Since we don’t hear too much about our co-teachers lives, we were a little surprised when Moon told us about two months ago that she was getting married. We had gathered she had been dating a guy for a year, but we weren’t sure when, or if, they would get married. Today, we tried to familiarize ourselves with her new groom, but our teachers couldn’t help us with any info. I mean nothing. My first (and last) question was “So what is Moon’s husband-to-be’s name?” No one could tell us.
The wedding really seemed to encompass modern Korean culture. For example, the venue was similar to a convention center back home. The weddings in these things were like business meetings that started and ended at specified times. Before and after these meetings there were other meetings, and you better be out so the other meeting can start on time. People were packed into this three story building going to various weddings. Brides walked around in 5 inch heels, women dressed like flight stewardesses performed various duties in and outside of the ceremonies and Koreans bumped into Koreans trying to get to or from a ceremony.
The ceremony had flashes of formality. The mothers wore the traditional dress (hanboks) the fathers wore nice suits and no one smiled. After the couple married, they bowed to both sets of parents who sat in chairs just behind the bride and groom. We clapped. Then there was the girl responsible for the bride’s train. She wore cut-up jeans and a hooded sweat shirt and looked highly annoyed to be working on Saturday. Then the stewardesses came in carrying trumpets. The bride and groom faced us walked down the aisle, I looked at the trumpets waiting for them to blow them out like they do during royal weddings. Instead long strands of purple streamers and confetti shot straight down the aisle at the bride and groom. Somewhere a bubble machine was working overtime. It was a sight to behold.
Then came the pictures. A photographer that thought he was funny. “I think he talks too much,” Young Mi whispered to Lindsay as he barked out directions in his silver suit and big smile.
Then we gave our envelope of cash and got out as quickly as we had come. This video isn’t from this wedding but it is a great example of what a Korean wedding and what old Korean women are like. Enjoy: