Okay, I have a confession to make here – that whole wedding fever that some women get, where they obsess over the minute details of “their” special day? I’ve never really gotten that. I mean, do you know how much weddings cost? It’s a lot of money, and it’s gone in a day. Call me a pragmatist, but I’d rather spend that money on a down payment for a house or on an awesome trip. I also can’t help thinking that it sometimes veers more towards celebrating the bride rather than the union of two people. (It’s no wonder women in Japan have started having solo weddings!) Still, a wedding is a centuries-old tradition, and lots of people love the spectacle and ceremony of it. And what better theme could there be for a glitzy wedding than “Indian Disney Princess”? Canadian formal attire company Wellgroomed Designs have come up with nine concept gowns focusing on specific Disney princesses, and they look amazing!
As many of our readers are undoubtedly aware, manga is one of the biggest industries in Japan, and there are literally thousands of manga to be enjoyed out there. But among all those countless comics, there are a select few that have withstood the test of time and have been read and loved over periods spanning decades. Comic artist Riyoko Ikeda’s classic Rose of Versailles is one such work, the title and characters still widely recognized by the Japanese public more than 40 years after its first serialization in the girl’s comic magazine Margaret. In fact, a new volume of Rose of Versailles containing a selection of omnibus stories was released in August this year, making it the first new comic to come out from the series in four decades!
Now, Ikeda has collaborated with Japanese marriage and wedding information magazine Zexy and created a sweet little side-story that also doubles as a leaflet for couples preparing for their wedding. And what makes it extra delightful for fans of the manga is that it involves Oscar and André, the two main characters, finally getting married! Well, we can almost hear the fans collectively crying out, “It’s about time!”
Hey comics fans, check out this plot twist of the year! Apparently, Joker and Harley Quinn tied the knot, and Batman officiated the ceremony for his nemesis. And that’s not quite the biggest twist yet…
Well, the top image has probably given it away, this isn’t a real plot twist in the authentic DC Comics series. This happily-ever-after ending came from a comic fan’s dream wedding; a totally awesome Marvel/DC Comics-themed wedding that is just a delight to look at even if you’re not a fan of Batman or Harley Quinn or I… oops! Nearly let the cat out of the bag! Unveil the big twist after the jump (there are no titans this time, we promise)!
Between bad dates and missed connections, ever feel like true love is a myth invented to sell flowers and chocolates at arbitrary times of the year? This story straight from a Chinese prison may be able to warm your cold, jaded heart and renew your hope in love.
A man serving an almost eight-year sentence for dealing drugs recently married his sweetheart in one of the most elaborate weddings you will probably ever see in a correctional facility.
Oct 27, 2014
Although Japan is not often considered the best place for sexual equality, steps are definitely being taken in the right direction. More and more women are trailblazing lifelong careers in not always hospitable corporate environments and forgoing more traditional routes such as marriage and becoming a full-time homemaker.
But sometimes this comes at the cost of getting married and starting a family. While some women are perfectly fine with this, others will no doubt feel the occasional pang of regret when they consider that they never had a chance to get all dressed up and be the center of attention for the day like many of their friends and family.
That’s why Kyoto-based company Cerca Travel has set up a service providing all the glamor of a wedding without any of the commitment in what they call a “Solo Wedding.” That’s right: women can now have the full wedding day experience without actually having to get hitched.
Sep 11, 2014
Are your eyes playing tricks on you? Maybe.
Take another look at that picture up there. They’re not twins, not even sisters. They are romantically involved, and they might be best friends, but they’re definitely not gay. The couple pictured above are husband and wife. Which one is the husband? Find out after the break!
Aug 13, 2014
Weddings are one of the biggest events in one’s life, and many would stop at nothing less than perfection for their once-in-a-lifetime (supposedly) wedding photo shoot. Couples spend thousands of dollars on their pre-wedding photo shoots, some even cross oceans to get the perfect backdrop for their memorable shot. But not every couple has the financial ability to drop a bomb on overseas wedding photos taken in France, Hawaii or the Great Wall of China. Want something unique, inexpensive yet meaningful for your wedding photos? Look no further, workplace wedding photos might be a blooming trend.
Lately, wedding photos of civil servants taken at their workplace in their uniforms have been the talk of town among Chinese netizens. Check out these grooms in their smart uniforms and their beautiful brides!
McDonald’s restaurants are now doubling as wedding venues in Hong Kong.
McDonald’s launched a wedding party program a few years ago in response to customer demand, with three locations offering wedding services. Today, 15 McDonald’s locations in Hong Kong host weddings, as well as engagement parties, anniversary parties, and bridal showers, according to CNBC.
Jun 25, 2014
These days, many engaged couples usually choose their gowns and suits, and take a beautiful set of pre-wedding photos before solemnizing their marriage during their wedding ceremonies. In the past, however, not many couples had the privilege of having lavish weddings.
An elderly couple in Hunan Province, China, have been married since 1946, but it is only now, 68 years later, that they put on their wedding dress and tuxedo for the first time!
Jun 2, 2014
Now, I’m sure that to most people, weddings are a big deal. And finding the right venue is surely one of the most important steps in planning a wedding. What, then, would be your ideal wedding location? You may say Disneyland, or if you’re a train fan, maybe a ceremony on the JR Yamanote Line is what you would call the wedding of your dreams.
Well, if anyone out there thinks a video game arcade is the perfect wedding venue for them, then there’s an arcade in central Tokyo that could actually make your dream come true!
May 20, 2014
Feb 28, 2014
Air pollution in Beijing on February 25 was worryingly high, but one couple wasn’t going to let that spoil their special day. The brave pair risked the toxic smog to pose for their wedding shots, but took sensible steps to keep themselves safe. The results, however, are a little more creepy than they are romantic.
Many little girls dream about their wedding and plan out each detail of their special day even if it’s decades away. Sure, there are plenty of wedding sites touting conventional themes of roses, white doves, and anything pretty, but what’s a Ghibli fan to do? Luckily, Japanese site, Naver Matome, has compiled the ultimate list of Ghibli-themed wedding ideas for any Totoro, Kiki or Jiji fan.
We’re not new to the combination of weddings and doves. Many couples fancy adding a romantic touch to their special day by releasing doves. To most of us, the white birds symbolize love and peace. But to some others, they simply mean: FREE FOOD!
A Chinese couple released close to a hundred doves after their wedding photography session, but little did they expect to attract a bird hunting crowd!
Michelle Lynn Dinh
Aug 15, 2013
Pictures of a bride and groom at the head of the line on opening day of Comic Market (Comiket for short) have surfaced on Twitter causing otaku everywhere to have wedding fever. For those of you who don’t know, Comiket is the world’s largest self-published manga and anime fair held biannually in Tokyo. The pair was seen leading a mass of sweaty nerds into the event site, the woman in a stunning wedding gown, the groom walking proudly by her side in a light grey tuxedo. But what were they doing there? Was this an actual Comic Market wedding or an ingenious way to prevent overeager nerds from ignoring staff guidance and running amuck to be one of the first into the event site?
Michelle Lynn Dinh
Jun 20, 2013
Many couples strive to plan a perfectly unique wedding. From nonconventional backyard ceremonies to destination weddings in far off places, there is no limit to the delightfully strange and creative ways people tie the knot. However, JR East is giving one lucky couple the chance at a wedding most people have probably never dreamed of.
Jan 12, 2013
Otari is a small farming village located in northern Nagano Prefecture of central Japan. As of 2010, the village has an estimated population of 3,225 people, over 70% of which are over the age of 65.
Like many of the other aging, depopulated communities that typify the Japanese countryside, most of Otari’s young adult population move to larger urban areas after graduating high school to seek work or attend college. Very few come back.
However new life was breathed into this dying village late last year when a young couple decided to throw a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony in Otari — the first to be held in the village in 42 years.
Karen Bremer Masuda
Nov 30, 2012
We all know about wedding anniversaries like the 50th year ‘Golden Anniversary’ and the 25th year ‘Silver Anniversary.’ Some people even may make a point of celebrating every year with something special, others may surprise their partner on an unplanned year.
One Japanese man teamed up with Nissan (yes, the car company) to give his wife the surprise of a lifetime for their 11th anniversary.
Check the video below!
Japanese Man Brings Virtual Girlfriend to Own Wedding, Bride Retaliates with a “Surprise” at the Reception
Nov 25, 2012
Japanese men hold their virtual girlfriends in high regard. Even among those who eventually find a real girlfriend and get married, there are some men who struggle to abandon their digital partner.
Especially after the release of Love Plus, an addictive open-ended dating simulator for the Nintendo DS that went on to sell over 250,000 copies in Japan, stories of men who were busted by their girlfriends or wives while playing—as well as stories of men whose wives played with them—became a common sight on the internet.
While everyone has their own level of tolerance for 2D infidelity, you’d have to be one hell of a woman to allow you husband to bring his virtual girlfriend to your most important day as a couple: your wedding.
It’s stories like this that restore my faith in humankind.
Staff at a hospital in Tokyo went the extra mile this week by organising a second wedding ceremony especially for a patient who was unable to attend his daughter’s wedding in October.
The patient, 57-year-old Masaru Tanaka, was admitted to the hospital in December last year after the driver of a truck knocked him off his motorbike, confining him to a hospital bed after suffering a severe cerebral hemmorhage. Hearing the sad news that Masaharu was unable to attend his own daughter’s wedding, staff at Akirudai Hospital in west Tokyo put their heads together to bring the celebrations to him instead.
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