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Marriage is not for the individual but rather for the desire of the family.If one decides to get married, they must get consent from the whole family.
Pre-Ceremony Traditional Korean weddings are based around and centered around traditional Confucian values.
Every aspect of the wedding, from the arrangement of the marriage to the ceremony and post celebrations, had important and elaborate steps to go along with them.
Ceremony In ancient times, weddings (Honrye) were held in the bride's yard or house.
The groom traveled by horse to the bride's house and after the wedding ceremony took his wife in a palanquin (sedan chair) to his parents' house to live.
The first step is called the Eui hon, or ‘matchmaking’, this is when both the bride and grooms families discuss the possibility of marriage.
Various factors are taken into consideration such as: social status, personality, appearance, academic and/or agricultural (industrial) achievements, as well as material harmony as predicted by a fortuneteller."In general the Eui hon is determined when the bridegroom-side sends a proposal letter of marriage and the bride-side sends a reply letter which permits this marriage." Once the response from the bride is sent back to the groom, if agreed, the groom then sets up a date for the ceremony.Once the date is set the groom then sends a box to the bride which is known as a Ham. This is given to the bride in dedication to wed only one husband.The wife is expected to keep this paper forever; upon death the papers are buried with the wife as well.This second step is called Napchae, or ‘date setting’.The grooms year, month, day, and hour (according to the lunar calendar), which is known as Saju, is written on a paper and wrapped in bamboo branches and tied with red and blue thread.Hand lanterns are used for lighting the way from the groom's home to the bride's home on the night before the wedding.