Drama: Welcome to Wedding Hell (결혼백서)
Network: KakaoTV, Netflix
Release Date: May 23, 2022 —
Runtime: Mon. – Wed. 19:00 (30 minutes)
Country: South Korea
Plot: A couple gets engaged and starts to plan their wedding. Can they pull off their perfect wedding or will they break up before they can get married?
Lee Yeon Hee – Kim Na Eun
Lee Jin Wook – Seo Jun Hyung
Hwang Seung Un – Choi Hui Seon
Kim Ju Yeon – Lee Su Yeon
Song Jin Woo – Jang Min Woo
Kim Mi Kyung – Lee Dal Young
Lim Ha Ryong – Kim Soo Chan
Yun Yoo Sun – Park Mi Sook
This drama only had 12 30 mins episodes so this was an easy watch despite the stressful and predictable moments. Maybe I can’t relate because I’m not yet married, but while watching the drama, all I can think of is, “Why are they getting married in the first place?” How long have they been together as a couple? They looked so in love and in sync in the first episode, but it seems like they don’t know enough about each other’s personalities and values and they don’t communicate enough. That’s why they started fighting as they are planning the wedding. Jun Hyeong proposed to her, Na Eun accepted, but they have not really thought about actually living together. They were in a bubble of love and dating.
First off, in terms of finance, they are so different when it comes to handling their money. I’m a bit like Na Eun where I invest and save, so I was as stressed as Na Eun to find out that Jun Hyeong spends a lot of money and doesn’t seem to know how to save.
Second, when it comes to arguments, Jun Hyeong tends to run away and just say sorry and hope Na Eun lets it go, while Na Eun is passive aggressive. Not a good sign. When Na Eun forces him to talk to her, Jun Hyeong gets so stressed and doesn’t pick up the phone (duh!! I’ll get angry too!) On the other hand, Na Eun is very stubborn and doesn’t cut Jun Hyeong some slack. They have to learn to choose their battles and compromise.
Third, in dealing with the in-laws, Jun Hyeong is annoying and don’t know how to handle balancing the wife’s needs and the clingy mom’s selfishness. Na Eun meanwhile, keeps saying nice things in front of Jun Hyeong’s mom even though she doesn’t mean it. It causes unnecessary misunderstandings. The drama seems like it’s all about Na Eun, and what she wants because she’s the bride, while Jun Hyeong doesn’t have a spine or is not decisive enough to communicate to both women.
Speaking of in-laws, Jun Hyeong’s mom is stressful. I don’t know if she is mean or pretending to be nice or is actually nice. She is petty, sending the gift with the price tag, insisting that she go with Na Eun to shop and choosing things she likes and not considering Na Eun’s feelings. Just like what Na Eun’s mom told Jun Hyeong’s mom — she knows how it is between the wife and the mother in law, why is she making it difficult for Na Eun? it seems like she is jealous of Na Eun and not ready to let go of her son.
I honestly don’t know if in real life, the couple can survive past the first year of marriage. I feel like they’re probably fighting right now. The wife is always right, the husband will keep saying yes or I’m sorry to stop her nagging. I just hope their love for each other is enough, and that they will be more honest with each other and talk through their issues.
Lee Yeonhee is so pretty and I like her character’s friendship with her 2 besties. However, Jinwook always looks unkempt and scruffy while his best friend is funny and nice.
I like secondary couple, they were both funny and in some way, perfect for each other. I just wished that they also gave the single friend a partner (and not just the cameo actor) in the end.