Two-thirds of married women wanted to have only a small wedding, but only half of them managed to overcome social pressure to go the traditional route, according to a report on Monday.
The Korea Institute of Child Care and Education polled 1,173 married women nationwide and found that 67 percent of respondents wanted to have a small wedding. But 49.1 percent, said their weddings were rather grand affairs in the end.
Asked why, 22.9 percent cited opposition from their families. Some 19.1 percent said they thought they should keep up with the Joneses, and 16.6 percent admitted they wanted more gift money from more guests.
Some 16.1 percent said they thought standard big wedding better serves its purpose.