A wedding ceremony most often concludes with a sweet kiss!

A fantastic and memorable kiss to top off a sweet and loving wedding ceremony is a beautiful forever memory for a couple. Some kisses are better than others. That’s just life.  graham

It might seem elementary to talk about “kissing”.

However, having been up close and personal to many wedding ceremonies over the years and having worked with lots of wonderful wedding photographers, I know one thing for sure: some couples are just better at the public “kissing thing” than others!

So, as you talk to your Sweetie about your wedding ceremony, take a moment to discuss what you both want and desire at the moment you “seal the deal.”

Do you want a big smooch? A small peck? An enthusiastic and energetic kiss?

No matter if your wedding ceremony is small and intimate or if you are being married in front of a ballroom filled with people who love you, here are four sweet tips for an outstanding and memorable smooch:

Hold it. Hold it. And hold it some more. That’s right! Take time for a nice long kiss at the end of your ceremony. This will help your photographer get some great photos and you are intentionally taking time to truly mark your “we’re married” moment with an authentic and romantic kiss.

Tell Your Officiant Or Minister to Get Out Of The Way! Nothing makes a wedding photographer more crazy than an Officiant or Minister who doesn’t move out of the “kiss photo” at the end of a ceremony.

An aware and “on it” Wedding Officiant or Minister will move out of the lens of a camera and to the right or left as they are making your pronouncement.

To insure this happens, confirm that your Officiant or Minister will move out of the line of sight when it comes to the end-of-ceremony kiss. This way, your wedding photographer will have the happy experience of capturing your kiss in a clean shot. Trust me, this makes for a fantastic photo!

2-For-1 Ceremony Kiss. Okay, picture this. You’ve just had your sweet kiss at the end of your ceremony and you take your partner’s arm or hand and begin to walk down the aisle. The Groom then stops mid-aisle and romantically cups the face of his Bride and gives her kiss with cheering and clapping family and friends lining the aisles. Talk about a wonderful moment!

Yes, this “mid-aisle kiss” may be orchestrated but here’s what is lovely about this opportunity:

Even if planned, few grooms actually remember to do this. It’s the act of “remembering” that touches the heart of a bride like no other. So, talk about possibly incorporating this aisle kiss into your recessional to create a very touching wedding moment.

“10” Cards Or “Message” Cards. If you have a lot of members in your wedding party and want to do something fun, have them hold up “10” cards while you are kissing!

This surprise stuns guests and creates such joy at the end of a wedding ceremony. Yes, this move needs to be elegantly and quickly coordinated by your Officiant or Minister.

One of the best ways to execute this is to have the Officiant or Minister hand cards to the Best Man and Best Lady as he or she is about to pronounce the couple. These cards can also be hidden on a small side table or in the binder/folder held by the Officiant and the passing of the cards can be quickly done by two members of the wedding party.

Annemarie Juhlian is a Wedding Officiant and Contemporary Minister based in Seattle, Washington. She creates personalized wedding ceremonies for couples of all faiths and traditions and loves working with a couple to create a hugely unique and memorable wedding ceremony. www.marriedbyannemarie.com

Photo:  Graham and Chrystal’s beautiful wedding ceremony at Snoqualmie Golf & Country Club – see, you don’t see me!