parish.
Things to ask:
- Do I have to provide the mass lectors?
- Do we have to provide the wine and hosts?
I hope this has been helpful to you!