One of my favourite things about Korean Wedding Traditions are the Wedding Ducks, although I have heard that they can be geese as well. The history of this pairing stems from ducks mating for life and therefore representing brides and grooms as partners in the marriage.
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Essentially the ducks represent the bride and the groom. After the wedding, the ducks are placed somewhere in the couples house and supposedly, their position tells of the couples marital state. If the ducks are facing nose to nose – it means the relationship is good. If it is tail to tail – it means the couple are probably having a tiff.
Image Courtesy of YuYuArt on Etsy.
Apparently these ducks are to represent three things: peace, many children, and no separations. In old times, they were carved by a good friend who demonstrated that he possesses all of the “five fortunes” qualities which are being shared with the couple. Being selected to carve the duck is great honour so the person carving wedding ducks must not except money for his work. The photos we have used in this blog post showcase various materials that this modern Korean wedding tradition has been transformed into.
Here’s another really cute wedding cake by kikuike on Etsy.
The five fortunes of the carver are:
1. He must be rich
2. He must of perfect health
3. Among his family (including his relatives) there must have been no divorces
4. He has to have a “good wife”
5. He must have many sons.
While carving with his knife, he is to pray for happiness, peace, prosperity and many children (just as the duck has many eggs) to the bride (Shinbu) and groom (Shinlang).
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Just before the wedding the ducks (everything but the neck) must be wrapped with cloths of different colour and is then carried to the ceremony. The Korean wedding colours are usually red and blue.
As soon as the bride arrives she put the wedding duck on the table. After the ceremony, the bride and groom bow to the groom’s mother and father two and a half times. Then the groom’s mother throws the duck to the outspread apron of the bride. If the bride manage to catch the duck it is believed that she’ll first give birth to a baby boy. If she does not catch the duck she’ll get a baby girl.
Do you have a pair of wedding ducks? We’d love for you to share your photos with us.