My principal invited me to her daughter's wedding, so of course I was like, fuck yeah!
Turns out, Korean weddings are absolutely nothing to get excited for.
Our principal's husband is also a principal, so there were two schools of employees invited to this wedding, plus relatives etc. My cool CT Everyone was mulling about on the floor reserved for the wedding when I showed up. I found my coworkers who ushered me towards the “money guys”, two guys sitting behind stacks of envelopes.
The Money Guys reminded me of the bar mitzvahs I'd been to in high school. I was supposed to give an amount of money based on my relationship with the bride and groom. I don't have one with either of them, so I gave the minimum traditional amount, 10k. They handed me an envelope to put the money in and write my name, took it from me and handed me another one.. This is kind of like an Italian-American wedding, except the exchange of money is much less personal, handled by either outside staff or just some mopes who volunteered to. I thought I was going to get a voucher in the envelope I got back, but it was just a generic invitation to dinner and 10k. Strange.
They opened up the room where the vows or whatever were taking place, and everyone quickly filled the seats and aisles of the room. When I say everyone, I mean a third of the people, with more crowding around the door, and yet more still standing around uninterested. There was no music, all I noticed was thirty minutes later, half the room cleared out. The bride and groom were still up there listening to the guy talk about shit for a while, but I guess the I Do's were already exchanged. I don't even know if they kissed, but I wouldn't be surprised If kissing is too racy for a Korean wedding.
An hour or so, that was about it. Some people were dressed nice, some just phoned it in. Everyone got the fuck out of there real fast, and I went with my coworkers to a restaurant that the principal rented out to eat bbq and drink booze on her dime. The dinner was nothing fancy, your regular middle tier yangnyum galbi ( marinated short-ribs) BBQ joint.
The highlight of my day was I found out that the secretary with the big boobs and nice, thick legs is in her late 40s- older than both of my coteachers and most of the other teachers too. This is the same woman who got her eyebrows tattooed on back in February. I'm apparently clueless when it comes to Korean women's ages because I thought she looks twenty years younger than that.