Marriage has traditionally been considered a matter between families rather than individuals, and wedding ceremonies and receptions are conducted as such under the family names.
As proof of engagement, both families and the matchmaker gather on an auspicious day to have an official ceremony, known as a yuino, in which the families exchange betrothal money and gifts. The groom’s family gives money, yuinokin, to the bride’s family, and the bride’s family gives a present to the groom’s family. Data shows that 70 percent of married couples do not have a yuino these days. Instead, most just meet at a restaurant with their families and exchange rings.
A bride who chooses a Japanese style wedding will be in a white wedding kimono, shiromuku, and have a tall, elegant, tied-up hairstyle, which will be covered with the bride’s hood. The groom traditionally wears a haori and hakama, a Japanese style kimono for men, with the family crest.
Shintoist is the most popular ceremony style in Japan. However, there are also Buddhist and Christian style weddings, while some people prefer jinzenshiki, which are nonreligious ceremonies. Depending on the type of wedding, the ceremony is conducted at a shrine, temple, church, and so on. Also, many hotels have a wedding center, which includes a ballroom where the reception can be held after a wedding ceremony.