Toward the end of the reception it was time for Mr. G’s letter reading, which would be the climax of the wedding reception as our wedding planner and MC described it. In Japan, the bride usually reads a heartfelt letter to her parents, but Mr. G read the letter at our wedding since most of our guests only understood Japanese. Mr. G got up to the microphone and began his speech.
“Mom and Dad, I want to take this time to tell you things that I can’t usually say.” He then went on to thank his parents for all they had done for him and his sister—encouraging them through school, taking them on trips, and for all their hard work. He also mentioned how difficult it must have been to move to America and yet still make a great life for him and his sister. He ended it by apologizing for all the trouble he had put his family through during his teenage years (Mr. G was a wild child back in the day).
Mr. G’s sister cried a bit, too.
As Mr. G said his speech, I couldn’t help but get a little choked up by his heartfelt speech, but I also felt kind of awkward standing up there holding the microphone so I started looking around the room. A few guests were crying a bit, touched by Mr. G’s letter. I looked up to take a glance at Mr. G’s mother to see if she was crying, but she was just smiling placidly. I then looked over at Mr. G’s father and was shocked. He was bawling. His shoulders were shaking and he was gulping down tears. I couldn’t believe it. Mr. G’s father is a very conservative, unemotional type of man and he was sobbing!
Mr. G’s Dad right before he started to cry.
I’m so glad that we decided for Mr. G to read the letter. Mr. G’s family is not a very “let’s share every emotion we have” kind of family. They tend to show their love by gift giving or doing favors rather than verbally saying something. I think having Mr. G just say everything he’d had in his heart was a big emotional moment for his family. It was beautiful to see!
After the letter reading it was time for Mr. G’s father to say a speech. He was so embarrassed by his crying that he initially refused to get up and say anything, but in the end he made a very formal speech thanking everyone for being there and to please watch over me and Mr. G.
He then called up my mother and step mother (Japanese wedding receptions always end with both sets of parents thanking the guests for coming and bowing). We all bowed and it was time for us to exit the reception and start the receiving line!
My moms were so nervous about bowing. “How low should we bow? How long?” I told them just to wing it and they did great! Personal Photo
Have you ever been to a wedding with a very emotional speech? Did anyone cry?
Photography by Teppei Kawakami
Miss a recap?
- We have our rehearsal dinner,.
- We set up the venue,
- We do our first look and family photos.
- The sushi at cocktail hour was great.
- We blatantly copy the internet.
- Our boss gives a speech.
- We say Kampai!
- We cut the cake.
- A quick guide to Japanese wedding receptions.
- My bouquet toss was an epic fail.
- I change my dress.