Weddings are majestic occasions that are blessed by the heavens and have the ability to truly mesmerize and enchant guests as the bride and the groom exchange their vows to unite as one. The preparation itself can be a very demanding task and it’s understandable that couples seek out wedding venues that help to provide an unforgettable experience. So, if you’re looking to separate yourself from the ordinary, Hotel Epinard Nasu will offer you a uniquely extraordinary wedding experience.
Hotel Epinard Nasu is situated in Tochigi Prefecture on Honshu Island and according to their website, access is a breeze with plenty of ways to get there. Visitors can travel by train (Tohoku Shinkansen) or by bus directly to Epinard Nasu from main Tokyo train stations like Tokyo Station, Shinjuku Station, Yokohama Station and Ikebukuro Station. There is also access from both Haneda and Narita Airports. The resort has a large-scale open-air bath which promises a relaxing experience and is fully equipped with a sauna, jacuzzi, and the famous “Hinoki”(Japanese Cyprus) hot bath. It also offers a wide range of local delicacies on their buffet-style menu prepared by quality chefs.
The hotel is also situated near Japan’s largest alpaca farm, Nasu Animal Kingdom. Recently, the hotel made a deal with the nearby zoo to rent out an alpaca for wedding ceremonies.
For those who aren’t familiar, an alpaca is a domesticated species of South American camelid and at a glance, it resembles a small llama. You may find yourself asking, why would I even consider renting one for a wedding? Well, some people believe that an alpaca is a symbol of peace, prosperity, and the service of love as they are also seen as an expression of Mother Earth. So, allowing one to help walk you down the aisle may attract even more love and success to your marriage. Plus, you also get a super cute and fluffy friend to join you on your special day! Also, as an added bonus, they’re very photogenic too!
The ceremony is performed in a simple but alluring chapel decorated by the hotel staff members. The bride and groom can then make their way down the aisle with an unusual twist. The alpaca is led by an experienced handler who ensures that it behaves accordingly and guests are advised to give the cute and furry animal some space as it has a tendency to spit. The dedicated alpaca trainer later handles the furry guest while wedding photographs are taken.
Hotel Epinard Nasu offers a special “Alpaca Wedding” package for only 488,000 yen (US $4,473). This already includes a wedding dress and tuxedo rental, a chapel wedding ceremony, a photo album, a night at the hotel and dinner. What more could you ask for? This package could just be what you need to make your special day the wedding of your dreams.
This is definitely something unique and extraordinary to include into your wedding plans! Animals don’t typically appear in Japanese wedding ceremonies so renting an alpaca will surely make it a day to remember for everyone!