- 3 years ago
I’m an American marrying a Korean. We live in Korea and will be hosting our wedding here. Our wedding will be a traditional one. Nowadays the vast majority of people have faux-western weddings at wedding halls or have church weddings. Most people have never even been to a real traditional wedding, so it’s quite the experience for everyone.
Our guests will be a mix of Koreans and foreigners (American, British, Canadian etc.). We want to invite all our guests who own traditional Korean clothes, called ‘hanbok,’ to wear them to the ceremony to add to the mood. Not everyone owns hanbok, and we certainly don’t want to impose. But we think it would be nice if people wore it if they have it.
So, my question is, what wording can I use on the wedding invitation to ask people to do this. Also, where on the invite should it go? We want it to be apparent that it’s only a “wear it if you want” kind of deal. The English version of our invitations is the pretty standard:
“RSVP not necessary”
(Note: the “RSVP not necessary” is because Korean weddings don’t generally require them; weddings here are less formal and there’s no arranged seating and food is buffe etc. Also, most of our English-speaking invitees won’t make it, anyways).
Should we write something like “Guests are invited to wear hanbok” or something else? Also, should it be capitalized and punctuated? (our wording for the rest of the invitation is pretty traditional, thus only basic capitalization and no punctuation).
Our invitation is a double-fold card, thus three panels. One panel is a map/transport info (standard on Korean invites), one panel is standard Korean invite, and the third is the standard American English invite.
Our immediate families will all be wearing hanbok during the ceremony (parents, siblings, siblings-in-law). My family will be getting them custom made when they first arrive in Korea a week before the ceremony.
In case you’re wondering, this is what a hanbok looks like, though there’s a ton of variation in cut, style, colors etc. http://www.thekoreaguide.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/min_hanbok_16.jpg