Whether it’s a part of your heritage or you’ve fallen in love with all things Japan – think Monchichi monkey, Donkey Kong, Hello Kitty, Nintendo, and delicious sushi – more and more couples are incorporating their favorite influences from around the world into their special day.
Of course, we’re not saying the bride and groom should make an entrance dressed as a sushi platter or as Donkey and Candy Kong (although that would be a hoot, wouldn’t it?), but brides can most certainly combine their love of all things Japanese with what they choose to wear.
Whether it’s a traditional Uchikake or a modern embellished dress with kimono sleeves, just make sure you stay true to yourself and keep it joyous, or yorokobashii, as they say in Japan!
To help you decide on your outfit, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most stunning Japanese wedding dress ideas currently available.
Traditional Japanese Uchikake
The traditional Uchikake is nothing short of resplendent. It is made from silk and embroidered with Japanese flowers, plants, and animals which all carry huge symbolic meaning. Think cherry blossoms, cranes, phoenixes, and more.
This authentic traditional Japanese Uchikake is our first pick on this list and it is breathtaking!
Made from the finest silk and embroidered with gold and silver thread, the kimono features cranes and flowers.
It’s not cheap, but keep in mind that the one-of-a-kind Uchikake is designed and handmade by professional artists, and takes over 40 days to create.
Rare, collectible, and an investment, if you’re not limited by a budget, this is the wedding outfit for you.
Vintage Japanese Furisode Silk Kimono
This vintage Japanese Furisode silk kimono is a must-have if you’re wanting to go the traditional route at a more affordable price.
Made from silk, we love this red kimono, which symbolizes passion, strength, and self-sacrifice according to Japanese culture.
A magnificent choice that needs very little in the way of accessories, you can include a fan or a pretty bouquet.
Celestial Ivory Wedding Dress with Open Back
Yup, you guessed it. Stars also play a huge role in Japanese culture, which is why we think this celestial ivory wedding dress is a must-have for your event!
Surrounded by the night stars on layers and layers of tulle, this stunner with its open back is nothing short of a masterpiece.
We love the option of the pearl-adorned tulle cape, which can be worn during the ceremony.
Azul Blue Boho Inspired Wedding Dress
Blue represents all good things in Japanese culture, including stability, fidelity, calmness, and purity!
This Azul blue boho-inspired wedding dress with its high, drop waist and deep V-back is decorated with floral appliqués, which adds to the overall allure and charm.
The fit and flare sleeve includes navy tassels, making the dress as fun as it is fabulous. Wear your hair down, scrunch it up in a messy bun and match it with your favorite pair of earrings.
Vintage Silk Wedding Uchikake Shawl
We love how this vintage silk Uchikake shawl effortlessly combines Japanese tradition with the present day.
Made from silk, the pink, apricot, and beige shawl features gold brocade and the most gorgeous embroidered cranes and flowers, including peonies and chrysanthemums.
Wrap yourself up in this unique item as you walk down the aisle, and remove it once the festivities get started at the reception.
Flowy Satin Maxi Wedding Dress with Wrapped Belt
If you’re a traditional Japanese bride looking for a dress with a contemporary twist, your search is officially over!
With a pink obi sash and cherry blossom-like floral fabric, this flowy satin maxi wedding dress is what dreams are made of.
Botanical Colorful Boho Wedding Dress with Open Back
Whimsical and flowing, this botanical colorful unique wedding dress with an open back is for the fearless fashionista bride who wants to stand out from the crowd.
The dress features hand-sewn floral appliqués and includes detachable sleeves, a chiffon skirt, and ruched draping. An open side slit adds that VA-VA-VOOM factor, while dainty floral straps keep it feminine and flirty.
We are head-over-heels in love with this dress and know you will be too!
Lace Wedding Dress with Kimono Sleeves,and Maxi Skirt
Fit for a Japanese princess or “hime,” we adore how old meets new with this lace wedding dress with kimono sleeves, maxi skirt, and a low back.
The lace bodice features kimono sleeves, which perfectly compliment the full circle maxi chiffon skirt.
Available in white or ivory, the creation is comfortable and an all-time classic. Add a pop of color with a gorgeous floral and botanical arrangement of flowers or wear your favorite lipstick to finish off the look.
Off-White Japanese Furisode Kimono with Red Accents
Comfortably transitioning from ceremony to reception celebrations, the off-white Japanese Furisode kimono with red shibori or tie-dye detail is an absolute gem.
The kimono robe is the perfect choice for the modern bride because of its subtle influences and more fitted style. We love that it’s hand-sewn, lined with silk, and features an elegant boat neckline.
Perfect for a ceremony on the beach or in a Japanese garden, this wearable piece of art includes a stunning Obijime belt.
Kimono-Style A-Line Wedding Dress
Perfect for a boho or beach wedding, it’s easy to see why this kimono-style A-line wedding dress is one of Etsy’s top picks.
With its relaxed fit, wrap front and asymmetrical hemline, the dress is available in two fabric options and features cotton embroidery.
It’s a stunning choice for the bride who wants to add a modern twist to a classic and timeless style.
Traditional Japanese Kimono Robe
There’s so much to love about this traditional Japanese kimono robe!
Unique and ever-so-versatile, this handmade creation features illustrated flowers and the fabric drapes perfectly on all body types.
We love that it can be dressed up for your wedding day, with the accompanying belt, or be worn casually around the house or on a night out.
Modern Hanbok Wrap-Style Wedding Dress
We may be cheating by including this modern hanbok wrap-style wedding dress, as it’s not traditional Japanese attire, however, we couldn’t resist.
With see-through floral fabric over a pure white dress, it’s a modern take on a style that dates back more than 2 000 years. As pretty as a picture, it’s perfect for any themed wedding.
Beaded Mermaid-Style Tulle Wedding Dress
Simple and understated in style, this beaded mermaid-style tulle wedding dress is truly magnificent!
Made with tulle, the dress features an asymmetrical hand-embroidered fitted top with long sleeves and gorgeous button detail at the back. The tulle skirt adds volume while creating a dreamy silhouette.
We suggest keeping your accessories and makeup simple with this stunner of a dress.
Dotted Tulle Ivory Lace Wedding Dress with Illusion Back
Reminiscent of the art of origami, this dotted tulle ivory lace wedding dress with an illusion back and train is a pure masterpiece.
The A-line dress combines a mesh top with hand-sewn organza leaves and a dotted tulle skirt. Romantic and whimsical, it’s finished off with a beaded belt and long train.
Unique Bird Lace A-Line Long Sleeve Wedding Dress
If we had to pick a winner for the most breathtakingly beautiful Japanese wedding dress, this bird-inspired lace A-line long-sleeve dress would be it!
Embellished with birds and flowers, the dress has an illusion top and back, creating a subtly seductive silhouette. Made up of layers of tulle with different textures, the skirt is full and dream-like.
Linen Maxi Kimono Sleeve Wedding Dress
For the bride that’s all about style and elegance, this linen maxi kimono sleeve wedding dress is a must-have!
With its wide kimono sleeves, plunging neckline and structured waistband, it’s a simple silhouette that leaves a big impact.
Of course, with it being handmade, you can customize as much, or as little, as you like, including the length and width of the sleeves, the neckline, as well as the measurements, and proportions.
Styling Tips for a Japanese Wedding
To help you complete your look for your dream wedding day, we’ve included some styling tips we think work well.
Inspired by Geishas and Kabuki actors, traditional Japanese wedding makeup calls for a white base, well-defined eyebrows, and bright red lips.
Modern brides however tend to go for a more natural look, with fresh, dewy skin, soft eyeshadow shades, and pink lipstick hues.
We say take cues from the style and colors of your wedding dress and “do you!” There’s no right or wrong way of doing your makeup, as long as you’re happy with it.
For the best results, we suggest trying out a few different styles before your wedding day.
While it’s traditional for a western bride to wear a veil, this isn’t standard for a Japanese bride.
More often than not an updo or soft curls are decorated with fresh flowers or a floral ornament, also known as kanzashi.
There’s a wide range to choose from, so feel free to choose one that coordinates with your traditional kimono, Uchikake, or modern wedding dress.
While sometimes overlooked, gorgeous nails can make or break your wedding outfit.
There are no hard or fast rules when it comes to nail art, so take inspiration from your dress and add pearls, sequins, or lace (yes, lace!).
Let your creativity run wild.