Marriage is considered the most important passage in one's life.
This is not only the union between two individuals but two families.
Pairs of wooden Mandarin duck carvings called wedding ducks are often used in traditional wedding ceremonies because they represent peace, fidelity, and plentiful offspring.
The women's attire includes a jeogori (저고리; short jacket with long sleeves) with two long ribbons which are tied to form the otgoreum (옷고름).
A chima (치마), a full-length, high-waisted, wrap-around skirt is worn.
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.In the past it was generally considered a taboo for a man and a woman to marry if they both have the same last name from the same ancestor.From this cultural influence, the article 809 of the Korean Civil code regulated marriages within a clan in the past, considering it as a type of exogamy.The court specifically asked the legislative branch to amend the current civil code article 809 paragraph 1 by the end of 1998, and hold further adjudication of this legislation.However, with the legislative branch not providing an additional legislation to oppose the decision by the Constitutional Court, the decision was set to be final, allowing the people within the same ancestral clan to marry each other.Additionally, a marriage was a way, particularly among elite families, as a way of developing and/or maintaining a social status.