Avail yourself of a wedding photography plan at a shrine
Shinto-style wedding at a shrine is one of the experiences you can only have in Japan. In addition to Izumo Oyashiro (Izumo-Taisha Grand Shrine) which we featured in our article, there are many other shrines across Japan that offer a wedding ceremony service such as “Kamigamo -jinja Shrine” and “Shimogamo -jinja Shrine” in Kyoto, shines which are designated as world’s cultural heritages. In order to arrange and prepare for a wedding however, you need to make arrangements with the shrine and local companies.
If you simply want to enjoy the atmosphere of a Shinto-style wedding, you can just have photos taken with a Shinto-style wedding costume. Generally such a plan includes fees for a rental Shinto-style wedding costume, hair-styling, dressing and photography.
Kyoto Wedding Costume Photo shoot in Kyoto recommends foreign visitors companies that offer professional photography services. Photos are usually taken at Toyokuni-jinja Shrine, or Yoshida -jinja Shrine which is famous for delivering a good match and lasting marriage. An English-speaking interpreter also accompanies the shooting.
Make an enquiry well in advance
If you want to hold a wedding ceremony at a shrine in addition to photography, contact the shrine directly or use a bridal company that produces shrine wedding.
To contact the shrine directly, call the number or send an e-mail to the address listed on the shrine’s website. If you want to hold a wedding ceremony at Kagura-hall at Izumo Oyashiro for example, e-mail to Izumo Oyashiro Order firstname.lastname@example.org in English. However, we recommend that you contact them well ahead of time as it may take some time for them to respond to your enquiry.
In order to hold a wedding ceremony at a shrine, you need to arrange a rental costume, make-up, dressing etc. It will be a good idea to use a bridal company to arrange them for you for your convenience.
For example, TNC Bridal Service, which offers Shinto-style wedding plans at shrines in Kyoto such as Kamigamo-jinja Shrine, deals with enquiries in English and accepts wedding applications from overseas. You can hold your wedding ceremony at Kamigamo-jinja Shrine or Okazaki-jinja Shrine with their Kyoto Wedding Ceremony plan, but you can also request a shrine of your choice. The plan includes fees to be paid to the shrine for your ceremony as well as a rental costume, make-up, dressing, an English interpreter and pick-up from Kyoto city to the shrine. The list of shrines available as a wedding location can be viewed on the company website “Kyoto Style Wedding”. A number of hotels also offer accommodation packages that come with a shrine wedding.
It takes a lot of work to prepare and make arrangements for a wedding ceremony whichever country you hold a wedding. There is no doubt that having a Shinto-style wedding at a traditional shrine will make an unforgettable experience in Japan. Try and experience a Shinto-style wedding at a shrine!