11) Korean Wedding!

One of my nine co-teachers celebrated her wedding last Sunday. I didn’t take many pictures because it seemed as though no one else had cameras out. While at the wedding I made a mental list of what I found to be interesting or different from American weddings:

1) The groom helps the bride pick out her wedding dress.

2) The couple has their wedding pictures taken before the actual day; they had their professional pictures on display. (This would take out a lot of the craziness that I’ve observed at American weddings)

3) The groom greets everyone coming into the building while the bride sits in the center of a room so people can say hello and take pictures with her. This was awesome; I love this.

4) Hotel weddings are the most popular rather than churches. The entire ceremony lasts 30 minutes; the remaining two and a half hours are for eating. There is no dancing and weddings are most popular in the day time.

5) Giving money for a wedding is customary but not with cards. Apparently cards are only for funerals.

Pictures throughout their relationship and their wedding pictures.
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If you don’t give money as a gift, you can give flowers to the couple. (Reminds me of funerals more than something I would see at a wedding.)
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Or you can give rice because it is Korea after all.
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The mothers of the bride and groom walk down the aisle then bow to each other before the bride walks down the aisle.
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The couple read something together, I’m assuming maybe it was vows.
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While everyone goes to get food, the photographer calls up groups of people to take pictures with the couple.
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Click the links below to see :15 videos from the day
Her entire homeroom class attended the wedding. They sang and performed a song before giving her roses.

The groom also performed a song and dance with four of his friends but I told that was not traditional.

I am really happy I was invited to attend. It was interesting to see how other cultures celebrate (also the food was really, really delicious).

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