Japanese travel agency helps single ladies fake dream weddings
Many women start fantasizing about their wedding day as young girls, and while you can envision your floral arrangements and mentally prepare your guest list until everything feels perfect, there is one essential thing you need for a wedding – someone to marry.
Cerca Travel, a travel agency located in Kyoto, Japan, is now planning beautiful bridal packages for single brides.
Earlier this year, Cerca Travel launched a “solo wedding trip” so that aspiring brides could indulge in some of the best parts of a wedding, such as dress fittings and photo shoots.
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According to Mashable, Yukiko Inoue, president of Cerca Travel, said that she created the package “to encourage women to have positive feelings about themselves.”
And what better way to encourage self-confidence than creating a wedding photo book consisting only of pictures of you?
To be fair, the solo brides also have the option of hiring a Japanese groom to stand in for the photos, so, you know, it doesn’t look like the bride is just staging a fake wedding for herself.
The two-day wedding package does not actually include a wedding ceremony. It does, however, include a dress consultation, a fitting, a hair and makeup session, and a photo shoot in your selected dress. Brides can choose either a traditional Japanese wedding gown or a white wedding dress.
Since the package became available in May, about 30 women have enjoyed the solo wedding experience, according to Kyodo News. Interestingly, about half of these women were already married, but they wanted to indulge in an experience closer to their dream wedding, which they must not have had the first time around. Or they may have just wanted a nice wedding experience without the involvement of their husbands.
Don’t know if a solo wedding is for you? Cerca Travel describes which women may spring for the package on their website:
“You are single and you don’t know if you would be able to get married and have a wedding ceremony in the near future, but you would like to have some pictures of yourself in a wedding gown or in a gorgeous bridal kimono now, when you are young and beautiful…”
The cost of the package runs from $2,500 to $3,100, depending on which dress you choose. Of course, don’t forget the add-ons, like spa treatments and a stand-in groom.
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“This package boosted my sense of self-esteem,” Tomoe Sawano told Kyodo News. “The effect was equal to a more extraordinary experience, such as visiting a World Heritage castle.”
Some may not immediately see the correlation between visiting a World Heritage castle and taking solo wedding photos, but as one of the first women to purchase the package, Sawano still feels that it was one of the best things she has done for herself.
Even Inoue, the mastermind behind the solo bride package, admits that “some people have said it would be ‘lonely, miserable, and sad’ to use it.