I haven't been to lots of weddings, but Korean weddings are the most informal wedding ceremonies I have ever heard of. When I think of weddings I think of big, beautiful, sentimental ceremonies, which is opposite from Korean weddings. Korean weddings are typically in a big event halls with other ceremonies going on at the same time. They are about 30 mins long including pictures then you eat and go home. Strange right?
Typically as a guest you are supposed to give a monetary gift. Depending how close you are to the person the amount ranges from 30k to about 100k. Korean weddings usually have two ceremonies as well; one tradition and one western. Unfortunately we were only able to see the western ceremony, but I would have preferred to see the traditional ceremony. Traditionally, the bride wears Hanbok and the groom wears Gwanbok.
They start with a ceremony in a big room for about 30 minutes. The room actually looks like a place where you hold the reception, but they don't have receptions here. During the ceremony they leave the doors to the hallway open so you have random people watching your wedding. Also, people are VERY noisy! I couldn't even hear what was being said even though it wasn't English. It was not what I expected, I felt so bad because people were noisy and not even paying attention to the bride and groom. After they say the "I dos" it photo time. The couple takes their walk down the catwalk so that people can take their pictures. After that it's photos with family, friends and co-workers. Friends and co-workers take pictures all together. There were about 50 people in that one.
After the pictures we headed to the dining room. I guess you would call this the reception since we are eating and socializing. We had a whole bunch of small dishes like kimchi, squid, sashimi, shrimp, jellyfish and some other good dishes. After that that we just go home. In total the wedding was about an hour and a half!
This was the couples car outside. It's so cute with the balloons.
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