Danielle, I just found this article on Shinto wedding traditions. It may not be the most accurate since I am unfamiliar with all this, but it does give some interesting information -- including that they may exchange rings, which I didn't know.
2nd Photo album set from Mainichi news
#10: A Shinto-style wedding room where Japan's Princess Sayako married Tokyo government official Yoshiki Kuroda is seen at a Tokyo hotel in this handout photo released by Imperial Household Agency of Japan on November 15, 2005. Picture taken November 14, 2005.
#1-2,5-6: Larger photos of the press conference from Getty images
#3: TBS news
#4: Princess Sayako (R) and Yoshiyuki Kuroda smile during a news conference following their wedding ceremony at a Tokyo hotel November 15, 2005. Princess Sayako, 36, the only daughter of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, married urban planner Kuroda, 40, thus bidding farewell to her life as a privileged princess. The marriage means she will relinquish her title, swap the grandeur of the Imperial Palace for an ordinary apartment, and trade official duties for housework and the supermarket run. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Princess Sayako weds to live 'as member of Kuroda family'
Princes Sayako married Tokyo metropolitan government employee Yoshiki Kuroda on Tuesday after a year of traditional preparations and rites, giving up her imperial family member status to live ''as a member of the Kuroda family.''
The 36-year-old princess, popularly known as Princess Nori, became Sayako Kuroda, with Imperial Household Agency officials submitting a marriage registration document to a Tokyo ward office on behalf of the newlyweds. Imperial family members have no surnames.
She expressed her intention to live a new life as the couple met the press after their wedding ceremony at Tokyo's Imperial Hotel, which has no relationship to the royal family........ http://home.kyodo.co.jp/modules/fstS...storyid=213978
She looks cute for this ceremony.. i'm a bit sad because we didn't get to see any festive thing. It's a simply a low-key family ceremony.
I guess it's because she married a commoner, but considering this is the last time we'll see her as a princess, the least they can do is to have a festive ferewell... see her one last time in a tiara or some glitter...
btw. Will she still be called 'princess' upon marriage?
#2: Japanese Emperor Akihito (C) and Empress Michiko (L) arrive at the Imperial Hotel for Princess Sayako's wedding reception in Tokyo, 15 November 2005. (Getty images)
#1: Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito (R) and Crown Princess Masako (L) arrive at the Imperial Hotel for Princess Sayako's wedding reception in Tokyo, 15 November 2005.(Getty images)
#3: Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito (R) and Crown Princess Masako arrive at the Imperial Hotel for Princess Sayako's wedding reception in Tokyo November 15, 2005. Princess Sayako, the only daughter of Japan's Emperor Akihito, wed a commoner in a private ceremony at a Tokyo hotel on Tuesday, in the process abandoning her privileged status as a member of the imperial family.(Reuters)