Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Wedding ceremony

On March the 25th we will have our wedding ceremony here in Kobe. A lot of things need to be arranged before that, from clothes to flowers. I have only been to one wedding (my mom and her wife) before, so I can't compare too much with Dutch weddings but a Japanese wedding is on an average far more expensive than a Dutch one. An average Japanese wedding is about 3-4 million yen, (157 yen is 1 euro, so do the math).

Our wedding isn't that expensive, we will only spend 2 million yen (which is still a lot of money). But the good things are that first you will really have something nice for your wedding, and the second thing is that you will get back around 30.000 from everyone (we will invite about 45 people, so 1.350.000) so you will get half of the money back.

We have chosen our clothes, wedding dress/tuxedo and kimono/hakama, we have almost send out all our invitation letters, so the next thing will be what we want on the ceremony itself. After this we should choose the food (which was delicious when we tried it a couple of months ago), flowers, balloons, hotels for people who have to stay over, wedding gifts, etc.

Most of the guest are Mayuko her friends, I will only invite 2 because I havenÂ’t made a lot of friends yet (I am desperate please mail me I need friends ;), no joke), her family, and my family will fly over from the Netherlands (my mom and lientje, will stay for 2 weeks, and my dad and my brother will stay for 2.5 week).

I am looking forward to all, but I am also excited to meet the whole family, and if the two families will get along with each other should I care about that?

I am looking forward for some comments from people who also had their wedding in Japan.

Greets, and matane (see you again)
Dave

22 comments:

Jonathan said...

Man, good luck with all of that. Weddings are such a pain, in my opinion, and Japan doesn't make them any easier! But I guess the bliss of marrying the one you love goes a long way toward fixing that, eh.

Misa said...

I only had a very small wedding in America with just my husband's family and a retired judge who married us in the woods, so I can't really imgine how much preparation you have to make for a big Japanese wedding ceremony. I've been to my friends' weddings which were nice and fun for me with good food and drinks.

There were usually parties afterwords just for very close friends, and I got more drunk there.

Make sure you have someone take a lot of pictures, although usually pictures and video are included in the wedding fees, I think.

Zen said...

Congrats - Omideto!

Your wedding is just the week after we leave Kobe, Otherwise we could come give you some support.
You do know that Gaijin-in-japan.com lives near you. You are younger but, hey married is married and it's a party. Maybe we could all met up at the get together for Lady Z and I.

I feel you on the cost Dude!

Anyway , best of luck & wishes, ganbatte ne!!

Vincent said...

Heey Dave !
I'm sorry, I don't have any advice for you. I just wanted to say that we should really meet up some time.
Maybe I'll go to Kobe somewhere in spring or you can come to Tokyo.

Ow, and I gave your mother's website URL to my mom, she's in the same position as her, so maybe they can contact each other.

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Ethan said...

Hey man, best wishes to both of you.
Your life is like a dream to me.
Boy, am I jealous. I look forward
to your next post. *thumbs up*

Ethan said...

By the way!

I'm almost in the same situation
as you used to be (the long-distance relationship thingy). It can be very stressful indeed. It would mean much to me if we can exchange e-mails.
Just some basic info, i'm 27 yrs old male, living in Amsterdam. I put my e-mail address in the URL link. Sorry to ask it this way, i couldn't find a link to your e-mail address. ^_^

Dutch Baka said...

Dear Ethan,

I can't see your email, so if you go to my website, and fill in the contact form I would be happy to talk to you on the mail.

www.kobecityinfo.com

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Anonymous said...

Mayuko en Dave,

Ook vanuit Lelystad van harte gefeliciteerd met jullie huwelijk.
Heel veel geluk voor de toekomst,

Dick, Anita, Michel en Martin.