With over a century of experiencein hosting show-stopping weddings, The Chester Grosvenor is certainly nostranger to the dos and dont’s of wedding etiquette. A couples’ first kiss as amarried couple is said to be the most important andmeaningful one they will share. However, with family and friends eagerly watchingand potential cultural differences and traditions to take into consideration,this pivotal moment can cause a certain degree of nervous anticipation andstress.
To commemorate National Kissing Dayon 6th July, here The Chester Grosvenor gives its five top tips onkissing etiquette:
It’s a good idea to be mindful ofyour own preferences about public displays of affection, as well as yourguests’. Some families are more reserved than others and cultural differencesmay mean that a Hollywood-worthy smooch isn’t appropriate. This can also besaid for wedding ceremonies held in certain high churches or houses of worship;it’s advisable to check with the vicar or registrar beforehand.
Time is of the Essence
A quick peck is far too brief andpassionless for such a momentous occasion, so the aim should be a short but sweetmiddle ground that brings the ceremony to a joyful close. Think back to PrinceWilliam and Kate Middleton’s famous balcony kiss at the 2011 Royal Wedding.Brief but affectionate and entirely appropriate for a traditional Anglicanservice.
Choose a Suitable Lipstick
A pillarbox red lipstick may look striking in photographs, but smeared across yourhusband or wife’s face? Not so much. When choosing the perfect wedding daylipstick, it’s crucial to pick one with a long-wearing and drying formula thatwill continue to look flawless after eating, drinking and, of course, kissing!Matte liquid lipsticks are a great way to achieve this without compromising ona bold colour.
Posture and Position
Nobody wants to go in for a kissonly to collide foreheads with their prospective husband or wife. Approachcarefully and don’t rush – it’s a happy moment to be savoured, after all! Thecouple should stand at a comfortable distance, especially if there’s aconsiderable height difference involved. Motionless arms are a no-no; anembrace or holding hands looks far more natural and photogenic.
Don’t Overthink It
This may be easier said than done,but the more relaxed the couple are, the less staged and fumbled the kiss willappear. If the couple in question are preoccupied with trying to do everything perfectly,the chances are the kiss will look awkward and detract from the special momentthat it’s supposed to be. Ultimately, the day is a celebration, not aperformance. There’s no point in creating unnecessary anxiety with a rehearsedkiss – it’s supposed to be a relaxed moment that indicates the first excitingchapter of married life.
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