From Japan Today, 3/3/09
"Photo only" weddings become trendy
Couples in Japan have been scaling back their weddings recently, and many prefer simply dressing up, going to a photo studio and taking commemorative photos, inviting no guests to their self-styled "wedding."
The trend comes at a time when more couples, including celebrities, are choosing to hold a less costly wedding, a marriage style called "jimi kon" (no-frills wedding), or holding none, "nashi kon" (no wedding), due mainly to Japan’s economic downturn.
One day in February, a man in a gray suit and a woman wearing a wedding dress and holding a bouquet posed for a photographer at a studio of Watabe Wedding Corp in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward.
The man in his 40s said, "This is only for ourselves. This is our style." He also said they chose the style as they did not want to beat their brains out about whom they should invite to a wedding or party.
Another important use for photography... memorializing a non-event.