My friend Sydney (who’s dating one of our groomsmen) is the absolute best! She went back to Korea to visit her family and guess what she does for me? She goes and buys me a hanbok (Korean dress) so I can wear it at the reception! It’s so pretty and I can’t wait to put it on!!!

note: colours are brighter in person smiley3





What’s even more amazing is that all of the women on my side of the family are wearing one, Sydney’s wearing one and hopefully whoever else that has one will wear one too! It’s going to be such a beautiful aspect to our wedding especially since hanboks are very colourful and elegant.

We had talked about doing a Paebaek (Korean Ceremony) but we’re wondering about the price and also don’t know the order of everything involved in it. So unless we find a place that provides everything, including food and set up, I highly doubt we’ll do that. It would have been fun for our non-Korean guests to see this during our reception but we shall see. I’m sure somewhere in NYC there’s a place – I’m just not familiar.

I simply can’t wait to wear this! Much thanks to Sydney and her Mother for all their hard work finding me such a great hanbok. (For a GREAT price might I add smiley3)


Mrs. Poppy

New York
Wedding Date:
July 2007

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    es, Guest @ 12:20 pm

    if you have a lot of relatives on the groom side, it’s well worth doing paebaek and i mean it is well$$$$$$$ worth it. my husband and i didn’t want to do it at first, but his parents insisted and we made so much money, we didnt have to spend a cent from our own pocket on our honeymoon. and this includes seeing all the sights and eating at fancy restaraunts every night.

    we did paebaek through our caterer. you should look into korean caterers because ours provided the hanbok outerwear, the dduk, food, decorations, setup and everything, and i think it cost about $500 extra. hope that helps.

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    Mrs. Butterfly, Guest @ 12:43 pm

    hi ms. poppy,
    mrs. bee and i both used rose handicraft for our paebaek and they were great. they do everything for you – outer wear, men’s wear, music, food, set up, dismantle, guide you through the process, and even MC it in english.(read my review – i dont particularly like the MC’ing but your american guests will love it!)

    plus, we did make a lot of money – at least couple hundred from each group of people who went.

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    SusanneW, Guest @ 12:49 pm

    I always wanted to ahve a traditional korean ceremony. Your hanbok is beautiful.

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    hoshi, Guest @ 12:50 pm

    i was going to say that mrs. bee had a paebeak, and since you’re both in NY you should ask her who she used. when you do find out the cost, could you share that? i would like to have it too but don’t know how much i should buget for it…
    i love that hanbok. so pretty. i was thinking of getting one myself if i ever go to korea. are they pricey?

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    miss violet, Guest @ 12:55 pm

    love the vibrant colors, you’re going to beautiful!

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    Mrs. Bee, Guest @ 12:55 pm

    i think i paid $1000. mrs butterfly would probably remember better. they really did a fantastic job!

    rose handicraft
    42-22 Main Street
    Flushing, NY 11355

    they also have a location in nj. it’s so much fun – i’d definitely do it if you can. :)

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    heyjanety, Guest @ 1:08 pm

    miss poppy, you should DEFINITELY consider doing the pae-baek. my fiance and i wanted to do it b/c it represents our heritage, for gorgeous pictures, and hehe… the money.
    if you’re close to the northern nj/nyc region there’s a dduk jib called yedang, located in ridgefield, nj (next to the han-ah-reum). that’s where we’re renting our pae-baek clothes, ordering the food for the pae-baek, and got our dduk to have as appetizers for the cocktail hour. they’re pretty well known. if you would like for me to give you their standard price, please let me know. oh, and they also provide someone to help you perform the ceremony if requested. but it’s not done in the MC sort of style as the one that mrs. butterfly mentioned. the helper ajuma is an extra $100, so we opted not to have her.

    hoshi, hanboks can have a very large price range. from what i know, most are in the $500-$1000s range. (don’t quote me on that). the reason being, is they have to be all handmaid. my family in korea always goes to one hanbok maker in seoul, so we get good discounts. but i think it’s possible to get a pretty hanbok without having to pay an arm and a leg.

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    Tea, Guest @ 1:10 pm

    that’s the part i’m really looking forward to doing. your hanbok is so pretty…my mom and i will most likely get mine from korea [her entire family is still there so they can help us locate one]. and non-koreans LOVE hanboks. lol. i wore one to my church [which is predominately black] for our international day festival and they could not get over it. everyone kept turning around to look. i took so many pictures that day…so i know they’ll love watching the paebaek as well.

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    ddalgi, Guest @ 1:22 pm

    hi miss poppy! we’re doing pae-baek at our wedding also and we’re using Yaedang also, the queens location.

    at heyjanety said, they do everything for you.

    my mom was insistent on using them from the beginning because she says they’re the best out there right now. (haha i dont know if that’s true but i think it has to do with the quality of food being the best) she mentioned rose handicraft saying that they’ve been around forever and they’re established but the food at yaedang if better.

    but that’s all based on word of mouth. i think yaedang ends up being about $200 more than rose if you have a woman come and assist you, but it may be worth looking into if the food is important to you…i think you wrap and send the food to your in-laws or something?

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    ddalgi, Guest @ 1:25 pm

    ah the queens number is 718-445-2121

    also, love your hanbok!

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    EK, Guest @ 1:29 pm

    Your friend is awesome to buy you a hanbok because those suckers are expensive :)
    BTW, for those doing pae-baek, did you all do it on your wedding day or before hand? If you did it on your wedding day, did you incorporate that into your wedding or reception?

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    Miss Poppy, Guest @ 1:30 pm

    ladies! thanks for the info :) and esp the phone numbers 😉

    hoshi – the hanbok my friend got me was $150 in korea. she totally haggled the person and that’s how it ended up $150, it was a lot more regular price! just make sure you go with someone who can do the price handling w/ ya 😉

    so far called rose. gotta go in but i don’t have time. they also mentioned that i need at least 6 months before my wedding to even have it with them… so i guess that’s out. i’ll try yaedang!

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    Miss Poppy, Guest @ 1:31 pm

    EK- i’m planning to do it in the middle of the reception for people to see! :) that is if i still have one… hehe i may just wear a hanbok during the reception instead. we’ll see!

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    Miss Almond, Guest @ 1:34 pm

    Thanks for all the info. btw, Rose Handicraft moved.

    163-26 Northern Blvd
    Flushing, NY 11354
    but it’s the same number…just made an appt for next week.

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    hoshi, Guest @ 1:45 pm

    wow thanks guys for the helpful info.
    i’ll have to start working on my haggle skills ahead of time. 😉

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    heyjanety, Guest @ 2:17 pm

    ok, i went and dug through my wedding planning craziness and found my yedang receipt.
    yedang offers 2 (or was it 3? i can’t remember) options for the pae-baek food. we chose the cheaper one. it costs $450. the clothing, background thing, table, set up, rentals cost $500. that price is standard and doesn’t change. it includes dry cleaning costs.

    to clarify, the pae-baek food includes dried dates and chestnuts for tossing. it does not include dduk. i think what ddalgi is mentioning about wrapping up food and sending to your in-laws is a separate korean tradition that is done when you shi-jib-gah. i can’t seem to remember the exact name for the tradition, but what it is, you order or make, a CRAZY amount of korean food, wrap it up nicely in the korean silk cloths (do you know what i’m talking about? it would help if i knew more vocab. eek) and bring it over to your in-laws. this food (includes saeng-sun jun, gool-bi, galbi etc) you can order separately from jan-chi-jibs or dduk-jibs. it gets to be VERY costly. my in-laws are from philly so we opted not to order this food. but it is customary. you should ask your mom what to do about that.

    we’re doing our pae-baek at the end of the reception. it’s going to be done privately for family only. normally, it’s only for the groom’s side. but tradition is changing and if the groom’s side allows the bride’s side is invited to participate.

    and yedang doesn’t need 6 mo notice. the nj site only has 2 pae-baek clothing rentals. so in one day they can only rent to 2 different weddings. luckily our date was open.

    NJ site:
    321 Broad Ave. Bldg F #4
    Ridgefield, NJ 07657
    (201) 313-3344

    sorry the post is so long. and miss poppy, your hanbok is so pretty. the price quote that i gave, are for custom made hanboks that usually come with embroidery. sorry if anyone was confused.

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    Miss Poppy, Guest @ 10:32 am

    heyjanety!! that is such HELPFUL information! thank you. do you know if they speak english there? my korean is getting rusty :) xo

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    heyjanety, Guest @ 12:05 pm

    mmmmm…i went with my mom, and she did most of the talking. it wouldn’t hurt to try speaking english to them. but if you want, i could go with you for a visit. since i live pretty close to there. my korean’s ok. i just don’t know some of the exact vocab. let me know if you want some help. =)

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    Miss Poppy, Guest @ 12:56 pm

    heyjanety! you are so SWEET!!! (you know that right??) i actually stopped by yesterday really quick, i didn’t even realize that place exsisted even though i shop at the han ahreum all the time!!! haha but my mom & sis are coming tomorrow and i’ll probably stop by with them. we’ll see about the paebaek though :) still debating.

    you’re so awesome though, thanks for offering to help me!!!

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    heyjanety, Guest @ 2:57 am

    oh no worries, it would be no big deal for me to go with you, if you needed. =) BUT, yeah, i’m sure your mom would definitely be better at negotiating the contract and stuff. i hope that they have your date available.

    as someone noted from b4, the dduk and pae-baek stuff has a better reputation. good luck planning!!

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    kanipark, Guest @ 3:12 am

    aww… very pretty… i want one :)

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