That’s Amore: Tutus and Ninjas

Woohoo! It’s time to get started with my recaps. Let’s jump right in!

Guests from overseas started flying into Japan a few days before the wedding reception. Mr. G was able to take a few days off before the wedding, but I sadly could not. While Mr. G was hanging out with our out-of-town guests I was working full time and meeting with everyone later in the evening. Needless to say, I hardly got any sleep the week before the wedding, but I was glad to see all of my friends and family and hear all about their fun adventures in Japan.

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All of the out-of-town guests were impressed by the number of buttons found on a Japanese toilet.

My boss let me leave work early on Friday, the day before our wedding. I got my nails done, hung out with my family for a bit, and then raced to the hotel where Mr. G and I were going to stay for the wedding weekend. We decided to spend the weekend at a hotel near our venue rather than driving from home to cut down on stress about traffic and to be close to all of our OOT guests. It was a great decision and one I highly recommend. I had to race to the hotel in order to get ready for the rehearsal dinner we had planned that evening. Now this was not a traditional rehearsal dinner as there was technically nothing to rehearse beforehand since we decided to not have a ceremony in Japan, only a reception. We just called it the rehearsal dinner since it was the big dinner the night before the wedding.

I had been debating what to wear to the rehearsal dinner for quite some time. I initially thought about wearing a white dress, but had trouble finding one. I was looking through my Pinterest board one day and stumbled across some of my early wedding-dress inspiration: long, flowing tulle skirts.

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Images via Tutus Chic Boutique on etsy.com

It was difficult to find a top to go with these gorgeous skirts, so I gave up on the idea and bought by my wedding dress at David’s Bridal; however, I thought a variation of this skirt would be perfect for a rehearsal dinner. A short tulle skirt would be fun, flirty, and feminine. I Googled “tulle DIY skirt,” found an easy tutorial, and was quickly able to make one.

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It was a huge hit at the rehearsal dinner. What is even better, I was able to reuse it for Halloween.

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Kumamon and me on Halloween

Mr. G and I got ready for the rehearsal dinner and met everyone at a restaurant called Kyoto Ninja. It is a touristy theme restaurant where all the waiters and waitresses wear ninja costumes and perform magic tricks throughout the dinner. Mr. G and I figured a restaurant like this would be perfect for our guests. It has English menus, tourist-friendly Japanese food, and lots of photo-worthy moments.

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The waitstaff at Kyoto Ninja

Before we had dinner Mr. G gave a speech to thank everyone for being there, and he and I both got a little choked up. Friends and family from all over the globe had come to Kyoto to celebrate our marriage. I couldn’t believe so many people would go through all that trouble—long flights, long drives—just to see us. I was truly touched. Mr. G finished his toast and we all chowed down on some sukiyaki and sushi.

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Mr. G’s dad stirring some sukiyaki. Pardon the blurriness.

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Group photo of everyone at dinner

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My friends heard I never had a bachelorette party and presented me with a bachelorette sash and crown.

After dinner was finished, Mr. G and his friends left to get more drinks and had a mini stag night. I headed back to the hotel and immediately crashed at about 10:00 PM. I think I’d slept about 10 hours the week before the wedding and my body was ready for some much needed sleep. Mr. G came in an hour later, but I didn’t even hear him come in.

The next day we woke up and it was our wedding day!

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Mrs. Gondola

Location:
Kyoto
Wedding Date:
December 1969
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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 7:40 am

    That restaurant definitely sounds like fun!

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:00 am

    You looked so adorable at your dinner! :)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:13 am

    I love your rehearsal dinner outfit! And, yay for recaps!

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    taramay_ 610 posts, Busy bee @ 9:15 am

    Yay for your recaps! I’ve been a longtime lurker of the ‘Bee and just made an account recently. I’m looking forward to both your wedding recaps the most!

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    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:17 am

    I love that skirt! :)

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:22 am

    Mr. B and I celebrated my first birthday together at a ninja restaurant in Akasaka in Tokyo.. ah, memories!

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    missgoldfish 450 posts, Helper bee @ 10:09 am

    I love your tulle skirt! So cute!

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    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 10:12 am

    This is all so cool! And that skirt?! Way to rock it!

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    msfilly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 4:07 pm

    I LOVE THAT TULLE SKIRT. I literally just pulled up that tutorial and I’m going to Joann’s this weekend. This is going to be life-changing.

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:17 pm

    @Mrs. Road Trip: It is! They perform all these crazy magic tricks too.
    @Mrs. Campfire: Thank you!
    @Mrs. Pony: Thank you! I’m so excited to start my recaps.
    @TaraMay_:Oh, thank you so much. I can’t wait to share the weddings with everyone.
    @Miss Wellies: Thank you! @Mrs. Bracelet: That sounds like fun! I love ninja stuff.
    @MissGoldFish: Thank you! It was so easy to make.
    @Mrs. Bicycle: Thank you. It was fun wearing it!
    @Miss Filly: It’s really easy. Just make sure you get spools of tulle so you dont have to cut it down width-wise.

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 6:09 am

    That toilet is out of control. Also, you look adorable in a tutu!

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:28 am

    What does the music note do? Do the toilets play music while you’re going to the bathroom? I need more info on these toilets! But yay for recaps, and I love your funky take on the tutu.

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:42 am

    @Mrs. Waterfall:
    The music button is a button that will either play the sound of rushing water or a tune– usually “When the Saints Go Marching In. “. It’s to cover the sound of bathroom noises. So different, right?

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