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Thursday, December 15, 2011

“You May Now Seal Your Promises With a Kiss!”

Filed under: First Kiss — Larry James @ 8:00 am

first-kissHave you thought much about your first kiss as wife and husband? It’s the kiss that seals the deal. In my interviews with brides and grooms most are more excited about other aspects of the weddings than the first kiss.

Some say the kiss is considered a symbolic act of sharing each others spirit as the couple each breathes in a portion of their new mate’s soul. It is a Western custom for a newly married couple to exchange a kiss at the conclusion of their wedding ceremony.

Some trace the tradition to an ancient Roman tradition, whereby the exchange of a kiss signified the completion of a contract. Although the kiss is not a “formal” requirement of the ceremony, most regard the gesture as a joyful start of the marriage. Today, the kissing of the bride signifies that the marriage ceremony is complete and that the couple is now wife and husband.

dippingKISSNo more quick pecks! This intimate, momentous moment occurs in front of all your friends and family and should be memorable. First of all, make it last a little longer than you think is necessary. Why? Because the photographer does not know when the kiss is coming and you want to be sure they get that photo. I always tell the bride and groom that I will let the photographer know that I’ve asked them to hold the kiss.

There is another good reason to make it last. The guests love it. Someone may shout, “Get a room!”

It’s okay to share a bit of the passion you have for each other for more than a brief second. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a dip kiss, a short and sweet kiss, or a lingering kiss. Do what makes you feel comfortable. However a sloppy wet, tongue-in-mouth kiss might be a bit much for the grandmas and grandpas on your guest list.

By the way, the bride and groom have their choice of having me say, “You may now kiss the bride,” (the traditional way) or “You may now seal your promises with a kiss” (the Larry – and more “romantic” way)! 😉

BONUS Article: Last Kiss. . . Before the First Kiss!

Photo Credit: (Seaside kiss) – Aaron Polhill Photography

Copyright © 2011 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s “romantic” Wedding Website. Larry James is an award winning, non-denominational wedding officiant and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. Pre-maritial relationship coaching is available and not required. You will find more than 470 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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  1. […] Articles: The (sometimes) Awkward First Kiss “You May Now Seal Your Promises With a Kiss!” “You may now seal your promises with a kiss!” Last Kiss… Before the First […]


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