3,500 couples got married in the first mass wedding in the Moon movement, since the death of their founder. Almost identically dressed up, the many couples took part in the ceremony, performed by Hak Ja-Han, the widow of Moon founder Sun Myung Moon who passed away in September 2012.
The mass wedding was organised by the Unification Church, founded in South Korea in 1954 by Sun Myung Moon. Parallel to the mass wedding with 3,500 couples north of the capital Seoul in South Korea, another 24,000 couples known as Moonies, were married simultaneously via video link all over the world.
As participant in the giant wedding, you may also choose to have your future spouse selected for you. 400 out of the 3,500 married couples had decided to let their partners be chosen by Hak Ja-Han, a method also performed by Sun Myung Moon. This procedure also involved couples not speaking the same language. As reported by the AFP news agency, Jin Davidson, a 21-year-old American, got married to a Japanese bride. After the wedding, they had to learn to speak a common language.