You May Kiss the Bride!

@emmanola (482)
May 16, 2009 3:48pm CST
The custom during wedding ceremony is a point where the officiating minister (or who ever is in charge) invites the groom to kiss the bride. I'm sure all of us should have heard "You may kiss the bride" many times in real life and in movie. My question is, what is so special about kissing the bride? Isn't it just a show of hypocrisy knowing that many couples nowadays have slept with each other before deciding to tie the knot. If that is so, then what's special about kissing the bride on wedding day? It seems I sound like an old school. What I'm driving at is that we should be sincere enough to scrap customs and traditions that are no longer in line with the current realities. Please I'll appreciate your opinion on this subject otherwise, you may not kiss the bride!
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
16 May 09
I believe it's symbolic, representing the first kiss as husband and wife. It doesn't have anything to do with how many times the couple has kissed in the past...this is the first step in a new journey as a married couple. Personally, I have no problem with old customs and traditions. They remind us of who we are and where we came from.
@khayshenz (1387)
• United States
16 May 09
Ahhhh - great answer (to a good question). I agree 100%. Newlyweds go through the whole "first ...." as husband and wife - and the kissing of the bride is the first display of affection as a married couple. And in traditional weddings, after the kissing (that somewhat seals the deal) - the minister says "I present you Mr and Mrs. blah blah" - what's the significance of that?
@emmanola (482)
17 May 09
As a christian, marriage is holy and any form of immorality is not acceptable. I feel the assumption during wedding is that the couple has never been involved in any unholy "contact" before the day of wedding (that's the essence of the white robe of the bride signifying holiness or purity). However, we've polluted God's ordained institution of marriage by our actions. This is not meant to be so and that's why the "kiss" during wedding is considered very important. I wonder why it's taking the church ages to condemn the ungodly ways of the couples they wed. No problem, the officiating ministers will answer to God. No apology for being an old school!
@underdogtoo (9601)
• Philippines
17 May 09
I am not so calloused or unhappy that I would complain about this. So what? I think the groom can kiss the bride anytime. Cheers!!
@emmanola (482)
17 May 09
Yes, the groom is free to kiss the bride anytime after marriage. However, if there is no restraint before marriage, then your guess is as good as mine. It's annoying because we are now at a time when it is easy to brand evil as good.