In Korea, the marriage was often called Taerye (Great Ritual), and people from all over participated. The families considered many factors in the decision, consuting with fortune tellers for predictions about the couple’s future life together. During the Chosun period, people married in their early teens, with the girl often being several years older than the boy.
Groom’s procession The groom usually traveled to the house of the bride for the ceremony, then stayed there for 3 days. The traditional Korean wedding is held at the bride’s family home. Vows are taken in a ceremony called kunbere: Bride and groom bow to each other and seal their vow by sipping a special wine poured into a gourd grown by the bride’s mother. Korean wedding banquets can be very simple: noodle soup is the only required dish.
Korean Wedding Traditions
A few Korean wedding traditions commonly practiced rituals that are meaningful. Traditionally, Korean betrothal gifts were brought to the bride’s home by a band of the groom’s closest friends. The gifts were placed in a box called a hahm. The group, dressed in costume with blackened faces, would arrive singing at the bride’s family home. “Hahm for sale, hahm for sale!” The bride’s family offer money to the group until at last the hahm was delivered.
Although Koreans have kept several aspects of the traditional ceremony, most modern ceremonies resemble Western marriage ceremonies more than traditional Korean ones. However, many folk villages and museums across the country regularly perform ceremonies to keep the traditions alive.