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->''Every Japanese is Shinto when he is born, a Christian when he marries and a Buddhist when he dies.''

Most weddings in anime are Western-style (i.e., Christian or Christian-influenced) ceremonies, with {{Fairytale Wedding Dress}}es, tuxedos, and rings.

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.

Western weddings started to become popular in TheEighties, and there were [[TropeCodifier two events that codified the trope itself]]. One was the the televised marriage of actors Momoe Yamaguchi and Tomokazu Miura in 1980, and the other was the famous wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1982.

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.

Correspondingly, because of their "cool"/"romantic" factor, Western weddings are the way to go for most anime characters. And they're just more fun for the artist to draw, too.

Japanese brides frequently have [[UnlimitedWardrobe multiple]] [[FairytaleWeddingDress wedding dresses]], and change between them at various points on their wedding day. Changing wedding dresses is known as ''oiro-naoshi'', and having many expensive wedding dresses to change between is a way in which Japanese brides and their families can [[ConspicuousConsumption conspicuously flaunt their wealth]]. The ''oiro-naoshi'' is also a way to let the bride have a Shinto wedding (in traditional white ''kimono'') followed by a Western-style reception.

The grooms, for whatever reasons, generally favor a style of tux [[OutdatedOutfit not seen unironically in the Western world since about 1980]] (see above picture). Ruffled shirts, tailed jackets, pastels and white-on-white seem to the order of the day.

This isn't a {{Japanese Media Trope|s}} so much as a Japanese cultural trope (although the tuxes may be informed by media depictions). Other East Asian countries also prefer a western wedding instead of their respective tradition.


* The early MagicalGirl show ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' features heroines who fight in Western wedding gowns. The series is centered around wedding themes, and includes lots of information about Japanese weddings. The {{Magical Girl}}s also perform the ''oiro-naoshi'' to change into more traditional magical girl costumes halfway through most battles.
* 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 ''SakuraTaisen'' {{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.
** Much earlier, during Mousse's re-introductory arc, there is a confused moment where everyone believes Akane has been turned into a duck and Ranma is thus forced to marry "her" (long story). The result is a hastily performed mishmash Shinto ceremony.
*** An anime-only episode has Happosai apparently dying, whereupon Soun and Genma decide that Ranma and Akane must marry as soon as possible.
*** Also, Shampoo and Ranma have been depicted as having a Western wedding ceremony in the "Curse of the Reversal Jewel" story, and both a Shinto one and a Western one in the anime-exclusive "Shampoo's Red Thread of Dread". In the latter case, the first "wedding" occurs in Akane's imagination, while in reality Shampoo receives a Western-style dress, with she and the tuxedo-clad Ranma actually going to a church to conduct the ceremony.
* One episode of ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}'' has Kagome [[ImagineSpot momentarily fantasizing]] a prospective (Western-style, of course) wedding between her friends Miroku and Sango.
* 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:
** RumikoTakahashi often uses her works to try to preserve knowledge of Japanese culture and traditions in the face of increasing Western influences.
** Kyoko and Godai got the money from Grandma Godai, who basically told them they should have a traditional wedding.
** If memory serves, they also decided on a traditional wedding because Kyoko's marriage to her dead first husband Soichirou had been Western. Kind of a way of saying, '[[RomancingTheWidow My husband died and nothing will replace him in my heart]], [[SecondLove but I can love someone else without it being an insult to his memory]].'
** The Godais may be a bit traditional, one of Godai's (many) daydreams has him in a ''shotgun!'' Shinto wedding to Kozue, while Kyoko and Mitaka are seen in Western dress (Ironically, [[spoiler: Mitaka's actual wedding to Asuna]] was almost certainly Shinto).
* ''Anime/HellGirl'':
** Averted in a flashback sequence that shows Hajime and Ayumi getting married in traditional Japanese style.
** Also averted for [[CharacteroftheDay Inori]] in episode 19. She marries into a very rich and traditional family, so they go for a Shinto ceremony.
* An episode of ''KodomoNoOmocha'' has an engaged couple arguing whether the bride should wear a traditional kimono or a Western wedding dress.
* The ''TokyoMewMew'' manga ends with a "wedding" ceremony [[spoiler:between Ichigo and Aoyama-kun]].
* An episode of ''KaitouSaintTail'' had the title character go after a stolen wedding dress design at a fashion show by sneaking in as one of the models. This also gave her best friend Seira, acting as her decoy, an identity crisis of sorts -- [[NunsAreMikos she's a nun]].
* Lampshaded in ''Anime/LuckyStar'', where [[{{Miko}} Kagami]] ponders on the religious ramifications on her sister wanting to have a Western-style wedding.
* In ''{{Yu Yu Hakusho}}'', it is revealed in a flashback that Kurama's human mother Shiori had a Western-Style wedding.
* The very last page of the last chapter of FruitsBasket has in the background what is most likely [[spoiler:Kyo and Tohru's (or their son's)]] Shinto wedding photo.
* The June episode of ''Anime/BottleFairy'' had the four fairies imagining their prospective weddings to Sensei-san.
* 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.
* At one point in the ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' manga, Keiichi had a dream about a Western-style wedding with Belldandy. Tamiya was the [[ChristianityIsCatholic priest]], complete with skullcap and pectoral cross, and Otaki was the altarboy.
* This happens three times in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''.
** In the first instance, [[spoiler:all the dead Suzaku Seishi return]] for the final showdown with Nakago, and the only one missing is Tamahome. It suddenly cuts to a sequence where everyone is preparing for Miaka and Tamahome's wedding (which was about to take place in a Catholic church), showing up in tuxedos. After a conversation with his father, Tamahome (who was himself wearing a white tuxedo in this sequence) learns that it was all a dream and resolves to go back to fight Nakago.
** 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.
** Also invoked in the ''Suzaku Ibun'' DatingSim game. [[spoiler: If [[PlayerCharacter Madoka]] [[ExPy Ohtori]] succesfully romances [[HealingHands Mitsukake]], [[FixFic prevents his canon death]] ''and'' [[GuideDangIt unlocks a certain scene]], a [[MultipleEndings special ending]] in which Mitsukake is reincarnated in Earth (like Taka/Tamahome) will be unlocked. The CG is about his and Madoka's Western wedding, with the groom in a black tuxedo (again, like Taka/Tamahome) and the bride in a cute wedding gown.]]
* 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.
** Near the end of the manga, [[spoiler:Nube and Yukime are to wed at a church]], in standard Western fashion. The artist makes good use of two page-wide SplashPanel to show off [[spoiler:Yukime's]] [[CostumePorn absolutely gorgeous, hyper-detailed]] wedding dress.
* 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 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.
* ''{{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.
** [[spoiler: And the cover art for the final chapter indicates that Mashiro and Miho opted for a Western-style one as well.]]
* 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.
* Photographs in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' show that Kotetsu and Tomoe had a Christian-style wedding, which wouldn't be remarkable in the anime's New York-influenced setting were it not that the Kaburagi family is depicted as observing many Japanese cultural traditions, including [[spoiler:Tomoe's Buddhist burial]].
* 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.
* While [[MagicalGirl Ureshiko]] in ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' wanted a western-style wedding, she opted for a Japanese one. Reason being, [[spoiler: the western ceremony requires a kiss, and if she kisses someone, she'll lose her powers]].
* 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.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' features some Western weddings:
** There's an episode known as the "June Bride case" which surrounds the Western-themed wedding of Shinichi, Ran and Sonoko's former teacher Sayuri [[spoiler: and how she's poisoned to almost death by the vengeful groom, Toshihiko.]] It's also the episode where we meet Megure's boss and recurrent character Kiyonaga Matsumoto, who is Sayuri's OverprotectiveDad [[spoiler: and the actual target of Toshihiko's RevengeByProxy, as he accidentally caused the death of Toshihiko's beloved mother.]]
** In a much later case, a couple that's about to marry in the Western style goes to the police after they get threatened by a SerialKiller. They stage a fake wedding to get the killer caught, with Takagi and Yumi Matsumoto acting as the couple's {{Body Double}}s... and it's a good thing since one of the wedding guests is found ''burned to death''. [[spoiler: Again, the culprit is the groom, who was planning to ''marry and then kill his bride'' for FinancialAbuse reasons. Too bad the girl he tries to stab is a [[MasterOfDisguise disguised]] [[GenreSavvy Sato]], whose dress has [[PocketProtector a rather thick corset]]...]]
** In a {{filler}} case Sonoko ropes Ran and Conan into going with her to a family friend's luxurious wedding... and this time '''both''' the groom and the bride are killed off, one almost immediately after the other, right after the post-ceremony reception. [[spoiler: The culprit was the bride's younger brother, who did it because he was in ''severe'' debt and, as her closest relative and only prospect heir, wanted the money that would come from her and her very rich husband's inheritance.]]
* 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.
* The wedding between Simon and Nia at the end of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' is shown to be of a Western style, with Rossiu as the priest.
* In ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'', [[spoiler: Tsubasa and Sanae]] got married in Western style at the end of ''World Youth Cup''. A two-page picture features almost everyone in the whole cast attending the ceremony, with rather... [[{{Narm}} hilarious]] levels of OffModel involved.
* {{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.
* Zigzagged in the ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'' anime:
** 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.]]