South Korea: Sae & Hana's Korean Wedding

Chuncheon Travel Blog

 › entry 4 of 12 › view all entries
Chun'Cheon: more Winter Sonata

    The wedding day had arrived! We woke up early to have breakfast. Sae's mom was craving a bagel - her staple breakfast back in NYC. So what do we do? We headed to Dunkin Donuts where they sold bagels! We also had bagels - what can I say? It was the New Yorker in us. But Dunkin Donut in Korea has interesting selections, too. For one, they have different choices for cream cheese. The donut section also has green tea donuts and some very distinctly Asian flavors. We just had to try them! And they were delicious! Yum yum!
    After breakfast, we went to the salon to get our hair done. Sam, who already had her haircut the day before, just had her hair blowdried nicely and she left it down. With Sam's advice, she recommend that I should have my hair done nicely.

Chun'Cheon: outdoor mall
We found a style in the magazine that I liked. Sam liked the style as well, but because my hair was shorter than the model, and that my hair was so much thicker, the hairdresser had to alter the style a bit to match my hair length and volume. It turned out great, I think. Of course, they put so much hairpins and hair spray for it to hold. My head felt twice heavier and my hair was stiff from all the spray. All in all, I paid $20. Definitely cheaper than NYC where I usually pay $80 to just get my hair styled in that way - no wash, cut or dry - just the style! I was such a happy customer, I gave the lady who did my hair a tip - something not done in Korea. Even Sam told me not to give a tip because its not the custom but I felt so appreciative and I saw how much work it was for her to style my hair.
Chun'Cheon: all dress up for the wedding

    The mom and her friend had the traditional hair and make up appropriate for wearing hanbok so they took longer. While waiting for them, we went out to check out some stores. There weren't much stores open yet. It was only 930am, and I guess most stores open at 10am around here. I bought some phone accessories for friends. I also had photos taken of the Winter Sonata signs to show off to my bestfriend who was addicted to Korean dramas. She was supposed to go to this trip but bailed out at the last minutes despite all the promises she made. Boo!
    The wedding was not the usual wedding I expected it to be but it was fun in a conservatice way, especially when the new couple wore their hanbok and introduced themselves for the first time as a couple to their parents.
Chun'Cheon: view of the mountains on the way to the wedding

    The wedding was held in a small town 30mins away from Chun'Cheon where the bride's family lived. It was a Christian wedding with Korean traditions incorporated into the Mass such as the candle lighting by the mother of the bride and groom and the bowing of the bride and groom to their parents. The bride's gown was gorgeous despite the simplicity of it all as they were on a tight budget. There was no reception after the wedding, but instead, they booked a restaurant where you can eat before or after the ceremony. We ate beforehand and left after the ceremony back to Chun'Cheon.
    Apparently, my dress showed too much skin but because I’m a foreigner - they don't expect much from me. Also, my dress was too colorful. When I asked my friend when I was buying a dress if colors are okay, he said yes so I thought it was acceptable.
Chun'Cheon: Sae & Hana's wedding - mothers of the bride and groom
I guess I was wrong. Nicole Miller won't appreciate them dissing her dress that way! Oh well. Hahaha... and I was just about the only NON-Korean person in the whole wedding guests!
    After the formal introduction, blessing and tea ceremoney by the new husband and wife, we said our goodbyes and congratulated them. Sam and I teased them about their honeymoon, too! They were going to Cebu's Mactan Island for their honeymoon for a whole week! When we returned to Chun'Cheon, we changed back to our normal clothes and ate chicken BBQ (dakgalbi) for dinner on the famous Dakgalbi Street!
    We're off to Seoul the next day!

Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
ChunCheon: more Winter Sonata
Chun'Cheon: more Winter Sonata
ChunCheon: outdoor mall
Chun'Cheon: outdoor mall
ChunCheon: all dress up for the w…
Chun'Cheon: all dress up for the …
ChunCheon: view of the mountains …
Chun'Cheon: view of the mountains…
ChunCheon: Sae & Hanas wedding -…
Chun'Cheon: Sae & Hana's wedding …
ChunCheon: Sae & Hanas wedding
Chun'Cheon: Sae & Hana's wedding
ChunCheon: Sae & Hanas wedding
Chun'Cheon: Sae & Hana's wedding
ChunCheon: Sae & Hanas wedding
Chun'Cheon: Sae & Hana's wedding
ChunCheon: Sae & Hanas wedding -…
Chun'Cheon: Sae & Hana's wedding …
ChunCheon: Sae & Hanas wedding -…
Chun'Cheon: Sae & Hana's wedding …
ChunCheon: Sae & Hanas wedding -…
Chun'Cheon: Sae & Hana's wedding …
ChunCheon: Dakgalbi street signs
Chun'Cheon: Dakgalbi street signs
ChunCheon: chicken BBQ - dakgalbi…
Chun'Cheon: chicken BBQ - dakgalb…
ChunCheon: downtown Chuncheon
Chun'Cheon: downtown Chun'cheon
ChunCheon: downtown Chuncheon
Chun'Cheon: downtown Chun'cheon
Chuncheon
photo by: ellechic