Post # 1
Does anyone know where to get a Korean wedding goose? My fiance wants to give one to my Mom for the wedding (as in keeping with the Korean tradition – I am Korean-American and he is Western American).
I see lots of lovely colorfully wood-carved ducks, but can he give a duck? Or must it be a goose? And what does the goose look like?
Appreciate any guidance (particularly from on-line shopping sites) for where I can source this ‘goose.’
Post # 3
I am not Korean, but hey, anyone can become a cultural expert with the help of Google, right? According to my readings, a duck is not a substitute for a goose. If you want to get technical, your mother should be receiving a live goose. This site sells wooden geese. The photos I am pulling up make me think the goose should be fairly plain, not overly decorated. Hope that helps!
Post # 4
Thanks Niki – that is exactly what I am looking for!
Post # 5
I agree w/ Niki. You’re supposed to give a live goose. No one does this anymore though, at least I don’t think so. As for the wooden wedding geese, I’m pretty sure that’s a gift for the bride & groom, not parents.
Post # 6
If you look on line many of the traditional weddings (e.g. in Seoul) still give away the goose (wooden, supposedly the carver is only supposed to produce one in his lifetime).
The ducks are indeed a gift for the bride and groom to keep in the house. You can position them to reflect how/not harmonious the couple is at any given time.
Pretty cool to learn about these traditions…