Korean celebrity weddings have always been the stuff dreams were made of. The glitz and glamor of the wedding outfits, the dreamy reception themes, and the elaborate wedding feast will always be points of curiosity for fans. Some weddings stand out as the most luxurious, most intricately planned weddings, such that these are remembered long after they have taken place.
Here are the ten most lavish Korean celebrity weddings fans love to reminisce on.
1. Jun Ji Hyun and Choi Joon Hyuk
Jun Ji Hyun of My Love From The Star married Choi Jun Hyuk in 2012. She wore three dresses during her wedding, one of them a Reem Accra dress worth $9000, while her main wedding dress cost ₩80.0 million KRW (about $57,700 USD). The third dress was a traditional hanbok.
The ring she wore for her photo shoot was worth ₩500 million KRW (about $359,000 USD), and the tiara she wore during the marriage ceremony was worth ₩1.20 billion KRW (about $862,000 USD). Her husband, Choi Jun Hyuk, is the CEO of Alpha Asset Management, a leading company in managing mutual funds and institutional investor portfolios.
2. Kim Seung Woo and Kim Nam Joo
Iris star Kim Seung Woo and Misty actress Kim Nam Joo were wed in 2005. Nam Joo’s Vera Wang wedding dress reportedly cost ₩25.0 million KRW (about $18,000 USD), and her diamond earrings were worth ₩300 million KRW (about $216,000 USD).
3. Lee Sang Soon and Lee Hyori
Singer-songwriter and DJ Lee Sang Soon and singer Lee Hyori had a small, simple, private wedding at home in their garden on Jeju Island. Her wedding dress was worth ₩100,000 KRW (about $72.10 USD). However, Hyori invited the renowned chef and winner of MasterChef Korea, Kim Seungmin, to prepare the food and drinks for their wedding guests. Costs also increased when the singer paid for her wedding guests’ flight tickets and accommodations.
4. Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo
Song Hye Kyo and Song Joong Ki’s wedding was touted as the grandest celebrity wedding in South Korea in 2017. Their wedding was held at Yeong Bin Gwan, a traditional Korean house-style banquet hall located at the annex of The Shilla Hotel.
The venue reportedly cost at least ₩70.0 million KRW (about $50,300 USD), while the full course meal for 150 guests was estimated at ₩200,000 KRW (about $144 USD) each, making that a total of at least ₩33.0 million KRW (about $23,700 USD). The bride’s lily-of-the-valley bouquet alone reportedly cost ₩10.0 million KRW (about $7,190 USD), plus floral decorations costing an estimate of ₩50.0 million KRW (about $35,900 USD)
Lastly, her Christian Dior wedding dress was said to have cost at least $30,000, and the groom’s suit was about $2000 minimum.
5. Bae Yong Jun and Park Soo Jin
In 2005, Businessman and former actor Bae Yong Joon and actress Park Soo Jin kicked off their wedding celebration in a bridal car that cost around $1 million. The bride reportedly wore a dress from a high-end brand called L, estimated to cost between $10,000 to $100,000.
6. Jang Dong Gun & Ko So Young
On their special day, Jang wore a tuxedo worth ₩8.00 million KRW (about $5,750 USD), and his shoes cost him ₩20.0 million KRW (about $14,400 USD). Ko So Young wedding dress was worth ₩20.0 million KRW (about $14,400 USD). The wedding took place at Seoul’s Shilla Hotel, with 500 guests in attendance.
7. Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin.
Hyun Bin and Son Ye Jin had a beautiful wedding held in Aston House at the Grand Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul, under tight security and COVID-19 safety protocols. The cost of renting the venue could reportedly reach US$600 per guest and US$190,000 for the rental of wedding essentials.
Son wore an Elie Saab dress from its 2022 autumn/winter bridal collection for one of her wedding festivities. The sleeveless, square-neck dress adorned with delicate flowers is estimated to cost about US$65,800.
Son was also seen wearing a custom Vera Wang Haute Spring 2020 Bridal gown, an off-shoulder silhouette, and a chic lace detail estimated to be worth US$8,200.
On her wedding day, though, Son wore a dress by Mira Zwillinger from its spring/summer 2022 collection, estimated to cost around $11,000.
8. Yong Jung Hoon and Han Ga In
Han Ga-in’s wedding dress alone cost in the range of ₩10.0 million KRW (about $7,190 USD), and the necklace she wore on the day reportedly cost tens of millions of won.
The wedding ceremony in 2005 reportedly cost at least ₩50.0 million KRW (about $35,900 USD), with 500 employees mobilized for the wedding and 500 reporters. The wedding gained much attention because Han Ga In announced their marriage at the peak of her career and a very young age.
9. Shin Seong Il and Um Aing Ran
Shin Seong Il and Um Aing Ran’s wedding in October 1964 was the “wedding of the century,” a social spectacle that attracted national attention. Their wedding was considered the first “super luxurious wedding” as it cost about ₩2.00 million KRW (about $1,440 USD) at the time, which amounts to ₩70.0 million KRW (about $50,300 USD) at present.
10. Lee Byung Hun and Lee Min Jung
Squid Game Actor Lee Byung Hun and Once Again actress Lee Min Jung had a star-studded wedding that cost them ₩120 million KRW (about $86,500 USD). Lee Min Jung wore two dresses amounting to an estimated ₩100 million KRW (about $72,100 USD) and a wedding ring worth ₩50.0 million KRW (about $36,100 USD).