On Your Wedding Day

So, this Korean melodrama has been on my mind a lot, for a couple of months. As a fan of Park Bo Young, I was quietly and eagerly waiting for it to be uploaded online with English subtitles. And now I have watched the movie thrice; mind you, this movie was released in August last year.

For those of you who don’t know, On Your Wedding Day shares a tale of two individuals from their youth to adulthood. Our male lead, Woo Yeon (played by Kim Young Kwang), often get into fights back in high school and has no interest in studying. Then in comes our female lead, Seung Hee (played by Park Bo Young), who is transferred to his school. They shared some moments and ended up pretending to date to help Seung Hee avoid other male students. They fell in love. The girl moved away and the guy tried to find her for years. And he did; followed by the string line of ups and downs.

I know. I know. The story sounds like a typical love story. You can find this storyline in other stories. I know that. But there is something compelling about this movie that made me watch it 3 times.

If you have not watched the movie yet, you might want to stop reading this post. Because I’m about to share my thoughts on the ending. Before you go, I’m serious; go and watch the movie. It will be worth your time. I promise. Come back here when you are done.

Back to my point, I’ve been going back and forth on how the movie should have ended. I’m sure many of us were rooting for our leads to be each other’s endgame, even at the last moment when Seung Hee was walking down the aisle. I mean, they’ve been through their hardest times together; they were each other’s umbrella. Seung Hee, Woo Yeon really loves you and has had your back all this time. Why are you not back together?!

Here’s the thing, I am so glad that Seung Hee walked away from Woo Yeon at the park. They are already hurting each other at that point in time; it was no longer healthy. Sure they still loved each other. But don’t forget the fact that Seung Hee can no longer accept how he was then and Woo Yeon was blaming her; even when he said he wouldn’t do it anymore, it’s still there. Besides, when you think about it, the choices that Woo Yeon made had been mostly for Seung Hee: moving to Seoul, joining the rugby team, living in a crowded dormitory, etc. Yes, these choices aren’t exactly cons. But, he was not making these decisions for himself. He has not been actually thinking about himself nor been doing things for himself.

I can’t deny that Seung Hee and Woo Yeon made a cute and sweet couple. I am glad that they crossed paths and became each other’s first love. They did well for each other. But that’s it; just first love. I am proud of Woo Yeon for not pursuing in Seung Hee on her wedding day. I know we tend to want to go back to our first love just because it’s familiar. But it is usually not a good idea to do so, especially if you are only remembering the sweet memories.


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