The bride and groom then face each other across the wedding table. The brides mother lights the blue candle and the groom's mother lights the red candle, representing the elements of yin and yang.
Next, the helpers wash the hands of the bride and groom. In Korea, it is traditional etiquette to wash one's hands before all rites in order to prepare the mind.The groom should turn his head away.
Facing each other the bride bows twice to the groom. In the past, this moment would have signified their first encounter together. The groom bows once in acknowledgement of the bride's bows.
The bride bows twice again.This symbolizes the bride's acceptance of the groom as her husband. The groom bows once again in acknowledgement This symbolizes the groom's acceptance of the bride as his wife. After the bowing is complete, the bride and groom take their seats The helpers pour the alcohol and prepare the side dishes. The cups are raised to honour the heavens.
The bride and groom hold up their cups to each other. At this point the couple makes their marriage vows and promises to keep these forever by drinking alcohol together. They promise each other they will love forever.