Here at Invitations by R Squared, we love love, we love weddings, and we absolutely love helping our couples not only choose amazing Save the Date cards, wedding invitations and all the other wedding stationery you’re going to need.
We talk about everything wedding, pretty much all the time.
Recently, we were approached to produce a wedding stationery suite for a couple marrying in Australia. “But, wait…aren’t we talking about Japan?” you ask. Yes, as a matter of fact, we are.
We produce some pretty sweet wedding stationery, including Shape of the State save the dates and wedding invitations. The couple marrying in Australia wanted Shape of the Country wedding stationery. After we got this resolved to everyone’s satisfaction, a bunch of us were discussing this type of stationery using countries instead of states.
And we hit on the island chain of Japan. Definitely a country worth talking about and considering, while you’re thinking “destination wedding.”
There are so many incredible elements of a Japanese destination wedding, we’re almost not sure where to start!
From seeing jaw-dropping locales to spending real bonding time with your nearest and dearest, there is so much about it.
It’s a trend one in four wedding couples is now boarding.
First, let’s look at some of the reasons WHY a destination wedding might be a great choice for you:
You’ll stand out from the pack. Marry away, and you won’t have to choose from the same old hometown wedding spots all your friends have booked.
You can save on decor. With a destination wedding in a stunning setting, your location of choice supplies the theme, from castle fairytale to sea-inspired soiree. And when you choose an amazing backdrop, it doesn’t take much to dress it up.
Choose a pristine beach, a blooming garden or a historic plantation house furnished with graceful antiques, and you’ll be more than covered with a few simple florals and other modest accents.
Enjoy quality time with loved ones. The standard wedding lasts for five hours, and the bride and groom spend most of that time running from table to table, trying to say hello to everyone.
We’ve all been to those weddings where the couple ends the night hungry and exhausted from making the rounds to greet and thank every guest.
A destination wedding does span over a minimum of three days — which means, now that you’ve finally gotten your nearest and dearest together, you can actually spend quality time with them! Hooray!
You’ll share a locale you love. Part of the joy of a destination wedding is showing off a place that has special meaning to you.
Have two honeymoons.
Just arriving at your destination is sure to put you in a relaxed mood as the pre-wedding festivities begin. Stay a few extra days near your wedding locale for a mini-moon (you’ve already paid the travel expenses to get there) or plan a separate trip a few months to a year later, so you’ll have a new adventure to look forward to together.
It’s an excuse to go rogue. Getting out of town gives you the opportunity to try something fresh.
The modern bride is embracing the fact that she can customize as she wants, and a destination wedding takes that into account.
You can follow a local custom that will infuse a bit of cultural flavor into your day.
Everyone is a VIP. Far-flung weddings are usually intimate, meaning less obligatory invites and more must-have loved ones. Friends and family who make the cut often know that the list was limited, and they love feeling important to the couple.
Check something off your bucket list. Maybe both destination wedding and traveling to a country you always wanted to visit?
If you want something stylish and eclectic, choose the magnificent Japan.
Japan is the perfect wedding destination for couples who are looking for something original.
The advantages of having your wedding in Japan are endless. There’s truly no place in the world that manages to seamlessly blend past and future like Japan. Whether you want a more traditional, urban or exotic type of wedding, it will always be elegant and timeless.
Also, with diverse natural scenery and climate, you can have a wedding any time of the year. Exchange your vows under delicate cherry blossoms (our personal favorite!), or against the backdrop of colorful autumn leaves.
There are dozens of reasons to wed away in Japan, and we will you introduce you to some of the best benefits.
Exceptional Cuisine – Japan has rapidly become one of the world’s premier culinary meccas. And as it becomes increasingly well-known for more than just sushi and ramen, it has started to eclipse famous foodie destinations like Italy and France.
What’s more is that the visual presentation is as much a part of the dining experience as the taste of the food itself. Expect Instagram photo ops galore.
Spectacular Outdoors and Seasons – Japan is extremely proud of its seasons and it is for a good reason. There are few places on earth where the differences between each passing season are so pronounced, and possibly no other place where they play such a vital role in a nation’s culture – from festivals to cuisine.
Any time of the year, you can plan your wedding somewhere in Japan and make it look incredible.
Autumn in Japan is simply breathtaking. From mid-September until the beginning of November, Japan’s deciduous trees begin to change color, painting mountains, parks and forests with a vibrant palette of reds, browns, oranges, golds, and yellows.
The snow season in Japan is long and, in some places, begins as early as November and lasts in May, with the peak being in February. All is covered in snow, creating enchanting streetscapes and landscapes. Mountain peaks have the most amazing powder snow, and hot springs have totally different meaning.
When it comes to spring, it is impossible to think of Japan without an iconic image of a sea of cherry trees awash with perfect pink blooms instantly coming to mind. Painstakingly painted, obsessed over in poems, they are cited as a symbol of the transient nature of life.
Summer is reserved for Japan’s big secret that will blow your mind. In the southern reaches, lies some of the most beautiful, white-sand, crystal-clear water beaches you’ll ever find. The southern Okinawa prefecture and its subtropical islands are some of the most popular in the country.
Hot Springs – Hot water percolates up out of the ground from one end of Japan to another. The Japanese word for a hot spring is onsen. There are more than 3.000 of them in the country, and more than anywhere else on earth. The Japanese have turned the simple act of bathing into a folk religion.
The country is dotted with temples and shrines to this most relaxing of faiths. Sublimely relaxing, hot springs would add a unique and compelling aspect of your wedding that will put a smile on everyone’s face.
Fascinating Architecture – Japan has an interesting variety of buildings that exhibit different architectural forms, from humble farmhouses to grand imperial palaces. Architectural styles have evolved from pre-historic to modern times. Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, Imperial palaces, castles, samurai residences, charming townhouses and farmhouses, and modern award-winning architectural designs.
From the modern architecture of Tokyo, forever reaching into the future, to the Kyoto’s teahouses established over 300 years ago. There is something for every soul. Whichever venue you choose, you will make the trip of your life for both you and your guests.
Japanese Hospitality – In Japan, there is a deep-rooted culture, which comes from sado (tea ceremony), meaning to wholeheartedly look after guests. Omotenashi is hard to define in English, because to understand it is to experience Japan in-person. The term is a microcosm of the country itself, representing the Japanese mindset of hospitality centering around care rather than expectation.
It is a sense of incredible hospitality that carries across homestays, formal ceremonies, retail, and dining. However, omotenashi goes beyond “the customer is always right;” rather, it is an implicit understanding that there are no menial tasks if the result ensures a great experience for a guest.
The Japanese people are generally polite, kind, punctual, respectful and hard-working. These traits are something that plays a huge role when organizing a wedding in another country.
If you’re still on the fence about choosing a destination wedding, we’ve assembled some great collections of images for you to check out here.
Don’t forget – we’re here to help! Get in touch with us and we’ll get some time for you with Fran. She’s amazing, and can totally help you with colors, papers, metallics, fonts and more. We know you’re going to love her as much as the rest of us!
We know your special day is going to be nothing short of amazing, incredible and magical, and we couldn’t be happier for you both!