(Closed) korean american wedding- pae-bak question

posted 6 years ago in East Asian
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’re going to have ours during the cocktail hour.  Right after the ceremony and the obligatory family pictures, we will be changing into our hanboks.  The MC who we hired to run the paebaek says that on average the whole ceremony takes about 30 minutes, and that’s the full ceremony with the dates/chestnuts tossing, the tea pouring, piggy back rides, etc.  We are leaving it up to our guests if they want to watch or not.  They are free to join us in the paebaek (nearby the main cocktail hour area), or explore the venue and eat/drink, etc.  Afterwards, we will quickly change back into our “western” wedding dress and make our grand entrance for the start of the reception.  Hope this helps! 

Post # 4
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Newbee

i think it depends what you want from the paebaek.  I’ve seen couples have it during cocktail hour or as part of a reception with people watching.  Personally, I’ve been to two weddings within the last month where cocktail hours went on forever and would have liked the shortened version of it.  

Traditionally (in Korea), paebaek is only for family members (the groom’s side) and I’ve seen a lot of brides here in the States wanting to keep it intimate within family members.  In these cases, they were done either after the rehersal dinner or the morning of the wedding, before all the pictures and changing into the wedding dress.  I’ve also seen it done the day after the wedding because family members usually stick around.

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