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four thousand dollars the average cost of a wedding in south korea that's about twice as expensive as the u. s. it's also a lot for a young south korean couple to swallow so they put off marriage which means they put off having kids and that means korea's already low birth rate is getting worse , reuters christine came in seoul says some couples have found a solution in the past it was only socially acceptable for south , big lavish weddings with hundreds of gas , now the trend for small weddings has really caught on and it's , expected to last as it comes at a very convenient time when frankly a lot of people in south korea are facing financial strains , i and youth unemployment is also on the rise , the government's offering public buildings as alternative wedding halls to encourage the smaller ceremonies , steen standing outside seoul city hall where you can get married for just sixty dollars but it's not just the cost of a space that you make your head spin south screen couples who are engaged tense exchange gifts between , i usually once loki this can be limited to just the wedding ring , for more traditionally there's expensive jewelry and watches and , it's also quite common for brides here to receive fashion our enemies bags from the groom's family ahead of the wedding and these facts are more often than not stuffed with , south korea hold some of the highest levels of household debt in the world the low cost of a smaller wedding may have some appeal even from the upholders of marriage tradition , parents who have been shouldering some of the cost but with a wedding in city hall there's a chance there's enough left in the bank for a honeymoon