Saturday, January 15, 2011

My 1st (Korean) Wedding

At last, I've attended a Korean wedding! Some similarities, lots of differences.

  • the bride wears white
  • the couple exchanges vows
  • no bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls, etc.
  • while there is a cake, it's wheeled out right after the couple is pronounced husband and wife; they cut it there at the front, then it's gone (!)
  • lots of bowing -to the bride's parents, groom's parents, and then to all the guests
  • as the couple exits, guests release party poppers -like the kind from New Year's Eve
  • no gifts; instead, you bring money and check in (pay) at the front, whereupon you receive a meal ticket
  • the wedding takes place in a wedding hall which is run like clockwork -the hall hosts loads of weddings every weekend, so it's hurry in, hurry out
  • the post-ceremony meal is held in a large reception area where you'll encounter attendees from weddings held previously that day
  • no speeches, no dancing -just eat and go
All in all, a fascinating experience!

Incidentally, I am happy to report that this particular couple is very much in love and committed to serving the Lord. It was an honor to participate in their special day.


  1. You're lucky as I can tell it is one of the "better" ones. They usually feed the guests with either noodle soup or rice & soup, with just kimchi and some rice cakes. Fruits and galbi stew is absolutely luxury menu items.

  2. that was most interesting jen! i was invited to mary mustard's sister's vietnamese wedding and it was quite spectacular with several wedding outfits worn by the bride and groom throughout the evening. thanks for sharing sweet girl. love you! aunt nan