South Korea —
Have you ever wondered what’s a wedding like in Korea? I’ve been to at least 10 Korean weddings for the past 2 years, fair enough to write down my almost keen observations. So, here they are:
Basically, the ceremony and reception are at the same venue but different floors. It takes place in a church, convention hall, hotel, or garden. It’s convenient and time-saving.
Guests are expected to dress in smart casual while married women family members wear hanbok (Korean tradition clothes).
There are two booths at the entrance, one for the groom and the other for the bride. Approach the desk from whom you got the invitation from. Guests are expected to give money (₩30,000 and up) and sign the guestbook before going in. The representative will then give meal ticket(s) after you’ve signed.
Go in and be seated. Usually, there are no assigned seats. Instead, pick a side, left for groom and right for bride because women are always right. No, just kidding!
Decors are always clean, simple and elegant since I haven’t been to a thematic wedding yet.
Unlike in western culture, the Korean wedding procession nor the entourage doesn’t include flower girls, bridesmaids, groomsmen and sponsors. Instead, only parents of the couple and the couple, of course, are in spotlight.
The ceremony may only take about less than an hour. Sometimes in between, the groom or friends of the couple give a performance number.
After the ceremony, another couple is scheduled for the next hour. Thus, guests should proceed to the dining hall immediately.
The meal may be a buffet or a la carte. Don’t expect for delicious and lavishing eats. Think of airplane or hospital food. But, there are still rare gems that serve exquisite meals.
The couple, then table-hops to greet guests and thank them for coming.
There aren’t any program or performances such as dancing or singing. Instead, a prenup photo slideshow is shown.
Some couples do cake cutting and wine toasting at the reception.
After the reception, a traditional Korean wedding in a secluded hanok-style room takes place if the couple opted to. But, it’s exclusive for the immediate family only.
Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.
So, can you picture out the whole Korean wedding process? It’s very quick and simple, right? However, the preparation is as challenging as any traditional wedding.
What are your thoughts? As for me, I love going to weddings and if given an opportunity, I’d like to witness weddings from all kinds of culture.