You’ve dreamed of this moment. Here are some tips for making your wedding kiss picture perfect!
- The 3-Second Rule. Don’t rush the kiss! A good amount of time is a solid 3 Mississippi count. Look, the kiss is a highlight of the ceremony. The kiss is the icing on the wedding cake. It’s your celebration of becoming husband and wife. Your guests don’t want to miss it, and your photographer wants a fighting chance at it too. So take your time. Celebrate it! Savor it! Rejoice in it!
If you’re not so comfortable with PDAs, or if your family is conservative, consider 3 smaller kisses instead of one. It doesn’t have to be a make out session, but still take your time and make the moment last. Even a kiss on the cheek can be so romantic. But still make that cheek kiss last 3 seconds!
- Kiss like you MEAN IT. This is a great moment for the two of you. You love each other and are starting a life together, and this kiss is all about the two of you and how much you love each other. Again, that doesn’t mean making out, it just means appreciating each other in this moment.
- Spare the tongue. There’s such a fine line between a great kiss and making people look away thinking “should I be seeing this?”
- Linger in the moment. It’s not just about the kiss itself. It’s the moments before and after. Look each other in the eye. Hug. Take a moment together. You might find that all the other people in the room just fade away.
- Be Yourself! Make this moment your own. It doesn’t have to be just a kiss. It’s part of who you are as a couple. If you’re silly, be silly. If you have a secret handshake, do it. If you are romantic, be romantic. It’s all about you, so have fun!
- Ask the Officiant to step aside. The first kiss is such a personal moment, but so often the photos include 3 people: the bride, the groom, and the officiant. If you want a more intimate feel, (and if the ceremony site allows enough room) before the ceremony, ask the Officiant to take a few steps to the side for the kiss. Then it’ll be just the two of you!
- Practice. Kissing is hard to watch yourself do, so it’s not like you can practice it in front of a mirror because you’re facing EACH OTHER. And here’s the thing: Even if you practice your kiss, once you’re in front of people and filled with excitement and joy, you’re probably going to forget it anyway. But you know what? It’s not gonna hurt, and there are a lot of things in life that are a lot LESS fun to practice. And your groom is probably going to be pretty happy to practice kissing. If you’re going to do something fancy, like a dip, THAT you should practice, to help get the angle right and be comfortable with the dip.
The most important things to remember are that it is about YOU. Relax, stay in the moment, and love each other, and it will look great!