We’ve made it to the end. The final chance to really add some personality to your ceremony. The kiss.
For starters you can have some fun with the wording leading up to the kiss. I had a couple in the spring that had me turn to the groom and say “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you. You may kiss the bride.” It was funny for them – wouldn’t that be a fun way to introduce the kiss for a police officer?
Maybe you don’t want to spoil this moment with humor. One previous couple asked me to work in the groom’s mother’s favorite phrase (she had passed away before the wedding). So just before I invited them to kiss, I said “May you live happily ever now”. I don’t get misty eyed too often at my weddings, but I have to admit that choked me up a little.
Don’t like the whole “you may now…” part? Have your officiant invite you to “seal your vows with a kiss”.
Or how about a completely different take? Instead of you may now kiss the bride, how about you may now kiss the groom?
Don’t forget about the kiss itself. Spontaneity is wonderful but there is something to be said for a little pre-planning. Keep it respectful – remember Grandma is watching – but it doesn’t have to be chaste. And don’t make it too short – your photographer needs to be able to get a good photo! Going into a dip makes for a wonderful moment – and your guests will cheer – but be sure to practice ahead of time.
You now have all the elements to make your ceremony your own. You don’t have to follow every one of these tips to personalize your ceremony but one or two will make sure your guests have never been to a wedding quite like yours. Have fun!