As an increasing number of Japanese women put their careers ahead of starting a family, the number of services that cater to single women is on the rise.
One such service is the ‘Solo Wedding’ a full wedding day experience during which a woman gets to be bride without actually getting hitched.
The absence of a groom at a wedding might sound abnormal, but the concept is surprisingly popular. Ever since Kyoto-based company Cerca Travels launched Solo Weddings in June, at least 10 single ladies have used the service. These are women who have dreamed of wearing a wedding dress all their lives, but never really had the chance to do it.
A Solo Wedding gives the client a chance to live out her childhood dream, she is put up at a plush hotel for two days and then taken in for dress fittings, bouquet design, hair and makeup.
Each service is handled by a professional, and completed with the same level of precision as a real wedding ceremony. Once the bride is all decked up, she is taken to beautiful locations in Kyoto that complement her personality, for a full photo shoot.
Solo Brides can also choose to have a decorative man between the ages of 20 and 70 pose along with them. And for women who want the attention but aren’t into wedding gowns, the company provides historical dress-up tours around Kyoto, like being photographed in Geisha makeup and traditional attire. There are a variety of packages to choose from – the cheapest one starts at 330,000 yen (US$2,800).
Source: Oddity Central