Parents Still Pay Dearly for Children's Weddings

  • Arirang News

    September 03, 2015 11:02

    There is a sizable gap between wedding costs for the parents of the bride and the groom.

    According to a report by the Korean Women's Development Institute, parents spent an average of over W80 million (US1=W1,185) when they marry off their sons.

    But the average cost for daughters is less than W60 million.

    The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family released the report Wednesday following a survey of 1,200 parents and their adult children who tied the knot in the last three years.

    Few married couples had a conventional Korean wedding ceremony without receiving any financial support from their parents. Only 10 percent of newlyweds said they paid for it entirely out of their own pocket.

    The survey shows that the prevailing notion is still that it is the parents' responsibility to help pay for the wedding. Over 93 percent of the parents surveyed said they did not let on what a financial burden the wedding was.

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