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?

A Shinto wedding is a traditional marriage ceremony that takes place at a Shinto shrine using a Shinto priest in Japan.

Bride and Groom are dressed in traditional Japanese wedding attire called the Kimono.

The bride is wearing Shiromuku(White kimono) or Iro-uchikake(colored kimono) and Wataboshi(hood) or Tsunokakushi(silk paper hat) on her head.

The groom is wearing black or colored Montsuki Haori(Kimono jacket) and Hakama pants.

No matter what nationality you are, it is possible to celebrate your marriage in the traditional Shinto style.

ABOUT US / WAKON STYLE

WAKON STYLE is committed to ensuring the most beautiful and romantic traditional Shinto Wedding for you.

We have a lot of experience in coordinating Shinto weddings at shrines, dealing with more than 1,500 couples a year.
You can choose your venue from over 200 shrines and temples.

Ceremony at Shrines or other venues

WAKON Ceremony Plan from 48,800yen (includes tax)

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

TOKYO

Nogi Shrine (English Vows)

Nakano Numabukuro Hikawa Shrine

Yushima Tenmangu Shrine(English Vows)

KYOTO

Shimogamo Shrine(World Heritage)

Kiyomizu Temple(World Heritage)

Chion-In

Nishi Hongwan-Ji

Ooharano Shrine

Yoshida Shrine

NARA

Yakushi-Ji (World Heritage)

Hase-Temple

Gangou-Ji

Oomiwa Shrine

Isonokami Jingu Shrine

NAGOYA

Ueno tenmangu Shrine

AICHI

Iga Hachimangu Shrine

MIE

Hisai Hachimangu Shrine (English Vows)

HIROSHIMA

Itsukushima Shrine(World Heritage)

Hiroshimaken Gokoku Shrine

Hijiyama Shrine

Hiroshima Tosho Gu Shrine

FUKUOKA

Sumiyoshi Shrine

Fukuokaken Gokoku Shrine

KUMAMOTO

Aso Shrine

Kato Shrine

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

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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