Extra! Korea

August 18, 2009

Weddings cost about 55 million won

Filed under: culture, economics — extrakorea @ 1:38 pm

Are you thinking about getting married in Korea? Then, you might kiss your savings goodbye, because apparently, weddings cost about 55 million won.
Compare that to the fact that, in Korea, six million won is considered to be a “huge” student debt.


  1. Gee, if you trust that article, you’d almost think that it isn’t customary to give cash as a wedding gift in Korea (I know, the government frowns upon the practice (or, rather, pretends it does), but it is what it is).

    Weddings don’t have to cost that much. There are plenty of “wedding halls” that are quite affordable. Way back when we got married, the ceremony itself probably cost us 2 million won without counting the wedding reception, which can be quite expensive but pays for itself if the guests are generous.

    Sure, you can get married at a really fancier place that we did, but it will be just as tacky as the less expensive ones (Does it have baroque furniture? I rest my case).

    I hear that getting married at church is quite inexpensive. I would also think that the wedding reception (again, the single biggest necessary expense) would cost a lot less if held at the church cafeteria.

    In any case, I really don’t think that the cost of all materialistic crap that they buy for their home should count in the equation. Newlyweds don’t need a starter home that is elaborately furnished and decorated with a brand new car in the parking lot.

    By the way, the real wedding, the one that takes place at city hall, only cost 30000 won.

    Comment by Teadrinker — August 20, 2009 @ 11:13 pm

  2. “a really fancier place that we did”…Never type and drink tea at the same time.

    Comment by Teadrinker — August 20, 2009 @ 11:14 pm

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