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Wedding Banquet in Japan/日本の結婚披露宴

Yesterday on TV, a very gorgeous wedding banquet was on air. The banquet was of a famous couple in Japan. The bride is very beautiful actress and the groom is young comedian, popular in Kansai district, rather than Kanto.

It was really gorgeous and expensive banquet, but was a good exampl of Japanese wedding banquet. Their wedding reminded me of my wedding banquet.

Usually, wedding banquets held in hotels are done as follows.

Welcome-in of the guests→Entrance of the bridal couple→Toast→Dinner→Costume change of the couple→Cutting into a wedding cake→Speech or performance from friends→Costume change again→candle lighting→gratitude from the bride to her family→gratitude from bridal family to the guests→gratitude from the groom to the guests→Leaving of the couple→Send-off

Usually the bride change her garments twice or three times. In my case, I changed three times. I entered the banquet room with colorful glittering wedding kimono and after the toast, left the room and changed into a wedding dress.
first kimono

It was to implement a wedding cake cut-in ceremony. I used a fake large wedding cake, but some of my friends cut in edible one. It seems that more and more couples prefer the latter.
cake cut in ceremony

After the cake cut-in ceremony, some speeches and performances from friends were offered. Then I dismissed again and changed the clothe into an evening dress. Before the bridal couple entering the room, the light is dimmed. The couple enters the room and lights a candles on the table of guests, one by one.
evening

This ceremony is done so that the bridal couple can visit guests' tables one by one, receive congratulations and show their gratitude to the guests.

Almost must process is the bride's reading aloud of a thank-you-letter for her family. It is an emotional good-bye to her old nest and good opportunity to show her gratitude.

The above is the rough process of the wedding banquet. Now, I'd like to mention about more practical things. To hold a wedding banquet, how much does it cost? It varies depending on the number of invited guests and the scale of the banquet, but the average is approximately 3,000,000yen (about US$25,000.00.)

In Hakodate, average cost for a wedding banquet is smaller than the national average. I think it is about half or one third of the average and most of the wedding banquets in Hakodate apply no-host style. I'd like to write about the style soon.





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Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too.
函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。

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