Wedding in Japan - Expenses and Procedures

Ever wondered what the expenses and requirements for getting married in Japan are? In this article, we are going to talk a little about all the expenses that Japanese and foreigners will have to carry out a wedding, in addition to the necessary documents, procedures and requirements.

Do the Japanese spend more than 30,000 on a Wedding dress? Is there a custom of giving presents at a wedding? What are the differences between Western and Japanese weddings?

Civil Procedures and Expenses

There is nothing better than directly consulting your city's consulate and city hall to clear up all your wedding-related questions. Each case is different, so the best thing to do is to contact the responsible local bodies. Still I want to leave a light for the readers.

As in Brazil, in Japan, in practice, it's just going to the city hall and having the wedding quickly. Unless any of spouses are foreigners, in which case things get more difficult and time-consuming.

Marriage in Japan - expenses and procedures

A marriage between people of different nationalities is very complicated. In certain situations you need to ask for a certificate of singleness from Brazil, you need to perform the marriage at the city hall and then register at the consulate.

If you want to change your wife's name, you will need to renew her passport. There are so many variables and documents that the city hall and consulate request, that the process can take months, so be careful when choosing party dates and honeymoon.

Regarding expenses with documentation, know that once again Brazil is the one that steals the most. My friend spent around 700 yen on Japanese documentation but had to spend 32,000 yen with documentation related to Brazil.

Marriage in Japan - expenses and procedures
  • Those with dual nationality need to present their Japanese passport and Koseki Touhon;
  • You will also need two witnesses to carry out your wedding;
  • All paperwork for the civil wedding costs around 2,000 yen.
  • The cost for registering a marriage is free, unlike Brazil where it exceeds 300 reais.

The wedding party in Japan

Did you know that in Japan it is common for guests pay for the wedding party? Exactly, you may end up being invited to a wedding party, but you may have to contribute money to the party.

A reasonable wedding party for 100 people can cost 300,000 yen, a pretty hefty amount for anyone looking to throw a good party. Not all parties charge the guests, it is up to the family and the bride and groom to decide the best.

We mentioned a cheap wedding party, there are cases that the party can cost up to 2 million yen for 100 guests. The Bride's outfit is also expensive and there are 5 pieces that even rented, can cost more than 100,000 yen.

Marriage in Japan - expenses and procedures

Research reveals that the Japanese spend up to 3 million yen holding the wedding party. Instead of gifts, guests usually take money in envelopes, where the bride and groom usually receive more than 2 million to pay expenses.

Converting to reais, a Japanese can easily spend more than 100,000 reais on his wedding party, but the entire amount can be reduced with the help of relatives and party guests. It may seem daunting, but all it takes is having good choices.

These 5 million yen parties are the ones that take place in a luxury hotel, with reception, dinner and gifts for each guest. If you want something super simple you can easily spend less than 100,000 yen.

Marriage in Japan - expenses and procedures

The average donation per guest at wedding parties is 30,000 yen. Hokkaido is the region of Japan where wedding parties are cheaper and cost up to half the price of Tokyo.

Sometimes you will still spend on flowers, cake, photographers and wedding rings. If you want to do a western-style wedding with a white dress, you can spend less than the 5 pieces of a kimono.

More information about weddings in Japan

If you want to hold a ceremony at a Shinto shrine, you can spend around 50,000 to 300,000 yen to rent the place. A cheaper option is to rent a restaurant to hold the party. Some shrines and temples have partnered with party agencies.

Marriage in Japan - expenses and procedures

Japan loves to sell things in packages. You can save money by having the entire wedding party through a complete package at a party agency that can include clothes, photography, makeup, gifts, food, cake and everything else.

Some packages even include a honeymoon in a Hotel, Ryokan or upscale resort. In fact, the honeymoon is another expense you need to look into. Maybe you want to spend the night at a top-notch Ryokan and spend around 50,000 yen for the experience.

I hope you enjoyed the tips related to weddings in Japan. If you liked the article, don't forget to share it with your friends and leave your comments. Thank you and see you next time.

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