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Sophisticated and Modern Japanese Wedding Dresses

Updated on March 3, 2011

Japanese wedding dresses beyond the kimono!

Have you been looking for modern Japanese wedding dresses but aren't able to find them because you don't know which sites to search for? It's true, most Japanese wedding resource sites are written in their native language so not even Google's handy translate feature can find them... unless you know where to look.

The Japanese bridal fashion industry is booming and it's a shame that the gorgeous dresses aren't easily visible to the Western world. This site then aims to point you towards the right direction.

Photo: Modern kimono bridal dress by Setsuki Wakatsuki

Modern Japanese Wedding Dresses Photo Gallery - A roundup of gorgeous gowns by Japan's bridal fashion designers.

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Cute, fun and flirty bridal dresses by Ginza Naoco CoutureA beautiful A-line gown with origami detailing on the bodice by Bibi Bridal HouseSweet & pretty wedding dress by The Treat DressingSophisticated modern wedding gowns by Jun AshidaPretty ruffly tiered wedding mini-dress by The Treat DressingModern takes on the kimono wedding dress by Setsuki WakatsukiPrincess-line wedding gowns accented with a kimono fabric obi by AliansaFeminine dresses with playful details by Ginza Couture NaocoModern kimono couture wedding dresses by Setsuki WakatsukiCouture Princess-line wedding gown with multi-colored fabric rosettes by Bibi Bridal House
Cute, fun and flirty bridal dresses by Ginza Naoco Couture
Cute, fun and flirty bridal dresses by Ginza Naoco Couture
A beautiful A-line gown with origami detailing on the bodice by Bibi Bridal House
A beautiful A-line gown with origami detailing on the bodice by Bibi Bridal House
Sweet & pretty wedding dress by The Treat Dressing
Sweet & pretty wedding dress by The Treat Dressing
Sophisticated modern wedding gowns by Jun Ashida
Sophisticated modern wedding gowns by Jun Ashida
Pretty ruffly tiered wedding mini-dress by The Treat Dressing
Pretty ruffly tiered wedding mini-dress by The Treat Dressing
Modern takes on the kimono wedding dress by Setsuki Wakatsuki
Modern takes on the kimono wedding dress by Setsuki Wakatsuki
Princess-line wedding gowns accented with a kimono fabric obi by Aliansa
Princess-line wedding gowns accented with a kimono fabric obi by Aliansa
Feminine dresses with playful details by Ginza Couture Naoco
Feminine dresses with playful details by Ginza Couture Naoco
Modern kimono couture wedding dresses by Setsuki Wakatsuki
Modern kimono couture wedding dresses by Setsuki Wakatsuki
Couture Princess-line wedding gown with multi-colored fabric rosettes by Bibi Bridal House
Couture Princess-line wedding gown with multi-colored fabric rosettes by Bibi Bridal House

Weddings in Japan: A Brief Backgrounder

Japanese wedding customs fall into two categories: traditional Shinto ceremonies and modern Western-style ceremonies.

A Traditional Japanese (Shinto) Wedding Ceremony

A Traditional Japanese (Shinto) Wedding Ceremony
A Traditional Japanese (Shinto) Wedding Ceremony

Traditional Japanese Wedding Ceremonies

Traditional Japanese wedding customs or shinzen shiki is composed of an elaborate ceremony at a Shinto shrine. The Japanese bride may be painted pure white from head to toe as a declaration of her maiden status to the gods and her attire consists of an extravagant kimono, heavy make-up, a wig, and a head covering. Two choices of headgear exist: the wataboshi, a white hood; and a tsunokakushi which serves to hide the bride's "horns of jealousy" and symbolizes her intention to become a gentle and obedient wife.

Learn more about Japan's National Dress, the Kimono

A Modern or Western Style Japanese Wedding

A Modern or Western Style Japanese Wedding
A Modern or Western Style Japanese Wedding

Modern Weddings in Japan (also known as Christian or Western-style Weddings)

In recent years, the Christian-style wedding (also called a "Western Style Wedding") has become the choice of most couples in Japan and a booming industry dedicated to providing couples with a ceremony modeled after church rituals has sprung up. These weddings are generally held in a chapel, either in a simple or elaborate ceremony and following Western tradition, a reception takes place right after the ceremony and is often held in a hotel.

Because of the popularity of contemporary weddings, modern gowns patterned after the Western style of wedding fashion have also emerged. Some brides who don't want to let go of their roots can also opt to have Western-style gowns using kimono fabric.

If you liked the Japanese wedding gowns I featured on here, please take a look at the Japan wedding dresses blog to stay in the know on upcoming designs by Japan's talented bridal fashion designers.

What do you think of Japanese wedding dresses? - Do let me know what you think of this page too.

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      Ana 4 years ago

      I like all the dresses, they are wonderful Nice lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I find it interesting that couples in Japan are choosing the Christian or western style modern wedding theme rather than traditional and it looks like this will be a market that will only soar in popularity with an elegant style.

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      Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm 5 years ago

      Great lens. Some of those gowns are gorgeous, and I love the Japanese inspiration melded with Western styles.

      Li Li

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.

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      Indigo Janson 5 years ago from UK

      Gorgeous dresses. I think many of us in the West are enchanted by all things Japanese. Anime-lovers would love the cute and playful dresses, but you also feature some that are truly elegant. I adore the kimono-style dress, so flattering even for non-Japanese figures.

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      JoeSch 5 years ago

      congratulations. such a beautiful and informative lens.

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      MakingYourOwnWe 5 years ago

      The modern Japanese wedding dresses are beautifully detailed. I can't take my eye off them.

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      These Japanese gowns are gorgeous as are the traditional Shinto dresses. Thanks for sharing!

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      quicpost 6 years ago

      Thanks for such an informative article and will visit some of the sites you suggested.

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      Bella Stella 6 years ago

      I like the Japanese dresses though unusual in my country. Some of them look really

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      RealityTV LM 6 years ago

      Happy April Fool's Day; No pranks or tricks from me, just blessings ;)

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      Well, I'd say that I'm a traditional person, therefore, when it comes to Japanese wedding dresses, I'd like traditional dresses and noticed in this page that, although the trend is to wear a white dress (still wondering why), history and culture teach us that a real wedding dress is of any color but not white.

      But the Japan inspired wedding dresses I saw here all carry some color and I definitely love them!

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      I like your lens, original idea.