In a typical Japanese Shinto reception, the bride will wear a traditional white kimono called Shiromuku, symbolizing purity.
She’ll then change into a dazzling and colourful Irouchikake kimono for the reception, with delicate embroidery and gold foil.
This beautiful kimono was originally the formal wear of the wives of samurai going back to the 14th century!
If the kimono has a colourful obi sash, it’s known as a Hikifurisode kimono, which many brides are choosing now as a more modern option for the reception.
Many fashion-conscious brides choose, instead, to wear a Western-style white wedding dress.