The Declaration and the Kiss

The Declaration and the Kiss

Part 1- The Declaration

The celebrant will retell the guests of the importance of the day and what we have all witnessed that day, recap some points in your vows and promises and pronounce you husband and wife, wife and wife, husband and husband.

Example 1-

“Throughout this ceremony, (Partner one) and (Partner two) have vowed, in our presence, to be loyal and loving towards each other. They have formalized the existence of the bond between them with words spoken and with the giving and receiving of rings. Therefore, it is my pleasure to now pronounce them husband and wife.”

Example 2-

“Today, (Partner 1) and (Partner 2) honored you with their invitation to be present with them today for this ceremony. So, this day, they declare before all of us that they shall live together in marriage. In the traditional way, they entered into their marriage with the joining of hands, the making of vows and promises, and the giving and receiving of rings, an outward symbol of their voluntary commitment to one another. Therefore, it is my pleasure, that I now pronounce them husband and wife.”

Part 2- The Kiss

The celebrant will now invite you to kiss your bride or ask you to seal your union with a kiss. Some may choose to leave this part out.

Have a few practice kisses in the week leading up to your ceremony, it may sound silly but there is nothing worse than one member getting a bit more excited than the other and the photo is of one pulling away! If I happen to ask you to have another kiss, it may be because some hands went over the face during the first one or the photographer may have been signaling me for another one. If it seems like it is taking a while for me to say kiss her already, it may be because I can see the photographer isn’t quite in the right spot just yet.

Some examples of the kiss wording include-

Example 1-

“You may now kiss your bride”, "You may now kiss your groom"

Example 2 -

“You may now kiss your wife”, "You may now kiss your husband"

Example 3-

“I now invite (partner one) and (partner two) to seal the promise’s they have made to one another today with a kiss.”

Some details to consider in regards to the declaration and the kiss-

Even though you are getting married, consider how you would like your kiss to look on the day.

Do you want a long passionate kiss in front of Grandma or a more subtle kiss.

Discuss if a “dip” will be included in your kiss, if the dipped partner doesn’t know its coming, your photo will be of a terrified face instead of a happy one.

Consider how you would like to be referenced for the kiss- you may now kiss your bride, kiss your wife etc.