These weddings are often considered a beautiful amalgam of different traditions. Korean weddings are significantly inclined towards western customs, but the whole combination of Korean and western culture is just fantastic! The celebrations usually begin several days before the wedding.
Goose exchanging ceremony
This ceremony is a unique event limited to Korean weddings only. During the ceremony, usually, a wooden goose is given instead of traditional kireogi to the groom. The groom is then asked to present this goose to his mother-in-law by bowing twice before her. The geese have a characteristic of mating for life, so offering this to mother-in-law is considered a symbol of dignity and harmony and promise the groom makes with his mother-in-law to give the love life and affection to her daughter.
The families of the couple invite a number of their close relatives to attend the ceremony. Korean bride and groom are seen wandering around their wedding destination to welcome their special ones. Before the start of the actual ceremony, photos of the couple are taken to relive their memories whenever they want.
Korean wedding dresses
A tr Hanbok is weaved on a lightweight, fine quality material with simple lines, bright tints and, devoid of pockets. The Korean bride wears Pink-Purple colored hanbok and, the groom wears blue color. Like the two colors in the center of the Korean flag symbolize the balance between complementary identities. The bride’s mother usually wears soothing hues like pink, orange, and purple, whereas the groom’s mother wears cool shades like blue, gray and, green. Other members of both families sometimes wear hanbok, but they are seen as biased towards modern dresses. These colorful scenes are efficiently captured behind the lenses.
Korean wedding ceremony
At the start of the ceremony, vows are taken by the couple as a symbol of integrity and love. After the couple ends up speaking vows, they seal them off by bowing and sipping wine from a gourd gown given by the bride’s mother. This ceremony is short and lasts for half an hour.
Korean wedding dishes
A traditional and mouthwatering meal is catered to all the guests. The traditional Korean dishes include bulgogi, galbi and, a wide variety of kimchi assembled with different species. Every Korean meal must consist of rice and soup as its mains. The soup is called Guksu which, is precisely similar to Eun Jeong’s special Janchi Guksu.
Korean wedding dances
There is no specific traditional Korean wedding dance. But sometimes, the Korean couples practice the Seungmu dance, a traditional Korean dance, at their weddings. This dance was originally danced by Korean monks and is designated the most famous South Korean dance style.
Korean wedding gifts
The main requirement for attending Korean weddings is to come up with a white envelope containing money. All the guests bring a clean, brisk, white envelope with the amount of money depending upon the relationship with the bride and groom. The groom’s family is supposed to purchase a house for the new couple and, the bride’s family furnishes the house. This step aims to make the individuals financially stable and independent, and many of the Korean grooms have already bought houses before their weddings.
Korean wedding rings
A pure traditional Korean wedding is devoid of the ring exchanging ceremony. But some young Koreans are biasing towards this tradition. These young ones are also opting for white dresses and tuxes rather than their traditional hanbok.
The Pyebaek tradition
This custom emphasizes the importance of family in Korean weddings. In this pyebaek ceremony, the new couple visits the grom’s family home and presents them with many dates and chestnuts. These dates and chestnuts are a sign of the bride’s fertility and maturity. In return, the groom’s parents serve them sake. Towards the end of this ceremony, the groom’s parents flip the dates and chestnuts at the bride, and she tries her best to catch them in her wide, traditional Korean skirt. The number of dates she collects indicates the number of children she will have in the future.