(Closed) Korean Wedding Gifts Help

posted 4 years ago in East Asian
Post # 2
38 posts
  • Wedding: January 2016

baniibride:  I’m assuming your fiance is Korean or Korean-Canadian? Why doesn’t he just ask his parents or another family member what the traditional gifts are or what they’re expecting?

My fiance is Korean and I am not, and his mom doesn’t speak English at all, but luckily for me, his parents aren’t expecting us to follow any particular traditions aside from church ones (although we are anyway) and mostly just want us to spend our money wisely. His parents are planning to bring gifts for my family when they come to America for the wedding, but nothing extravagant, just something kind of nice and Korean-y (e.g., celadon pottery or something). I lived in Korea for many years and I know there are a lot of gifts that are often given in Korean weddings/leading up to them, such as watches, but mostly it’s stuff like the groom/his parents buy the couple’s home while the bride/her parents buy all the furniture and appliances to go in it. I’m sure there’s lots I don’t know, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of any food gifts being given (aside from like tossing nuts into the apron of the bride as a sign of fertility). (I also found this thread that you might have already found, but it also doesn’t mention food gifts http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/korean-american-wedding-help/ )

Anyway it sucks that you have to deal with family members who aren’t getting along very well or being that clear in what they’re expecting 🙁 I hope you can find a way to open up a line of communication.

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