That’s Amore: Let’s Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Japanese wedding receptions are two and half hour sit-down meals. Our guests were treated to beer, wine, sake, and cocktails as well as a five-course meal which consisted of a caprese salad, soup, Japanese lobster, the main entree, which was a choice of steak or fish, and dessert. I wasn’t able to take photos of the food at the wedding, but here are a few from our tasting meeting a few months prior.


The edamame (soy bean) soup with seafood topping / Personal photo


Lobster in balsamic vinegar sauce / Personal photo


In addition to our cake the guests also received a strawberry tart. / Personal photo

Unlike many Western wedding receptions, there is no dancing and no DJ, so what do you do to keep your guests entertained and engaged?

Besides providing lots of food and drink, we took lots of pictures with our guests.


We stopped by every table to take photos with all of our guests. There are those heart hands again!



We posed with guests who wanted to take pictures with us in front of our backdrop.

Many couples have their friends do a presentation of some sort, which may involve a song or a slideshow. At our reception we had two presentations. One was a subtitled video message from my family.


Guests watching the video message from my family

I’d seen the video earlier since I had to write the Japanese subtitles, but it was very sweet watching the video again and hearing all of the sweet messages from those who couldn’t make it to the Japanese wedding, such as two of my brothers and my father. My dad embarrassed me in the video and told this story:

“When Ms. Gondola was a child she one day came to me and said ”˜Daddy, I ain’t got no clean underwear.’ Wanting to correct her I said, ”˜No, it’s “I don’t have any clean underwear.” She replied ”˜What, Daddy? You ain’t got no clean underwear too?!’”

Why did my dad have to talk about my lack of clean underwear as a child on my wedding day?!

The other presentation was from two of my coworkers who did a very sweet presentation with a slideshow about me.


My two co-workers and their slideshow—I teared up a bit.

Mr. G and I also showed a slideshow about the two of us growing up, meeting each other, and falling in love.


A shot from our slideshow—it says that when I was young I wanted to be a veterinarian.

Are there any brides out there who had or are planning a no-dance reception? What will you do to keep your guests entertained?

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Photography by Teppei Kawakami

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Mrs. Gondola

Wedding Date:
December 1969
Falling for You: I Think I Wanna Marry You
Classifieds: January 28, 2014
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  1. wellies Member
    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:03 pm

    Such sweet slideshows! :)

  2. msbicycle Member
    msbicycle 718 posts, Busy bee @ 1:25 pm

    Dang, I can’t get over how gorgeous you are in that blue dress!!

  3. msfilly Member
    Mrs. Filly 65 posts, Worker bee @ 2:51 pm

    I loooove your menu choices! And your dad is too funny – I’m sure mine will go out of his way to embarrass me at our reception. That’s what dads do best, right?

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    bebelicious1 1891 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:58 pm

    Haha, your Dad is cute! I like your reception. I think it is a good idea to keep folks entertained if there is no dancing. I plan to tear up the dance floor at mine, though…

  5. roadtrip Member
    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 5:41 am

    That soup looks divine!

    We just depended on the flow of conversation for our no-dance reception: worked out pretty well!

  6. mspalmtree Member
    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:06 pm

    Haha, I love that your dad talked about your undies! And so cute with the heart hands. . .I seriously did not know that was A Thing.

  7. phonebooth Member
    Mrs. Phone Booth 57 posts, Worker bee @ 8:11 pm

    First off, I’m pretty sure I need that strawberry tart right now. Secondly, I love that there was a way that you were able to include those not able to make the Japanese wedding.

  8. pyramid Member
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:03 am

    I love that your family was able to make a video even though they weren’t there – that’s so sweet. Even with the undie comment haha!

  9. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:59 am

    @Miss Wellies: Thank you!

    @Mrs. Bicycle: Awww. Thank you!

    @Miss Filly: It is what they do best. I hope your dad doesn’t embarrass you too much.

    @bebelicious1: I hope yours is tons of fun!

    @Mrs. Road Trip: I’m glad yours worked out well!

    @Mrs. Palm Tree: it’s such a Japanese thing, the heart hands. Between that and peace signs my hands were busy.

    @Miss Phone Booth: Thank you! I’ll try to fly the tart over to you;)

    @Miss Pyramid: it was really sweet! My mom also told an embarrassing story. Why do parents do that?! Haha

  10. mswaterfall Member
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:38 am

    The story about the undies had me cracking up, so cute! You look so gorgeous in that blue dress, it really hugs all your curves in the right places.

  11. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:01 am

    @Mrs. Waterfall: Thank you so much!

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