Korean wedding

Design Your Modern Heritage Wedding at Conrad Seoul

As tourism continues to grow here in Seoul, so do the reasons for it. In the recent past, tourists from all corners of the globe have made the trek to Korea to experience its traditional and pop culture, delicious food and fantastic shopping facilities. But over the past year or so, more and more international couples are making their way to the Korean capital to say their vows.

Attracted by the sophisticated styles and romantic surroundings portrayed in Korean films and dramas, love birds throughout Asia, and even as far as the Americas, are deciding to say, "I do" in the swanky wedding halls and hotel ballrooms of the Korean capital.

10 Things South Korea Does Faster

One of the first Korean words I learned after my arrival to the peninsula was bbali (빨리). Meaning "fast," it's a term used frequently and, in my opinion, perfectly summarizes the entire country in two syllables. After all, the nation rose from the ashes of the Korean War in a mere six decades to become one of the world's greatest economies. In general, Koreans do a lot of things fast. Here's 10 of them, in no particular order.

Transportation

Happy Wedding Day YooMe and GeunYung!

Earlier today, I headed to one of my co-worker's weddings at a wedding hall in Seomyeon, filled with brides! There were 4 "wedding halls" in this building and a new wedding ceremony was scheduled every hour, from 11:30am - 5:30pm! WOW! 

Wedding, the Musical

Last week, I had the privilege of attending a rather bizarre wedding that featured father-of-the-bride drunkenness, a rock-n-roll twist-off, and a gay stripper. OK, so it wasn't a real wedding, but rather the latest non-verbal performance to hit the stage of the PMC 대학로 자유극장 theater in Hyehwa-dong.

I was happy to be on yet another blogging mission from the Korea Tourism Organization heading to Hyehwa last week after work. Hyehwa is Seoul's theater district and though I frequent the area, it isn't often that I go there to see plays. Most of the performances held in the district are in Korean, so it was exciting to be heading there for a musical. After locating the PMC venue, I took my seat in the musty-smelling theater and admired the cheesy set, seemingly straight out of The Wedding Planner. I didn't know what to expect but had a feeling it was going to be an interesting hour or two.

Erica and a Wedding in Seoul!

I went to Seoul this week to spend some time with my childhood friend Erica. We’ve known each other since 2nd grade ^^ She was coming to Seoul because her boyfriend’s best friend was getting married here.  The wedding was at the Korea House (한국의집), a beautiful traditional building that offers the traditional wedding ceremony. [...]

Our Korean Wedding, Part 3

Around this age is when a fair few people choose to get married. A lot of friends have already been married, and some have weddings in the next few months. 27 years old seems young and I often ponder whether we should have waited longer. But in the end I always come to the same conclusion. And that is that when you're as sure as you'll ever be that you've found the right person, there's no reason to wait any longer.

Our Korean Wedding, Part 2

A great thing that happens when you're about to get married is that you really notice the number of good friends that you have in your life. It's a time when new friends and old ones come together to help you out and wish you well, and you feel only the need to return all of the favours you're receiving. But of course you're too busy getting married and just have to make do with the knowledge that you'll help them back again, someday.

Our Korean Wedding, Part 1

We arrived back in Seoul on Monday and are settling into the pace of normal life again. The wedding was great and the honeymoon was fantastic, with many good friends helping out at every step of the way. Now I need to sift through around 1000 images to share with you all, starting with the wedding.
That leaves me with an interesting problem: How exactly does someone blog their own wedding appropriately? If I were to keep the photos private, that wouldn't be very nice. And as soon as I start blogging it, I can sense that it will inevitably become a slight misrepresentation of our special day. This is a dilemma that we'll just have to get by with.

Anyway, let's start.

Wedding Invitations

On Saturday September 19th, Heather and I will be getting married in the coastal city of Busan. Being such an important occasion, weddings are stressful to organise. Luckily for me, Heather is a true champion of organisational wonder. She's pretty much putting together the whole event, due to her being in the same city and speaking Korean better than a shmuck like me. At the same time, she's preparing to hand over her job as branch manager. I received the wedding invitations last week and had the dubious honour of sending them out to guests.

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