In Korea, the marriage between a man and a woman represents the joining of two families, rather than the two individuals. This tea ceremony (폐백) was originally intended as a way for the bride to pay her respects to the groom’s family and is probably my favorite part of the whole wedding!
The couple will enter together dressed in their hanboks and the groom’s parents will be seated in front of a table loaded with various traditional snacks and fruits and tea (or soju ). The couple will bow deeply to the parents, then kneel as one pours tea/soju. Once the parents drink the tea/soju, they offer wisdom, advice or a wish for the couple’s future. Finally, the parents will throw dates (symbolizing girls) and chestnuts (symbolizing boys) which the bride and groom will try to catch in a satin cloth. According to tradition, the number of dates and chestnuts caught signifies how many children she will bear.
When all is said and done, the newly weds go and enjoy a buffet style meal with their guests and head off to the airport to enjoy their honeymoon.
These were taken at my favorite wedding hall here in Gwangju. Enjoy!