Post # 1
Hello fellow bees,
I have been wracking my brain on how to incorporporate Korean wedding traditions on my wedding day. I am 1/2 Korean and thought that it would be kinda nice to incorporate some traditions on my wedding day. I know I could do the paebek but I don’t want to do all of that nor will my fiancé be thrilled with that idea. Also, I am having a destination wedding and am not going to rent a Hanbok or anything like that. Has anyone added Korean wedding traditions into their wedding without the use of the traditional wedding garb? Any thoughts would be much appreciated!!!
Post # 3
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 # 4
Thank you for your reply! I really appreciate it! Has anyone seen the throwing of the chestnuts but not wearing the traditional hanbok?
Post # 5
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
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
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
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
@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
@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
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! 🙂