Venice to close Grand Canal walkway area for Clooney wedding

Sep 26, 2014

Venice to close Grand Canal walkway area for Clooney wedding

Venice city officials on Thursday ordered the closure of a walkway fronting the picturesque Grand Canal on Monday to keep crowds away from George Clooney’s wedding to human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. The city order closes pedestrian access to walkways accessing the 16th-century Cavalli ...

Clooney says he'll wed fiancee in Venice

Sep 9, 2014

Clooney says he'll wed fiancee in Venice

George Clooney says he will marry his fiancee in Venice, one of the world’s most romantic backdrops. The heartthrob actor revealed that he will marry human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin in the lagoon city in a couple of weeks. His publicist, Stan Rosenfield, said ...

Top-notch Japanese grapes fetch a record $5,400: reports

Jul 6, 2014

Top-notch Japanese grapes fetch a record $5,400: reports

A bridal couple at a wedding venue in Ishikawa Prefecture will have a special treat at their banquet: a bunch of fresh, juicy grapes that cost a record $5,400. A wedding hall operator bought the Ruby Roman grapes at auction for a whopping ¥550,000 ...

Jul 4, 2014

Traditional ceremony held for Princess Noriko's engagement

Princess Noriko, a daughter of Emperor Akihito’s late cousin Prince Takamado, became engaged Friday at a traditional ceremony to a senior priest of Izumo-taisha, one of Japan’s most important shrines. The “Nosai no Gai” ceremony involves an exchange of gifts. More ceremonies will follow ...

Jun 6, 2014

Princess Noriko sets wedding date

Princess Noriko, second daughter of the late Prince Takamado and Princess Hisako, will be married in a Shinto wedding ceremony on Oct. 5 with Kunimaro Senge, eldest son of the chief priest of the Izumo Taisha Shrine in Shimane Prefecture, sources said Thursday. The ...

Designer urges localized weddings

Oct 17, 2013

Designer urges localized weddings

by Megumi Kudo

In an era of declining marriages and smaller weddings, a leading bridal fashion designer is helping to revive the custom of holding hometown nuptials that feature local food and traditional crafts. “A bride used to prepare for a wedding at the home where she ...

Yamanote fetes green trains with rolling nuptials

Oct 15, 2013

Yamanote fetes green trains with rolling nuptials

Chosen for their special connection to the Yamanote Line in Tokyo, a lucky couple exchanged vows on board a specially reserved train Monday as part of East Japan Railway Co.’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the introduction of its series of lime green ...

Apps helping couples organize their big day

Oct 15, 2013

Apps helping couples organize their big day

by Shinichi Tokuda

Marriage is a major event in one’s life but preparing for it can be bothersome. To help couples make their preparations easier, many wedding service companies in Japan are now offering computer software and smartphone applications to make organizing the big day easier. The ...