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Incorporating Korean style into the wedding

Hii I am the bride and the one who is Korean and I was hoping to incorporate Korean traditions and outfits into my wedding.
I was wandering if I could wear something other than the wedding dress for the reception. I know that in the American or the European tradition is that the bride and groom wear their wedding dress and tux to the reception but in Korea they wear usually the korean traditional outfits for the reception.
Do you think it might work?

Please let me know what other ways I can incorporate Korean traditons too :))

Sarah~

Re: Incorporating Korean style into the wedding

  • edited December 2011
    i've seen a hanbok adapted to a strapless white wedding gown. Unfortunately i dont remember the designer. I think going traditional for the reception would be great and unique.
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    My fiance and I wore the traditional hanboks for the last 20 minutes of the reception.  it was nice because it was just a nice end of the night event and everyone loved it!

  • edited December 2011
    I think if we do a Pae Baek ceremony we're going to do it on the rehearsal dinner night. I was going to try and work in some cranes into the decor of the reception, like with an overlay on the table or something.
  • alainn15alainn15 member
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    edited December 2011
    My Fiance is Korean. His mother recently returned from a trip to South Korea and brought us both back a Hanbok. Mine is red and yellow and his is pink and purple. First off, he looks silly in pink and purple, and I HATE pink. Mine is pretty, but it doesn't fit over my chest. We plan on wearing these at some point during the reception, but have no idea when to do so. We want to honor his mother by wearing them, but they really don't fit our wedding style at all. It is very hard to incorporate American and Korean styles into a wedding. As if a wedding isn't stressful enough to plan, it almost feels like you are planning two.
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/cultural-wedding-boards_asian-weddings_incorporating-korean-style-wedding?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Cultural%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:663Discussion:0f3b11ba-404a-4c98-a29c-947b94d53df8Post:1ef9873f-5418-41ea-9b6b-3c11e9289333">Re: Incorporating Korean style into the wedding</a>:
    [QUOTE]My Fiance is Korean. His mother recently returned from a trip to South Korea and brought us both back a Hanbok. Mine is red and yellow and his is pink and purple. First off, he looks silly in pink and purple, and I HATE pink. Mine is pretty, but it doesn't fit over my chest. We plan on wearing these at some point during the reception, but have no idea when to do so. We want to honor his mother by wearing them, but they really don't fit our wedding style at all. It is very hard to incorporate American and Korean styles into a wedding. As if a wedding isn't stressful enough to plan, it almost feels like you are planning two.
    Posted by alainn15[/QUOTE]

    <div>The American and Korean parts don't have to "match," per se.  The colors can be totally different and obviously the feel will be entirely different because it's two completely different traditions.  For example, for my tea ceremony, I had to use pink because that's the traditional color for engagement.  I don't really like pink.  And my wedding color is mostly blue and green tones!  But it worked perfectly fine.</div><div>
    </div><div>I also understand the stress about planning two weddings.  My tea ceremony cost as much as some people's weddings, plus, FI and I are in grad school and planning for it really distracted our studies.  But try to persevere.  Know that doing the Korean traditions will honor your families a lot.  It is worth it.</div>
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    edited December 2011
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/cultural-wedding-boards_asian-weddings_incorporating-korean-style-wedding?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Cultural%20Wedding%20BoardsForum:663Discussion:0f3b11ba-404a-4c98-a29c-947b94d53df8Post:b10106c0-8713-476c-ab1f-397557d66544">Re: Incorporating Korean style into the wedding</a>:
    [QUOTE]My fiance is Korean as well and we are also trying to honor his family's culture by incorporating some Korean tradition into our wedding.  We are thinking about wearing the Hanbok during the cocktail hour/dinner part of the reception.  <strong>The only hard part about that is that we will have to change twice which can be a bit of hassle. </strong> We figure we will change between the church and the reception and then after dinner before the dancing/cake part of the evening.  However, any suggestions anyone else has about this would be great.  We will also be doing some Korean food in our buffet for dinner.  Our reception venue has agreed to let us also use a Korean caterer along with theirs.  We are also doing bilingual invitations/programs.
    Posted by wirfelm[/QUOTE]

    <div>Being an Asian bride means being a multi-dress bride.  I have 4-5 dresses and so does my mom!  It's normal.  It's not too bad as long as you assign a friend to help store your dresses after you're done with them.</div>
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  • edited December 2011
    OP here :)
    thanks for all the responses!
    I am thinking of making my own traditional dress (it won't be entirely traditional - i plan to make it modern looking. they call it fusion hanbok dress)  :) i know it will be hard but i love doing stuff like that and found websites that can ship korean fabrics from korea to here! so exciting! My FI and I are thinking of changing to traditional outfits for the reception. does that sound good? or should i change in the middle? 
    to Meghangh, I understand :) when you are getting a hanbok, you have to be there to be measured so they can make one your size. So since your mother in law brought it with her prob without measuring much, i understand it not fitting you. I like pink hehe. 
    my FI is a grad student and man he is soooooo busy! We only have like once a week to actually do stuff for the wedding. All i hope is that we don't get too behind on planning.

  • MaggieandJakeMaggieandJake member
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    edited December 2011
    I'm Korean and i'm trying to incorporate some little traditions here and there. 

    At our guest book table we're going to have our wooden wedding ducks and my Korean bride and groom doll.  Also, I am making paper cranes for our escort/table assignment cards with the guest name on one wing and table number on the other.  I *might* wear my summer hanbok to the rehearsal.
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    My fiance is Korean. He was basically raised Canadian, his parents aren't pushing us to really incorporate anything, but we knew secretly the Korean ceremony was important to them. We are planning a shortened version in between the ceremony and reception. I know all my family and friends are really interested in seeing the traditional outfits. Change in to the Korean outfits and then put our ceremony garb back on for the rest of the evening. That's pretty much all we are incorporating. It should still be very fun for everyone :)
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    edited December 2011
    One other thing I've decided recently is that my bridal procession in the ceremony will be to a solo cello playing "Arirang".  Being a violinist who has played A LOT of traditional wedding music, I swore to myself, that my ceremony music would be anything but traditional.

    It took me a while to figure out what I wanted for my entrance, but then I came to the realization that Arirang is the perfect way to be non-traditional with music AND incorporate part of my Korean heritage (even if it's not a Korean Tradition per se)
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  • koreanhopekoreanhope member
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    edited December 2011
    Just letting you know try incorporate Scottish/Korean wedding isn't that hard.  I have decided that I can wear a hanbok before the wedding ceremony for pictures.  You don't really have to try to make a decision which one.... For the reception you can have Korean finger foods and American food together for the guests.
  • kkaurakkaura member
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    edited December 2011
    I'm wearing the hanbok during the ceremony (since it's the shortest part of the wedding for me). Everything else about the ceremony is western - except the programs are made in the form of an asian-style fan (it's an outdoor ceremony).

    During the reception I'm wearing a white dress but the decor is more Korean. My colors are black/white and pink and the tables/chairs are all white, the guests are encouraged to wear black and there will be 1,000 hot pink paper cranes floating above the tables (I'm having one of those trees/branches and the cranes will hang from them). There may be more than 1,000. We'll see. haha!

    I LOVE the idea of playing "Arirang" - consider that idea stolen!
    I may incorporate a tea ceremony but I think I'm just going to keep it simple. My mom doesn't like a whole lot of attention. I think she'd kill me. She's excited enough to see me wanting to wear a hanbok for the wedding (she wore a white dress for hers).
  • My fiance and I are both half-Korean. His aunt and uncle live in Korea so they bought our hanboks, shoes, accessories, and wedding ducks for us. We used these when we took our engagement pictures. We also plan to incorporate the ducks at the reception by placing them on the cake table.

    My hanbok, according to my future mother-in-law, was very old-style and traditional because it required the knot (instead of button like some hanboks are now?). The skirt is red while the jacket is a deep purple with flower designs. My fiance had black pants, white undershirt and a red jacket with black designs. We also both had shoes and his female cousin bought me a small purse as well.

    We still aren't sure if we are going to wear our hanboks at the wedding but my mother and future mother-in-law plan to, per request of both of us. :)
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