(Closed) How to incorporate Korean traditions into an American wedding? HELP!

posted 6 years ago in East Asian
Post # 3
46677 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Instead of throwing the dates and chestnuts, could you incorporate them into the menu or use them in favors.

Chestnuts are beautiful to look at. Can you incorporate them into your decor?

see the chestnuts?

you could use them as escort cards




Post # 5
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You could do the geese thing as a part of your ceremony (groom gives his Mother-In-Law a carved goose or pair of geese to symbolize his vow of fidelity to his future wife). Or share sips from a cup in lieu of a unity candle or pouring sand or whatever people do nowadays. 

Post # 6
78 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m half-Korean as is my fiance. His side of the family in Korea purchased a pair of wedding ducks/geese for us, which we plan to display at the reception. I think it’s a great conversation starter because heck, why are there geese there? lol

We didn’t necessarily incorporate this in our wedding, but rather our engagement photos. His extended family in Korea also purchased traditional Korean attire for us. They were fantastic and photographer was great. 

Also, have you asked your mother (or whoever is Korean–your dad?) if they didn’t mind wearing a Korean dress? Fortunately, my mother had one from my brother’s wedding almost 4 years ago, so she’s simply rewearing that one.

Post # 7
40 posts
  • Wedding: November 2015

Wow! I’ve been to a non-traditional Korean beach wedding the other week in PH and the groom was Korean, i was specially enthralled with the branch centerpieces which were decorated with crystal beads and ball ornaments, like this:

It was totally amazing.

Post # 8
31 posts
  • Wedding: November 2013

You could also incorporate flowers that have traditional meaning such as peonies or lotus flowers. 

You could also incorporate some of the “games” during paebaek such as splitting of the date (but with some other fruit with a seed or something in the center). It is said whoever gets the seed wears the pants in the relationship! A piggy back ride would also be fun! 

Post # 9
10 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

@jules1949 – I love the chestnut idea!! I am so going to use this as my decor is similar to the pic you posted.

Like najordan89 my mom is wearing a hanbok and we are incorporating the geese onto our cake display. I also have soju (korean alcohol) incorporated into our signature cocktail.

Post # 10
180 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@sleepybug23: I’m a Korean too. My mom is going to wear a hanbok, but not myself – I thought about wearing at the reception, but uh. I decided not to.

Adding to chesnuts, jujube is another thing that people throw at the wedding. I forget which is which but they mean beautiful boys and girls. And jujubes will add some more colors as well.

Korean traditional color for wedding is blue and red. http://file2.wef.co.kr/2006/02/15/jackie05_2006_02_15_03.JPG This is supposed to be a symbol of wedding. I think you can incorporate this image.

I’m also thinking about getting korean wedding cake, but I’m not sure if it’s possible… Speaking about cake, http://www.xoedge.com/ImageStage/Objects/0003/0038782/large_image.jpg Isn’t this cute?

Post # 11
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I am also half Korean, and I am wearing a hanbok as a reception dress.  It was really inexpensive to get made and shipped, and the quality is amazing.  I’ll wear the traditional jacket at 1st, then take it off for the dance party!  I know you mentioned not necessarily wanting to do that, but have a look at some of the modern styles…it may change your mind.  🙂


Also, a couple of years ago, my sister got married, and as a few of the above posters mentioned, they had wooden ducks to represent harmony within the household and between the couple.  

Soju and Makgoeli are nice go-to alcohols.


Good luck! 🙂

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