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How to choose your wedding ceremony style? ~ the attractiveness of western wedding ceremony ~
Wedding is the most important ceremony in your lifetime, it is solemn and holy. This is a ceremony that you make your commitment to someone you will spend the rest of your life with. That’s why you shall carefully choose the style of ceremony. Now, we are looking into a western style, i.e. Christian style wedding ceremony.
It is so romantic to have a western style wedding. One of the reasons why it is getting popular nowadays is that you may invite a lot of friends and relatives to witness the ceremony.
There are mainly three styles of wedding ceremony in Japan: Christian style western wedding ceremony, Japanese traditional wedding in Shinto shrine and ceremony with no religious background.
What kind of wedding ceremony do you want?
Every wedding style has its own features. If you cannot decide on which style you would like to choose, you may take the following as reference. About 60 – 70% of the couple chose western style wedding ceremony.
This is because western style wedding ceremony is the most romantic one.
A stunning church under blue sky, stain glass over the Altar area and the beautiful hymns played by pipe organ gives a special and unique atmosphere of a church wedding.
The bride is wearing her glamorous white wedding dress, walking down the aisle to the altar, praying to God and making wedding vows to have and to hold each other from the day forward, in sickness and in health, then exchanging wedding rings and so on…..
The bride has become the most blessed woman in this holy place! That’s why western church wedding is the number one choice for many of the bride-to-be.
Besides, there are many details of a western wedding ceremony that makes the whole event unforgettable.
For instance, the bride and groom can invite their cute little niece and nephew as flower girl or ring bearer that will brighten up the whole wedding with loving atmosphere.
At the end of the ceremony, guests are welcome to shower their blessings with flower petals or rice (a symbol of prosperous offspring).
Another advantage of a western wedding is you can invite many guests, not only relatives and friends, but also colleagues or boss. For the couple who wants to make their vows in front of many guests, western wedding is definitely a good choice.
However, there are some limitations of western weddings.
First of all, religious branch of the church matters. Protestant church holds wedding ceremony for non-Christians. In order to get married in Catholic Church, the couple must be baptized Christians or at least one must be a Catholic. Also the color of carpet in Protestant Church and Catholic Church are also different. Protestant church uses white color and Catholic Church uses either red or green. These are very interesting.
Nevertheless, in Japan, many of the western wedding ceremonies are held in small chapels in hotels or wedding venues. These venues are built especially for wedding ceremony and usually put no restriction on religious background.
To sum up, it is better to do more research before choosing your wedding venue. Some churches are forbidden to use flower petals. You can avoid unnecessary embarrassment if you check thoroughly beforehand.