In the past, classic Korean marriage ceremonies were much more elaborate and involved a lot of time. The ceremony is a special occasion where a couple pays regard to their parents and ancestors. They furthermore seek blessings for their future along. Nowadays, however, modern Korean marriages have been simplified so that guests can maintain their lives smoothly after the event. While still retaining the essence of significant rites, modern newlyweds have also added their own details.

In modern weddings, the bride and groom wear hanbok ( traditional Korean clothes ) instead of white dresses and suits or tuxedos. The wife usually wears a glowingly shaded hanbok with lengthy flowing garments and males wear a gloomy blue or dark hanbok with unfastened trousers.

A key aspect of the festival is a duck(kireogi) which represents faithfulness and devotion. It is typically a live bean goose but nowadays it is more usually a wooden one. The goose is passed around from host to visitor and bowed to. It is a symbolic movement as geese are known for their long life and fidelity to their partners.

Another critical moment is paebaek. This is a service in which the bride and groom give value to their families by offering them teas hye singles. They also offer jujubes and chestnuts which symbolize sons and daughters. The number of guests can be very significant for this ceremony and in the history it was only the vicar’s relatives who participated but now the bride’s families are usually invited also.