For anyone who wants to get married in Japan, there are all sorts of things to consider. Choosing the venue and picking out wedding dresses is hard enough in one’s own language, but to do it in another?! We have put together this brief FAQ to help get you started on your decision making process. This list is by no means exhaustive, feel free to contact us with any other questions and we will be happy to update this post.
How far in advance do we need to book?
Naturally, the sooner the better. Ceremonies will be subject to the availability of the shrine/venue and the priests/officiants. Generally speaking spring and autumn are the busiest times for weddings in Japan. So, if these are the seasons you want get married in, it is recommended you book as soon as you make your decision. It is not impossible to have weddings in Winter. However, note that culturally, New Year is very important for the Japanese, so shrines and temples will be extremely busy during the first month of the year.
What about legal matters?
Wedding ceremonies in Japan are not legally binding. Most couples will have already signed their marriage certificates at the town hall prior to the day of the celebration. We strongly recommend you do the same in your home country. Think of your Japanese event as a photo opportunity.
We are planning to visit Japan for a week or so, can fit any of these packages into our holiday?
Yes, of course! We can meet over Skype before hand, and set everything up for you before you come. The easiest to arrange will be the vow renewals, as we can do most of these things in-house, with a few emails. For elopements and weddings, we will naturally need to have more frequent communication in the days and months leading up to your arrival in Japan.
Can we choose the kimonos?
Yes! You will go for a fitting prior to the ceremony/photoshoot. For elopements this can be done one day before the event; for vow renewals, on the day itself.
Do we need to speak Japanese to get married in Japan?
No. But if you opt for the shrine ceremony package, you will have to say the wedding oath in Japanese. We will write it down for you phonetically, so you can practice ahead of time.
I’m not of the Shinto faith, can I get married in a Shinto shrine?
Yes. Shinto weddings are open to all faiths and creeds.
We have booked a venue to get married in Japan, but need help communicating with the staff, can you help?
Yes, of course, we will be happy to. Contact us for a quote.
How do we pay?
We accept payment either via PayPal, or TransferWise. Most vendors in Japan will require a bank transfer, but some also accept PayPal.