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Korea's changing wedding culture Updated: 2014-08-29 22:00:27 KST

Skipping the conve}Skipping the conventional photo shoot and dropping the bride-and-groom gift exchange process is what these newly-weds did when preparing for their wedding back in May.
They rented a small house in the city for their wedding and only invited close friends and family.

"We didn't want to spend a lot on a typical wedding ceremony like others so we decided to skip the expensive gift exchanges between families. Even our wedding rings were only 500-dollars."

All the money the couple saved will go to a second honeymoon.

It's no} More pairs are choosing to cut down the frills and it's no wonder,because saying "I do" in Korea can be an extravagant affair.
Check out the statistics for yourself.
With an average 24-thousand U.S. dollars that a couple spends on preparing for marriage, about one fifth is spent on hon-su -- a wedding tradition.
Hon-su consists of furniture and other household items the bride buys to fill her new home that has been purchased by the groom. and its symbolic of old patriarchal traditions.

"With Korea's long-standing patriarchal society slowly fading and soon-to-be married couples looking for a special experience, one-of-a kind wedding ceremonies are on the rise."

And industry insiders back this up saying an increasing number of couples these days, are going against wedding norms.

"In Korea there's an increasing number of people who have lived abroad and naturally they have become receptive to the different wedding cultures. I think it has contributed to the recent growing number of couples holding unique weddings."

Bang says requests for chapel weddings and house weddings have become more popular to tie the knot while making ends meet.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.
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