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Who Invited The Pigeons?

Who invited the pigeons?, in front of Notre Dame, Paris, France

Pseudo-wedding trips to Paris are a big tourism industry in Asia.  For many years, Japanese wedding tourism has been hot in Hawaii. Wander around Honolulu and you will come upon couples and their stylists and photographers in every scenic spot. Paris, or other romantic European cities, have now joined the wedding tourism boom. The market now includes couples from Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesian, Japan, and Malaysia, according to this recent article in Forbes. While Forbes describes the photo shoots a pre-wedding events, in some cases, couples may have already been through a civil ceremony at home or the wedding could be months off.  Japanese couples who are already married will often have a christian church “blessing” instead of an actual wedding ceremony. According to a 2007 article in The Telegraph:  Hawaii is still the number one overseas wedding destination for Japanese, but Europe is gaining ground, with around 20,000 marriage ceremonies last year.

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Wow! Wealthy families. The many ways small businesses suffer – don’t even need multinational corporations to do that.

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Not that they are fake, but that they aren’t the real wedding. Basically, they are romantic photo shots which include, in some cases, church blessings of the civil marriage. When I was in Honolulu two years ago, we saw a couple coming out of a church. A guide we had hired said sometimes the couple just pays to use a church for pictures. According to the guide, local businesses suffer because many Japanese couples now either bring or only hire Japanese photographers and stylists. It can be a very expensive event. The day I took this shot, it was about 45 degrees and the bride was trying not to shiver. 🙂

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