A Perfect Traditional Japanese Shinto Wedding

Testimonials

We had a fantastic wedding. The organization was excellent and the day went flawlessly. The Wakon style staff were very helpful, friendly and easy to communicate with. We would both really recommend using this company if you want to have a Japanese style wedding in Japan, especially if you are foreigners. Our coordinator Etsu also speaks great English so no need to worry if you can’t speak Japanese!

Kate & Ivan (September30th,2021 Tokaebisu Shrine)

What is a Shinto Wedding?

ABOUT US / WAKON STYLE

Ceremony at Shrines or other venues

You can choose Shiromuku(White Kimono) or Iro-uchikake(Coloured Kimono)

Shiromuku(White Kimono)

or

Iro-uchikake(Coloured Kimono)

Montsuki Haori Hakama

(Haori Jacket, Kimono and Hakama pants)

Hair accessory (Artificial Flower)

Brides assistant

Kimono Dressing

Hair & Make-up for Bride

Other accessories for Bride and Groom Kimono.

(not include undergarments)

RECOMMENDED SHRINES

Yushima Tenmangu Shrine

TOKYO

Oharano Shrine

KYOTO

Nakano Numabukuro Hikawa Shrine

TOKYO

Koyasan Ekoin Temple

WAKAYAMA

Izumo Grand Shrine

SHIMANE

and more...

Saimyoji Temple

SAITAMA

Nashinoki Shrine

KYOTO

Nishi Hongwanji Temple

KYOTO

Hase-dera Temple

NARA

Sumiyoshi Shrine

FUKUOKA

Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

FUKUOKA

Munakata Taisha Shrine

FUKUOKA

Nanasha Shrine

TOKYO

Sample Wedding Day Timeline

10:00 Hair and Make-up begins

11:00 Bride and Groom get dressed

12:00 travel to wedding venue
(It depends on venues)

12:10 Portraits at shrines or other venues

13:00 Ceremony begins

13:30 Ceremony ends, family photo or more couple's photo.

Steps for the Shinto wedding

(Ceremony may slightly vary depending on shrines.)

Before the Ceremony

About 30 minutes before ceremony
- Explanation of the ceremony in waiting room

Ceremony

1. Purification Rite

-  Shubatsu

- all in attendance stand and bow to be symbolically purified

2. Prayer

-  Norito-sojo

- Shinto priest announces the marriage of the bridal couple to the shrine altar
- All attendance stand and bow

3. Exchanging of Sake

-  San San Kudo

- The bride and groom take turns sipping 3 times from cups of 3 sizes: small, medium and large
* The first two times, the cup is raised to one’s lips. The sake is only drunk at the third sipping.

4. Exchanging of rings

-  Yubi-wa Kokan

5. The Wedding Vows

-  Seishi Sodoku

6. Presenting the Sakaki Branch

-  Tamagushi Hoten

- Ritual representing the safe end of the ceremony
'- Couple receives the sakaki branch from the shrine maiden and places it at the altar
'- Couple bows twice and claps twice

7. Guests drink Sake

-  Shinzoku-hai

- All in attendance drink sake in celebration

8. Ends

Other testimonials

I was quite nervous about having a shrine ceremony as I'd never actually seen one before, but the staff were absolutely wonderful, and spent time practicing the different steps with us so we knew what to expect! Due to the pandemic our friends and family were unable to attend, but the staff live streamed the ceremony over zoom for us which allowed people to share the moment with us. It was an amazing experience being able to participate in my husband's culture, and the kimono was absolutely gorgeous, even if it was extremely heavy!
We are very grateful to the staff for all their help and expertise, and would thoroughly recommend to anyone looking for a ceremony or photo shoot experience in Japan.

2021/11/28 Nagahisa & Helen(England) 住吉神社(福岡)Sumiyoshi shrine at Fukuoka

We had a fantastic wedding. The organization was excellent and the day went flawlessly. The Wakon style staff were very helpful, friendly and easy to communicate with. We would both really recommend using this company if you want to have a Japanese style wedding in Japan, especially if you are foreigners. Our coordinator Etsu also speaks great English so no need to worry if you can’t speak Japanese!

Kate & Ivan (September30th,2021 Tokaebisu Shrine)

Having a traditional Japanese wedding in Kyoto was something I was dreaming of, but not being in japan physically I wasn’t sure how realistic that idea was. Well that idea has come alive in real life thanks to Inoue san and her team! I had the most beautiful wedding at A beautiful shrine in Kyoto with the backdrop of the colour changing leaves. It was not possible without your help: thank you so much!! I’ve chosen the kimono to wear and the package was reasonable too when compared to other agencies. I would love to do another one for our tenth anniversary. Thank you once again for your friendly and professional work!!

Cheers :)

2022,11,23 Nashinoki shrine(梨木神社 京都)Anthony & Julie

因為我從小都很喜歡日本文化,一直以來神道式儀式都是我夢寐以求的,慶幸我的另一半都很喜歡日本文化。
所以我們的共識,就是能夠舉行一個神道式儀式,繼而我們於網絡上找到你們,亦很慶幸能夠找上你們,從選擇計劃,服裝,井上小姐都很貼心服務我們,而過程都沒有因為我們選擇怎樣的計劃而態度有所不同。
那怕語言上的關係不是太順利進行溝通,但井上小姐都很有耐心為我們講解,協調所有事情,更特定在福崗專程來到京都為我們作翻譯,這是令我意想不到的,她大可以安排一位下屬前來處理,但她仍親自前來協助,最後行禮的過程亦十分順利,我和丈夫都十分感激,我們都十分推薦各位外國情侶若有興趣舉行神道式儀式可以選擇他們,我覺得不會令你失望。

Since I was young, I have always been fascinated by Japanese culture, and the Shinto-style ceremony has always been a dream of mine. Fortunately, my partner also loves Japanese culture. So our consensus was to have a Shinto-style ceremony, and we found you online. We are very fortunate to have found Etsuko , from choosing the plan, the costumes, and Etsuko's thoughtful service. Even though the language barrier made communication a bit difficult, Etuko was patient in explaining everything to us and coordinating everything. She even traveled to Kyoto to help us as a translator, which was unexpected but greatly appreciated. The process of the ceremony went very smoothly, and my husband and I are very grateful. We highly recommend foreign couples who are interested in having a Shinto-style ceremony to choose Wakon Style services. We believe that they will not be disappointed.

2023.03.08 Alicehale & Ronald
【Nashinoki shrine 梨木神社】

We were looking for a company in Japan that can communicate in English and able to arrange a Shinto wedding ceremony to foreigners and we found this Wakon style which gave us a VERY GREAT SERVICE!!!Staff named Inoue Etsuko (井上悦子) is the one who contacted us and were the one who arranged and organized our Shinto marriage from start to the end of process, without Inoue-san the ceremony wouldn't be happended so we are glad that we got a great and professional service from her. Thank you to Inoue-san and Wakon style company for arranging such a wonder monent in our life :)

2023,5,23 Nanasha shrine
(七社神社 東京)
Tomapat & Sarinya

My wife and I had an excellent experience working with Wakon Style Weddings in planning our Japanese-style wedding. I am able to speak very little Japanese, but the wedding coordinator, Etsu-san, was able to explain the ceremony process, as well as translate any Japanese written or verbal instructions, to us in English. All of the staff were extremely knowledgeable of Japan, from its beautiful locations and shrines to its sophisticated culture, and were very patient when working with us to understand and appreciate Japan. The photographer was nothing short of amazing. She took some of the best pictures I have ever seen and was extremely energetic, which helped us stay excited through the entire day. Finally, at the end of the day, when the staff found out that we needed to walk a long way to the nearest bus station, the staff went above and beyond to find someone willing to drive us all the way to the station so that we would not have to walk in the rain. The ceremony was an amazing experience, and my wife and I are deeply grateful to Japan and to Wakon Style for helping us create memories that we hope to share with our kids someday.

2023,5,14 Oharano shrine
(大原野神社 京都)
Jetsy & Brandon

The staffs were really professional. Although we were not good at Japanese, they had staffs who spoke fluent English. They also helped me to liaise with the other parties which didn't have Engish-speaking staffs.

Date:December 03,2023
Marco & Elizabeth Keina様 (香港)

Steps for the preparation

Step.1:CONTACT
Step.2:FREE CONSULTATION
Step.3:RESEARCH
Step.4:PRE-BOOKING FOR WEDDING LOCATION
Step.5:CONTRACT
Step.6:FINDING THE PERFECT WEDDING KIMONO
Step.7:DETAIL THE PLAN
Step.8:PAYMENT OF THE BALANCE
Step.9:WEDDING DAY

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