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Dum Dum Dee Dum

I’ve been to a handful of weddings in Korea, but they all consisted of the same wedding hall style ceremony; you pay, sit down in a banquet style room, food is served (or if there is a buffet, food happens after pictures), bride and groom exchange their vows, a cannon-like thing goes off that shoots confetti, and everyone takes a picture.

My friends S & B had a much different, but more traditional ceremony and it was something a little like this:

1. A fancy fan dance happened. I was mesmerized.

2. B, the groom, walked down a tree-lined hill. I think this was to re-enact their courtship or something.

3. There was a fake rooster. This was to protect the couple from evil spirits.

4. Like in many things Koreans do, there was a lot of bowing. In this situation, the bowing represented the promise of commitment to one another.

5. I think there was alcohol. B said he got to drink. S, the bride, said she pretended to drink it. This was supposed to symbolize their harmony together.

6. The bride and groom both had attendants. I think this was to help them because their headpieces were massive and heavy. Also, I’m guessing it would be pretty difficult to do a lot of bowing in a hanbok.

7. After all was said and done, we gathered indoors and enjoyed a meal together — buffet-style.

And they lived happily ever after. The end.

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