Western-style is a Christian-style wedding ceremony and is currently very popular in Japan. The ceremony is modeled on a traditional or stereotypical chapel wedding. With the two types of ceremonies, traditional and Western, available it was bound for the two to be combined into what is called a contemporary Japanese wedding.
Most of them are held at hotels or ceremony halls where chapels and shrines are conveniently located within the facilities. Happon-en, Chinzanso, and Meguro Gajoen are the popular ceremony halls in Tokyo. They all have beautiful Japanese garden and many tourists as well as Tokyo people come here to walk around the garden. They have a good chance to see the Japanese wedding.
Traditional wedding ceremonies are Shinto-style and are held at shrines. When traditional one is chosen, the wedding fashion will also be Kimono dress fashion. Brides wear traditional white kimono called shiromuku, and grooms wear montsuki (black formal kimono), haori (kimono jacket), and hakama (kimono pants).
Contemporary Japanese weddings are celebrated in many ways. On the beginning of the wedding day, the participants are to get ready at the parlor’s beauty shop. The responsibility of the beauty shop is to dress the bride, the groom, and the other participants in the formal Japanese attire. Dressing the bride is an important task because the bride is to change into several outfits throughout her wedding day. Due to the complexity of the design, dressing a bride can be difficult and time consuming and for this reason the bride must be the first person to arrive two hours prior to the wedding ceremony. The bride’s attire consists of an extravagant kimono, heavy make-up, a wig, and a head covering.
Average number of guests in Japan is 70 to 80 people and definitely this is the day for the bride no matter how much time required for dressing and makeup.
How much do they spend for the wedding ceremony ? Average budget for the wedding ceremony is $30,000 to $40,000 USD. Is it expensive or cheap? If they are happily ever after, then it is not cheap at all.
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