A couple of days ago, as I was wandering around Central Park enjoying the near perfect weather, I noticed at least seven Japanese couples having their photographs taken in full wedding attire at a variety of Central Park landmarks. I talked with one of the photographers, and he told me that a traditional Japanese wedding in Japan often costs around $100,000. However, if the couple comes to the USA, the cost is usually around $15,000, including air fare and hotel accommodations for 1-3 days.
In Japan, a wedding involves expensive wedding gowns (not just one), a traditional ritual, and a big wedding reception attended by hundreds of guests. By marrying abroad, the honeymoon can be combined with the ceremony, and the number of guests reduced. More and more Japanese couples are taking advantage of these special wedding packages abroad. It's a win-win for everybody, including the American economy.