Korean Wedding Traditions
by Rafi Michael (edited by Lynne Hand)
In the past, the marriage between a man and woman in Korea represented the joining of two families, rather than the joining of two individuals. As such, the event was often called Taerye (Great Ritual), and people from all over participated. Steeped in traditional Confucian values, the ceremonies and events surrounding the actual marriage were long and elaborate, from the pairing of the couple to the rituals performed after the ceremony.