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Japanese wedding questions 2008/5/24 07:16
My husband and I have been invited to Japanese wedding next spring and we want to make sure we do not offend anyone. We are invited by the bride, who I taught to speak English for 5 years, and she is very excited about her ''American Teacher'' coming to meet her family.

* I am a female and have several large tattoo's. I have asked her if this will offend her family, and she tells me no. However should I keep them covered when around the family?

* She mentioned that her family would pay a portion of our hotel costs. It has not come up again. Travel arrangements are being made and are quite expensive. How long we stay in Japan will be determined by whether we will have financial assistance or not. Is it okay to ask her about the offer she made several months ago?

* We were told it is customary to give the bride and groom 30,000 yen (in new bills) as their wedding gift. Is this still the custom? And are there any other gifts we should bring? Gifts for the family members???

* What is the customary outfit for us to wear at the wedding? My husband has a very nice dark suit and I have a very nice cocktail dress that is knee-length. Will this attire be suitable?

Thank you!
by Wen  

Have Fun! 2008/5/25 00:14
* tattoo
If you have the option, why not bring a jacket or shawl?

* hotel costs
It's customary in Japan to pay for the guests' long distance travel costs.

* gifts
It is customary to give either cash (fresh notes in proper wedding envelopes available at stationary shops) or an item worth the amount. Personaly I think it would be thoughtful if you bring something unique to your country if you're one of the few foreign guests invited, but that's up to you. It would also be thoughtful if you bring gifts for her family, but that's not necessarily customary.

* outfit
Your attire is suitable. Just be sure you don't wear a long black tie since that is for funerals. Dark bow ties are accepted.

The following thread may also help you.
by Uco rate this post as useful

depend on... 2008/5/25 00:53
Appropriate style and attitude depends on the situation.
I hope if my opinion will be a little help for you.

1) Tatto
Having tatto is not impolite matter therefore you don't need to be seriously. However some peoples who have old (traditional) thinking may be embarrassed if the tattos are scary images.

2) financial assistance
It is usual that the host persons take a hotel room, and pay for whole (or a part of) transportation fee for the guests coming from a long distance. This financial assistance means that the cost to participate in the ceremony. I guess that two or three nights hotel charge is reasonable price which she will pay. You can, of course talk to her about this matter.

3) gift of money
Right, it is still teh custom. The money gift has two meanings. One is the feeling of congratulation, anf the other is for preparation fee for the ceremony.
How much we give as gift for depends on the status and relationship. 30,000 yen is reasonable and enough amount I guess.
No other gifts will be needed in the ceremony, however we often prepare small gifts when we visit the host in different opportunity.

You don't need to bring a gift for the family members in the meaning of wedding gift, however they must be glad if you bring some souvenirs from foreign country for them.

If the guests will pay participation fee in the ceremony, you can only pay for the fee. In addition it is smart and polite if you will bring a small gift such as flowers.

4) suitable dress
It also depends on the ceremony style, time (day time or at night) in strict.
However you don't have to be sensitive, please just care for the points below;

* White color is only the color for the bride. Please avoid a white color (or light silver) dress. On the other hand, black color dress will offer dark impression (men's suit is OK with gorgeous tie). If your dress color is dark, you can add gorgeous accessaries.

* Please ware stockings. Stockingless legs are impolite. The type is prefered to be gorgeous one such as having lame, however please avoid net type. To ware a boots is also impolite.

* If your dress is shoulder opening type, you had better to ware a shawl or a bolero to cover your shoulders. It is also polite.

This web site is in Japanese, however you can imagine the popular style.

hope to have fun
by Iori rate this post as useful

THANK YOU! 2008/5/25 02:08
Thank you for the quick and detailed replies.

I will take them all to heart during the planning.
by Wen rate this post as useful

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