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The sound of Japanese wedding bells is ringing in profits for Las Vegas, where the number of Japanese couples getting married has steadily increased since 1994. One reason: cost. The city's average room rate is $73 (less than half that of comparable hotels in Los Angeles and Hawaii), and cheaper vacation packages have been available since direct flights from Narita launched in October. A typical $500 Vegas-style wedding package includes the "I do"s, flowers, photos, video, cake and organist (Elvis lookalike extra)--making it cheaper to bring the entire wedding party for a Vegas vacation than to pay upward of $50,000 for an elaborate traditional ceremony and banquet at home. Budget-conscious young couples are also opting for jimikon, or cheaper weddings, in Japan, where smaller ceremonies at a restaurant or one-stop wedding shop are increasing in popularity.






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February 15, 1999

Trend Spotting
The sound of Japanese wedding bells is ringing in profits for Las Vegas


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The legal requirements in a number of favorite marriage spots, including Bali, Fiji, Thailand and Nevada


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The Knot, a popular online pre-wedding pitstop, has released its list of nuptial trends for 1999


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Want to make your wedding truly unforgettable? Consider Turtle Island, winner of two PATA gold awards


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What is your idea of the perfect wedding?


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Those desiring ceremonial grandeur and a sense of Asian ambiance might opt to precede a walk down the aisle with a trip to the airport



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