The Wedding Kiss – How to Handle It

You’re finally getting married. You have quickly been shaken by the reality that you will be kissing in front of all your family and friends. I don’t know about you, but to me, kissing is a private exchange and I feel a little funny about doing it in front of an audience. Here are a few things to consider when going for that kiss after the “you may now kiss the bride” part of your wedding ceremony.

1. A little peck. Resist the urge to do a quick peck on the lips to get this uncomfortable situation over with. You give grandma a quick peck on the lips or cheek, not your bride. If you go for a quick peck on the lips you’ll end up looking wimpy and unsure of yourself.

2. The French kiss. French kissing is beautiful but it is quite sensual and intimate. I don’t know if you want your mom and dad and your future in-laws see you play tonsil hockey at the altar of a church. Something does not seem right about that.

3. Somewhere in between. I would suggest you meet in the middle. You need a pressing, somewhat lengthy kiss that is lingering but not brief. It should be of a good length but not to the point where people from the audience stay shouting “Wrap it up already!” or “Get a room!”

You and your bride should practice what type of kiss and for how long of a duration you will be doing during your wedding. This will avoid an awkward moment. What if you go for a cute kiss and your bride goes for a ravenous kiss? What if you go for a little tonsil hockey and your bride gets embarrassed? Or worse, she jumps or pulls back! You definitely need to discuss “the kiss” so it goes smoothly.

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