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13th Nov '16 11:06:24 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'', Madoka's older sister gets married in a Western style ceremony. In the anime, it also gives an excuse for a rather funny episode in which [[spoiler: Kyousuke sees Madoka in a Western wedding dress, thinks ''she'' is the one getting married, and tries to crash the ceremony - it turns out she's just replacing her big sis in a wedding rehearsal.]] Complete with TheGraduate parody and all.

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* In ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'', Madoka's older sister gets married in a Western style ceremony. In the anime, it also gives an excuse for a rather funny episode in which [[spoiler: Kyousuke sees Madoka in a Western wedding dress, thinks ''she'' is the one getting married, and tries to crash the ceremony - it turns out she's just replacing her big sis in a wedding rehearsal.]] Complete with TheGraduate ''Film/TheGraduate'' parody and all.
27th Aug '16 7:08:11 PM WillKeaton
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* When Kyoko Otonashi and Yusaku Godai of ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' get married at the end of the series, [[http://mangafox.me/manga/maison_ikkoku/c157/1.html they decide on a traditional Shinto ceremony]]. A JustifiedTrope for several reasons:

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* When Kyoko Otonashi and Yusaku Godai of ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' get married at the end of the series, [[http://mangafox.me/manga/maison_ikkoku/c157/1.html they decide on a traditional Shinto ceremony]]. ceremony.]] A JustifiedTrope for several reasons:
13th Aug '16 10:52:52 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** Although it has not yet been animated, the manga ends with [[spoiler:Keitaro and Naru's]] Western-style wedding. Keitaro also fantasizes western-style weddings a couple of times -- in the first episode, with the unknown girl of the ChildhoodMarriagePromise, later with Naru.

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** Although it has not yet been animated, the manga ends with [[spoiler:Keitaro and Naru's]] Western-style wedding. Keitaro also fantasizes western-style weddings a couple of times -- in the first episode, with the unknown girl of the ChildhoodMarriagePromise, later with Naru.Naru [[spoiler: who turns out to be one of the ''two'' girls he made the promise to - the other is Mutsumi]].



* The ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' manga ends with a "wedding" ceremony [[spoiler:between Ichigo and Aoyama-kun]].

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* The ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' manga ends with a "wedding" ceremony [[spoiler:between Ichigo and Aoyama-kun]].Aoyama]].



* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', [[spoiler: Ohgi and Viletta get ''both'' Shinto and Western wedding ceremonies. Kallen attended both ceremonies and has photos of both in her bedroom.]] Lampshaded in an official picture where the groom wears a wedding kimono and the bride wears a Western bridal gown, which makes sense, seeing as the where the bride and groom are from.

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', [[spoiler: Ohgi and Viletta get ''both'' Shinto and Western wedding ceremonies. Kallen attended both ceremonies and has photos of both in her bedroom.]] Lampshaded in an official picture where the groom wears a wedding kimono and the bride wears a Western bridal gown, which makes sense, seeing as the where the bride and groom are from.from; b that time they're probably rich enough to afford ''both'' types of weddings.



** It happens again in ''Eikou Den'', where Miaka and Taka are finally married in a traditional Western-style wedding in a Catholic church. Contrary to the dream sequence, Taka was wearing a black tuxedo, underlining the difference between him and Tamahome.

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** It happens again in ''Eikou Den'', where Miaka and Taka are finally married in a traditional Western-style wedding in a Catholic church. Contrary to the dream sequence, Taka was wearing a black tuxedo, underlining the difference between him and his past self Tamahome.



* ''{{Manga/Bakuman}}'' has a seemingly Western-style wedding in which Akito Takagi wears a tuxedo while his wife Kaya (who had legally married him a little while before, and scheduled the ceremony for when they had time), wears a wedding dress. During the wedding, Akito's partner Moritaka's mind is mainly on the question of whether they should stop working on Tanto.

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* ''{{Manga/Bakuman}}'' has a seemingly Western-style wedding in which Akito Takagi wears a tuxedo while his wife Kaya (who had legally married him a little while before, and scheduled the ceremony for when they had time), wears a wedding dress. During the wedding, Akito's partner Moritaka's mind is mainly on the question of whether they should stop working on Tanto.''Tanto''.



** First, Miki and Yuu's parents must wait for six months after their divorces to get married and thus legalize their couple swap. They solely go through the aforementioned civil ceremony, then celebrate with Yuu and Miki by having a fancy dinner in a restaurant.
** Second, in the last episode [[spoiler: [[TeacherStudentRomance Meiko and Namura]] get married in a Western ceremony attended by Miki, Yuu and their friends. The wedding itself isn't seen, only the reception party; therefore neither Namura nor Meiko are seen in their wedding clothes, but in a pastel-colored suit (Namura) and a [[LadyInRed dark red two-piece outfit]] (Meiko).]]
** Last but not least, the ultra-last sequence implies that [[spoiler: when they actually get married, [[FlirtyStepsiblings Yuu and Miki]] will play the trope completely straight.]]

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** First, Miki and Yuu's parents must wait for six months after their divorces to get married and thus legalize their couple swap. They solely go through the aforementioned civil ceremony, then celebrate with Yuu and Miki by having a fancy dinner in a restaurant.
** Second, in In the last episode [[spoiler: [[TeacherStudentRomance Meiko and Namura]] get married in a Western ceremony attended by Miki, Yuu and their friends. The wedding itself isn't seen, only the reception party; therefore neither Namura nor Meiko are seen in their wedding clothes, but in a pastel-colored suit (Namura) and a [[LadyInRed dark red two-piece outfit]] (Meiko).]]
** Last but not least, the The ultra-last sequence implies that [[spoiler: when they actually get married, [[FlirtyStepsiblings Yuu and Miki]] will play the trope completely straight.]]
26th May '16 10:34:10 AM TMNTFanGirl
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In Japan, the civil or religious ceremony of a wedding has no legal status -- the actual marriage is enacted by filing the proper paperwork with the government and is all that is needed; anything else is simply an occasion for a party. Given that most Japanese do little more than give lip service to religion for most of their lives, it should not come as a surprise that they do not feel any particular need to have Shinto or Buddhist ceremonies. In fact, most traditional weddings in many Asian cultures (including Japanese culture) are very long and complicated, extremely uncomfortable for the bride (for reasons mentioned below), and, most importantly to young couples and their families, ''expensive'' (even compared to the most excessive American weddings).

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In Japan, the civil or religious ceremony of a wedding has no legal status -- the actual marriage is enacted by filing the proper paperwork with the government and is all that is needed; anything else is simply an occasion for a party. Given that most Japanese do little more than give lip service to religion for most of their lives, it should not come as a surprise that they do not feel any particular need to have Shinto or Buddhist ceremonies. In fact, most traditional weddings in many Asian cultures (including Japanese culture) culture), traditional weddings are very long long, very elaborate and complicated, extremely (even compared to the most excessive American weddings) very expensive--on another note, it can also be very uncomfortable for the bride (for reasons mentioned below), and, most importantly to young couples and their families, ''expensive'' (even compared to the most excessive American weddings).
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19th May '16 9:31:53 AM Willbyr
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22nd Apr '16 10:54:40 AM eroock
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->''"Every Japanese is Shinto when he is born, a Christian when he marries and a Buddhist when he dies."''

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->''"Every Japanese is Shinto when he is born, born,\\
a Christian when he marries and a Buddhist when he dies."''
22nd Apr '16 10:53:24 AM eroock
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->''Every Japanese is Shinto when he is born, a Christian when he marries and a Buddhist when he dies.''

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->''Every ->''"Every Japanese is Shinto when he is born, a Christian when he marries and a Buddhist when he dies.''
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22nd Apr '16 6:45:28 AM Willbyr
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* Pictured above: An early ''Anime/SailorMoon'' Episode involved a monster targeting a Bridal Fashion show (and using Usagi's former ChristmasCake, now about-to-be-married teacher as the actual victim), and Usagi constantly fantasies about a Western Wedding (with a bunny stain-glass window). The end of the episode features the teacher's actual wedding.
** In the manga and live-action show, Usagi and Mamoru end up having a Western wedding, complete with a Catholic church.
** In the ''R'' series, [[spoiler: Mamoru's BadDreams about Usagi dying if they get together]] include a Western wedding that ends up in disaster.



* One episode of ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'' is centered around the sisters making wedding dresses out of bedsheets so they can all pretend to be [[BrotherSisterIncest their brother's bride]].
* Although it has not yet been animated, ''Manga/LoveHina'' ends with [[spoiler:Keitaro and Naru's]] Western-style wedding. Keitaro also fantasizes western-style weddings a couple of times -- in the first episode, with the unknown girl of the ChildhoodMarriagePromise, later with Naru.
** There's also a brief scene in volume 8 where Keitarou feels like his life slipping away from him, and in particular, imagines Mutsumi (as the groom) and Naru (as the bride) getting married and leaving him in the dust...
* As a counterexample, the last episode of the second ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' {{OVA}} series depicts a formal Shinto wedding as held by very traditional Japanese family.
* In the chaotic and completely ruined wedding that caps off ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', (well, in the manga, anyway) Ranma's in a tux and Akane in a Western wedding dress. Additionally, at the beginning of the arc, Soun, Genma, and Nodoka dressed Akane in a white kimono (after knocking her out) and proposed they just do it right then.

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* One episode of ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'' is centered around the sisters making wedding dresses out of bedsheets so they can all pretend to be [[BrotherSisterIncest their brother's bride]].
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''Manga/LoveHina'':
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Although it has not yet been animated, ''Manga/LoveHina'' the manga ends with [[spoiler:Keitaro and Naru's]] Western-style wedding. Keitaro also fantasizes western-style weddings a couple of times -- in the first episode, with the unknown girl of the ChildhoodMarriagePromise, later with Naru.
** There's also a brief scene in volume 8 where Keitarou feels like his life slipping away from him, and in particular, imagines Mutsumi (as the groom) and Naru (as the bride) getting married and leaving him in the dust...
* As a counterexample, the last episode of the second ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' {{OVA}} series depicts a formal Shinto wedding as held by very traditional Japanese family.
*
''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
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In the chaotic and completely ruined wedding that caps the series off ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', (well, in the manga, anyway) Ranma's in a tux and Akane in a Western wedding dress. Additionally, at the beginning of the arc, Soun, Genma, and Nodoka dressed Akane in a white kimono (after knocking her out) and proposed they just do it right then.



* When Kyoko Otonashi and Yusaku Godai of ''MaisonIkkoku'' get married at the end of the series, [[http://mangafox.me/manga/maison_ikkoku/c157/1.html they decide on a traditional Shinto ceremony]]. A JustifiedTrope for several reasons:

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* When Kyoko Otonashi and Yusaku Godai of ''MaisonIkkoku'' ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' get married at the end of the series, [[http://mangafox.me/manga/maison_ikkoku/c157/1.html they decide on a traditional Shinto ceremony]]. A JustifiedTrope for several reasons:



* In ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'', Ritsuko is possessed by an {{obake}} that makes happy brides out of its "victims" (it's generally a benevolent, well-meaning spirit who ''helps'' couples tie the knot.) [[DoggedNiceGuy Nube]] is ecstatic, of course, and they very nearly conduct a traditional Shinto wedding... until Nube realizes that Ritsuko only agreed because she was possessed, and slaps the {{obake}} right outta her with his sutra.

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* In ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'', ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'':
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Ritsuko is possessed by an {{obake}} that makes happy brides out of its "victims" (it's generally a benevolent, well-meaning spirit who ''helps'' couples tie the knot.) [[DoggedNiceGuy Nube]] is ecstatic, of course, and they very nearly conduct a traditional Shinto wedding... until Nube realizes that Ritsuko only agreed because she was possessed, and slaps the {{obake}} right outta her with his sutra.



* The rereleases of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' featured a Western-style wedding in one of the cinematic anime endings. Justified since the characters involved are from a Western-style medieval setting.
** Same applies for the weddings of Gale and Sakura (Haru's parents)[[spoiler: and Haru and Elie]] in ''Manga/RaveMaster'', whose world is based more on the western world.
* Several ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series have episodes that revolve around the MonsterOfTheWeek targeting brides and/or the heroes staging a fake wedding to entrap the bad guy, almost always in western-style ceremonies. Even the rare hero weddings that are entirely legit, such as in ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', tend to be western-style.
** ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' had a mix of both types in its bridal episode, with Mako [[spoiler:and Ryuunosuke]] disguised in the Shinto wedding kimono.
* Pictured above: An early ''Anime/SailorMoon'' Episode involved a monster targeting a Bridal Fashion show (and using Usagi's former ChristmasCake, now about-to-be-married teacher as the actual victim), and Usagi constantly fantasies about a Western Wedding (with a bunny stain-glass window). The end of the episode features the teacher's actual wedding.
** In the manga and live-action show, Usagi and Mamoru end up having a Western wedding, complete with a Catholic church.
** In the ''R'' series, [[spoiler: Mamoru's BadDreams about Usagi dying if they get together]] include a Western wedding that ends up in disaster.



* Recent ''Franchise/KamenRider'' has had a few more weddings than usual: Nago and Megumi in ''[[Series/KamenRiderKiva Kiva]]'', Akiko and Ryu in ''[[Series/KamenRiderDouble Double]]'', and in ''Movie Wars Core'' Eiji and Hina from ''[[Series/KamenRiderOOO OOO]]'' pose as a bride and groom to play roles in a movie. All these weddings were western-style.



* In Slayers, [[spoiler:Martina and Zangulus]] have a western-style wedding at the end of Slayers Next. However, Slayers itself takes place in a Western European setting, so a western-style wedding is only logical.



* In Rummer Godden's ''In This House of Brede'' a group of Japanese girls come to an English Benedictine abbey to go through the novitiate and then return to found a branch house in Japan. One of the girls wants to have two bridal gowns--one Japanese, one Western--for her 'clothing' (the ceremony where she is symbolically 'married' to Christ); the Abbess & the Novice Mistress talk her out of it.
* In ''VisualNovel/MyForgedWedding'', Takao's route ends with a western-style wedding, which neither of the participants consider in any way binding since they're not planning on filing a marriage license and are just doing it to make Takao's grandmother happy.
** The "Wedding Kiss with Yamato" side story also involves a western-style wedding, this time a mock ceremony being put on to promote a wedding planner's services.
* In Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad, Madoka's older sister gets married in a Western style ceremony. In the anime, it also gives an excuse for a rather funny episode in which [[spoiler: Kyousuke sees Madoka in a Western wedding dress, thinks ''she'' is the one getting married, and tries to crash the ceremony - it turns out she's just replacing her big sis in a wedding rehearsal.]] Complete with TheGraduate parody and all.

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* In Rummer Godden's ''In This House of Brede'' a group of Japanese girls come to an English Benedictine abbey to go through the novitiate and then return to found a branch house in Japan. One of the girls wants to have two bridal gowns--one Japanese, one Western--for her 'clothing' (the ceremony where she is symbolically 'married' to Christ); the Abbess & the Novice Mistress talk her out of it.
* In ''VisualNovel/MyForgedWedding'', Takao's route ends with a western-style wedding, which neither of the participants consider in any way binding since they're not planning on filing a marriage license and are just doing it to make Takao's grandmother happy.
** The "Wedding Kiss with Yamato" side story also involves a western-style wedding, this time a mock ceremony being put on to promote a wedding planner's services.
* In Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad,
''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'', Madoka's older sister gets married in a Western style ceremony. In the anime, it also gives an excuse for a rather funny episode in which [[spoiler: Kyousuke sees Madoka in a Western wedding dress, thinks ''she'' is the one getting married, and tries to crash the ceremony - it turns out she's just replacing her big sis in a wedding rehearsal.]] Complete with TheGraduate parody and all.



* In ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}} ~After Story~'', Tomoya and Nagisa elope because they can't afford a "real" wedding, but plan to have a ceremony when they have the money.



* {{Manga/Bartender}} has two separate weddings show up. In the first one the couple are wearing western attire, but following Japanese custom (though TheLadette of a bride made a ''faux pas'' by drinking all the ceremonial sake in one gulp). The second one is never seen, but the drama involves a deeply traditional Japanese man trying to come to terms with the fact that is son is set to marry an American woman, and wondering "how will she be able to wear a wedding kimono?" indicating they are going for the full Japanese monty.

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* {{Manga/Bartender}} ''{{Manga/Bartender}}'' has two separate weddings show up. In the first one the couple are wearing western attire, but following Japanese custom (though TheLadette of a bride made a ''faux pas'' by drinking all the ceremonial sake in one gulp). The second one is never seen, but the drama involves a deeply traditional Japanese man trying to come to terms with the fact that is son is set to marry an American woman, and wondering "how will she be able to wear a wedding kimono?" indicating they are going for the full Japanese monty.



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[[folder:Literature]]
* One episode of ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'' is centered around the sisters making wedding dresses out of bedsheets so they can all pretend to be [[BrotherSisterIncest their brother's bride]].
* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', [[spoiler:Martina and Zangulus]] have a western-style wedding at the end of Slayers Next. However, Slayers itself takes place in a Western European setting, so a western-style wedding is only logical.
* In Rummer Godden's ''In This House of Brede'' a group of Japanese girls come to an English Benedictine abbey to go through the novitiate and then return to found a branch house in Japan. One of the girls wants to have two bridal gowns--one Japanese, one Western--for her 'clothing' (the ceremony where she is symbolically 'married' to Christ); the Abbess & the Novice Mistress talk her out of it.
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[[folder:Live-Action Television]]
* Several ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series have episodes that revolve around the MonsterOfTheWeek targeting brides and/or the heroes staging a fake wedding to entrap the bad guy, almost always in western-style ceremonies. Even the rare hero weddings that are entirely legit, such as in ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'', tend to be western-style.
** ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'' had a mix of both types in its bridal episode, with Mako [[spoiler:and Ryuunosuke]] disguised in the Shinto wedding kimono.
* Recent ''Franchise/KamenRider'' has had a few more weddings than usual: Nago and Megumi in ''[[Series/KamenRiderKiva Kiva]]'', Akiko and Ryu in ''[[Series/KamenRiderDouble Double]]'', and in ''Movie Wars Core'' Eiji and Hina from ''[[Series/KamenRiderOOO OOO]]'' pose as a bride and groom to play roles in a movie. All these weddings were western-style.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* As a counterexample, the last episode of the second ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' {{OVA}} series depicts a formal Shinto wedding as held by very traditional Japanese family.
* The rereleases of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' featured a Western-style wedding in one of the cinematic anime endings. Justified since the characters involved are from a Western-style medieval setting.
** Same applies for the weddings of Gale and Sakura (Haru's parents)[[spoiler: and Haru and Elie]] in ''Manga/RaveMaster'', whose world is based more on the western world.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/MyForgedWedding'':
** Takao's route ends with a western-style wedding, which neither of the participants consider in any way binding since they're not planning on filing a marriage license and are just doing it to make Takao's grandmother happy.
** The "Wedding Kiss with Yamato" side story also involves a western-style wedding, this time a mock ceremony being put on to promote a wedding planner's services.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}} ~After Story~'', Tomoya and Nagisa elope because they can't afford a "real" wedding, but plan to have a ceremony when they have the money.
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15th Apr '16 6:12:35 PM TMNTFanGirl
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In Japan, the civil or religious ceremony of a wedding has no legal status -- the actual marriage is enacted by filing the proper paperwork with the government and is all that is needed; anything else is simply an occasion for a party. Given that most Japanese do little more than give lip service to religion for most of their lives, it should not come as a surprise that they do not feel any particular need to have Shinto or Buddhist ceremonies. In fact, traditional wedding ceremonies are very long, very complicated, extremely uncomfortable for the bride for reasons mentioned below, and (most importantly to a young couple and their families) ''expensive'', even compared to the most excessive American weddings.

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In Japan, the civil or religious ceremony of a wedding has no legal status -- the actual marriage is enacted by filing the proper paperwork with the government and is all that is needed; anything else is simply an occasion for a party. Given that most Japanese do little more than give lip service to religion for most of their lives, it should not come as a surprise that they do not feel any particular need to have Shinto or Buddhist ceremonies. In fact, most traditional wedding ceremonies weddings in many Asian cultures (including Japanese culture) are very long, very long and complicated, extremely uncomfortable for the bride for (for reasons mentioned below, and (most below), and, most importantly to a young couple couples and their families) ''expensive'', even families, ''expensive'' (even compared to the most excessive American weddings.
weddings).



Western-style weddings, like many things Western/American, are considered "[[RuleOfCool cool]]", and in this case [[RuleOfRomantic romantic]] and [[RuleOfGlamorous elegant]] as well. Combine that with the substantially lower cost of a Western-style wedding (yes, Eastern-style weddings are even more expensive), and it's not surprising that it's a common enough choice that it's not even considered outré or "foreign" any more.

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Western-style weddings, like many things Western/American, are considered "[[RuleOfCool cool]]", cool]]," and in this case [[RuleOfRomantic romantic]] and [[RuleOfGlamorous elegant]] as well. Combine that with the substantially lower cost of a Western-style wedding (yes, (as previously mentioned, Eastern-style weddings are even generally a lot more expensive), and it's not surprising that it's a common enough choice that it's not even considered outré or "foreign" any more.
28th Mar '16 8:07:23 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* As a counterexample, the last episode of the second ''SakuraTaisen'' {{OVA}} series depicts a formal Shinto wedding as held by very traditional Japanese family.

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* As a counterexample, the last episode of the second ''SakuraTaisen'' ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' {{OVA}} series depicts a formal Shinto wedding as held by very traditional Japanese family.
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