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

78,800yen(includes tax) or 98,800yen (includes tax /English speaking staff)

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)

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Hase-dera Temple

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Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

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Munakata Taisha Shrine

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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)

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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