Na-eun and Jun-hyeong struggle to find an appropriate venue in “Relief Pitcher”, as their problems begin to include many more people than just the two of them.
This recap of Welcome to Wedding Hell season 1, episode 5, “Relief Pitcher”, contains spoilers.
Now seems as good a time as any to mention that I’ve never really believed in marriage. I’m not religious, so I don’t see it as a vital, sacred institution, and outside of a decent tax break, I’m just not sure I see the upside in all the hassle. If anything, Welcome to Wedding Hell, and “Relief Pitcher” in particular, is just making me feel as though I’ve been right all along.
Welcome to Wedding Hell season 1, episode 5 recap
It’s a commonly held belief that a relationship isn’t really serious until the couple has a) been on holiday together and b) lived together for at least a little while. And it’s true, in my experience. Anyone can last the honeymoon phase, where everything is new and exciting and you’re still learning who your partner is, but when you start introducing massive amounts of stress into a relationship, that’s when you really get a sense of its load-bearing qualities. Na-eun sees this, which is why she’s so utterly opposed to Jun-hyeong’s way of doing things. Now isn’t the time for doting – now, in a weird way, isn’t really the time for romance.
Suddenly, what seemed like fairytale wants and wishes – the perfect venue! The dress! – suddenly have a price tag attached. The grandest and most picturesque wedding halls suddenly seem the least viable. And Jun-hyeong, for reasons he initially can’t even articulate, is adamant about marrying in a hotel.
There’s a thing called compromise, but most people just interpret that as a long way of trying to convince your significant other to come around to your way of thinking. Of course, Jun-hyeong is set on the hotel because his mother wants him to have a wedding in a hotel to maintain the family’s image, but as ever, he keeps this to himself. Since Na-eun objects on the grounds that her father objected to a hotel wedding, his next step is to try and convince his future father-in-law.
This whole subplot is another instance of Welcome to Wedding Hell letting things get just awkward enough for it to seem like an implosion is imminent and then save the day at the last moment with a bit of understanding and – that word again! – compromise. What’s becoming obvious is that there is perhaps no more important aspect of a wedding than what other people think about it, and that must be part of the account. What will the neighbors say about the wreath, the guest list, the venue, the happy couple?
And likewise, how will one family who feels slightly scorned behave? How will they try and get their own way? These are, presumably, questions that will be answered in subsequent episodes. But while there’s a decent helping of Na-eun and Jun-hyeong working as a team here in “Relief Pitcher”, I’m still not totally full of confidence for either of them. We’ll see how things go.