The International Business Times recently reported on a somewhat unexpected trend within the Japanese bridal industry – solo weddings.
Tokyo-based Cera Travel is now offering a package for those who do not have a partner, or one who does not wish to marry.
Spanning two days, the service includes all the aspects involved with a regular wedding, such as the beauty treatments, bouquet selection, dress fittings and even a fake groom for the photo shoot, if required.
Certainly though, if this craze sweeps over to the UK, brides should have no problem sourcing top of the line wedding photography packages. North West England could indeed become the place that kick starts the solo wedding craze on these shores.
Although in its infancy, the company hopes that it will become ever more popular, and those who have paid for the service seem to be pleased. One such customer was Nagi Daisen, a businesswoman who said of her wedding:
“I’ve been in a relationship for years but we’ve never got round to actually getting married. So I decided to do this for myself and it was amazing fun. I always wanted to wear a wedding dress and to be pampered like this and now I have been. It was great.”
The company also offers a geisha service and historical photo shoots, for those who are not looking for a traditional nuptial package. While solo weddings would of course not carry any legal weight, they do offer people the chance to experience first hand what the big day is all about.