Getting married in Korea & Ikea

We decided months ago that if we would like to stay together, we should get married. There wasn't romantic propose or anything, we had been talking about that we want to get married in the future, but one night in January I had a rough day and I texted him that I got enough of missing him, that I don't want to be in Finland anymore and our original plan would take too much time. Next morning he answered me just that come here, let's get married. And that's how we got engaged!



Proof that I had a white dress!

I kept our plans as a secret for a pretty long time and I told about it only to my family, few friends and closest workmates. I knew that people would judge instead of being happy for me, we have been in a relationship only for 6 months before getting married, so I wasn't sure if I want to tell about it at all. I know that friends were worried of me. But we weren't scared, it felt only natural and happy thing for us. It would have been ideal to get married after few years when we would have money to organize a real wedding party, but now it went this way and we promised to be each others. We've been crazy together and we have taken really big steps in our relationship really fastly, but no regrets so far! We can make this work if we want and we want to stay together. It's not easy to be from different countries, especially when you both don't live in Europe, world and bureaucracy tries its best to come between you two.


After submitting our papers!

Our couple/engagement/wedding rings
Getting married in Korea in our case means just walking in to public office, filling application form (in korean), submitting paper from Finland which proves that I'm not already married and korean translation of it and copies of our ID's/passports. Then you both sign the application and that's it. No "I do's", they didn't even congratulate us. It's just a public office visit like any other visit in there would be. Then you need to wait 7-10 days to get your marriage certificate. We haven't got it yet, but we will celebrate our wedding the day when we submitted our papers, May 4th.





Because Yonggun's freedays are limited and we have so much to do we headed to Ikea after submitting our papers, we went to buy a bed for us and a closet for my clothes. Yonggun's sister was amazing and she wanted to sponsor some furnitures for us, so thankful to her! Korea has only one Ikea so far, located pretty near to Seoul, Gwangmyeong. With a buss it would take forever to get there, but with KTX train we arrived there in only 15 minutes. 



Waiting and waiting our turn to pay...

And because it's the only Ikea in Korea, there were LOTS of people! So many that it was kind of hard to even focus to look the things around you. Haven't seen a rush like this in finnish Ikea. Otherwise it was the same. And because there were so many people, many products were sold out, but in the end we got furnitures I'm happy with. Ikea in Korea is lots of cheaper than in Finland, our bed would have cost 100 euros more in Finland than what we paid of it now. I was also happily surprised because some of the workers approached me with speaking english instead of starting to talk korean to my husband! 

And this is what we got, our first furnitures.

Comments

  1. Onneksi olkoon!! ^___^ T: random anonyymi lukija

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  2. Voi pylly, enää ei juhlita mun nimipäivää vaan Riiksun hääpäivää. T: Rousku

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    1. Onneks yleensä hääpäivät muistaa hädintuskin asianomaiset, joten ei syytä huoleen!

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  3. kukin saa elä elämänsä niiku haluaa joten en halua mitenkää arvostella päätöstäs mutta koska itse en noin tekisi nii ihan mielenkiinnosta haluaisin kysyä että miten uskalsit noin nopeasti mennä naimisiin? miten voit olla niin varma että valitsit oikean henkilön? eikö pelota että kun parhaat 1-3v ja honeymoon phase menee ohi että haluutki erota? tosin eihä se mitään sinäänsä estä vähän paperihommia vaan:D mutta no onnea kuiteski ja pitääpä ruveta seuraamaan!

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    1. Oon ollut aina hyvin tarkkaan asiat harkitseva ennen kuin toteutan mitään, mutta ei tää tällä kertaa ollut uskaltamista, kuten sanoin niin ei mua oo missään vaiheessa itseä pelottanut. Mua on pelottanut ainoastaan se miten toiset ihmiset suhtautuu tähän asiaan, ei itse naimisiin meno.

      Ihmiset eroaa 20 avioliittovuoden jälkeenkin, joten miten ikinä voi olla varma? Mä haluan negativiisen mitä jos- ajattelun sijaan kerrankin yrittää keskittyä positiiviseen, jos ajattelisin koko ajan mitä jos, niin eihän tää sitten tulis missään tapauksessa edes onnistumaan. Me ollaan päätetty, että me halutaan olla yhdessä ja tiedetään, että elämä ei oo aina helppoa. En mä uskaltais heittäytyä näin, jos en ois varma että myös toinen panostaa meidän suhteeseen ihan täysillä ja on sitoutunut olemaan nimen omaan mun kanssa loppu elämän. Jos meille tulisi ero niin ihan jo se, että en oo kotimaassani tekis asiasta ihan tarpeeksi vaikeaa jolloin avioero ois pieni osa suurta murhetta. En ois lähtenyt Suomesta jos aikoisin erota joten en pidä sitä edes vaihtoehtona, en oo missään vaiheessa odottanut mitään "honeymoon" elämää, hermoja kiristävää lomakkeiden kanssa säätämistä tää nyt on. Mulla on hieno mies joka tahtoo olla mun kanssa, vaikka aina ei oiskaan kivaa. Ikinä ei voi tietää miten elämässä käy, mutta ei, ei pelota!

      Me halutaan asua samassa maassa nyt, eikä vuosien päästä, niin ei meillä oo hirveen montaa muuta vaihtoehtoa silloin kun kummankaan kotimaan äidinkieli ei ole englanti eikä puhuta vielä toistemme äidinkieliä.

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