The Kissing Menu

Image courtesy of Southern Style Weddings, photographed by Woodward+Rick Photographers

Southern Style Weddings recently posted a really awesome Real Wedding photographed by Woodward+Rick Photographers featuring Alexandra & Jeremy who were recently married in the mountains of North Carolina. The image above is simply a snippet of the entire board chock full of amazingly gorgeous images. Of course you can get the full details of their fabulous barn encased soirée over at SSW, but I wanted to highlight an idea from the bride that was simply adorable: the Kissing Menu.

Image courtesy of Southern Style Weddings

Here’s how Alexandra described this Kissing Menu:

My husband put together a great list of toast alternatives ”“ instead of simply kissing when a bell was rung or a glass was clinked, we put our guests to work. Jeremy created a mini menu that listed some fun kissing alternatives. Guests could either serenade us with a song (the “Singapore Sing”), demonstrate a kiss for the bride and groom to copy (the “Carolina Kiss”), recite a limerick about love (the “Irish Blessing”) or share some time-honored marriage advice (the “French Toast”). Some amazing talent came out of the woodwork that night, including a tag-team comedic rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and a few kisses that we can’t copy for you here.

Isn’t this so friggin’ adorable? I’m sitting here spinning ideas around that I could incorporate into my own Kissing Menu on our big day. I love the Irish Blessing and the French Toast, as Mr. Pomegranate and I have both Irish and French in our lineage, but the Singapore Sing and Carolina Kiss don’t apply. Here’s our sample menu, with a couple custom additions at the end:

The Pomegranate’s Kissing Menu
The better the performance, the longer the kiss!

The Irish Blessing
Recite a limerick regarding love.

The French Toast
Share some time-honored marriage advice.

The Kiss Me Kate
Serenade the bride and groom with a song – preferably song and dance – of your choice.

The Embarrassed Embrace
Share a funny story involving both you and either the bride or groom.

What would you serve on the Kissing Menu at your wedding?


Mrs. Pomegranate

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October 2015
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  1. espresso Member
    espresso 1308 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:09 pm

    I love this idea! And very nice spin on the Kiss Me Kate :)

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    Brianna, Guest @ 3:22 pm

    I was wondering how this whole kissing menu works. I love the idea. Is it something guests do at a particular time? Do they ask the DJ for the mic and take the floor? That could be a fun twist!

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    shibaby 202 posts, Helper bee @ 3:39 pm

    I am a bit cnofused by how it works, as well.

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    Emma, Guest @ 4:17 pm

    I’ve been to several weddings in the past where the bride and groom did something similar to this. In my experience, the guests approach Master of Ceremonies, who makes an announcement to the crowd. The guest can then tell a story, recite a poem, etc. It’s really fun – definitely livens up the dinner!

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    misscookie 795 posts, Busy bee @ 4:23 pm

    So clever! I especially love the Embarrassed Embrase!

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    Alexandra, Guest @ 4:35 pm

    Hi ladies – this is Alexandra, of the wedding that’s featured in this post.

    I wanted to comment and help Brianna and shibaby out. All of the kisses happened during our seated dinner and dessert. We chose to simply have the guests get our attention their own way instead of using a dj or the microphone/speaker set up – that way things were more organic and happened as they did, and guests weren’t sharply interrupted from their meals to some loud voices. Everyone was able to catch the excitement, though, as they noticed when our guests simply stood up and circled our table, stood at their own table and started singing or clinked their glasses.

    Any more questions? Ask away! I’ll come back and leave some comments.

    A friend of mine sent me a message saying she saw my wedding on Wedding Bee and I didn’t believe her! I stalked you guys for months before my wedding last September – I’m honored!

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    mspomegranate 961 posts, Busy bee @ 5:00 pm

    @Alexandra: Thanks for the clarification Alexandra! That’s exactly how I imagined it working! Were there any special instructions that you put on the Menu itself, to make for better encouragement to participate?

    BTW – If I didn’t say it enough already, your wedding was amazingly gorgeous!

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    Brian Woodward, Guest @ 5:33 pm

    Hello Miss Pomegranate,

    We are flattered that you found our images interesting enough to publish on your blog, Alex + Jeremy’s wedding was certainly a gorgeous event. The images however are not courtesy of Southern Style Weddings but are the property of Woodward + Rick Photographers, Will you please be kind enough to attach an appropriate photo credit with our images? We’re sure this was just an oversight. We think your blog is lovely and we are honored to have our images featured but I’m sure most professional photographers appreciate and require a photo credit with any of their images that are published.

    Thanks so much and please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you ever need any other images for your posts.

    Brian Woodward
    owner & principle photographer
    Woodward + Rick Photographers
    North Carolina-Eastern US

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    Alexandra, Guest @ 5:46 pm

    Miss Pomegranate –

    I can’t remember off the top of my head re: instructions on the menu. I don’t believe we did – but I’m going to see if I can get the original copy of the kissing menu (my husband has it on his computer) and share with you just exactly what we wrote.


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    Brian Woodward, Guest @ 5:55 pm

    Miss P,

    Thank you!!!!

    brian + gry
    Woodward + Rick Photographers

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    greentea 765 posts, Busy bee @ 8:01 pm

    I’m so jealous you get to do this. I wanted to do that too but for several reasons it just won’t work out. It’d be so cool to bring out the guests’ hidden talents though!

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    Clucks and Smooches » Weddingbee » The Wedding Blog, Guest @ 2:10 pm

    […] by Miss Pomegranate’s nifty kissing menu idea, I thought I’d share what we required of guests who wanted to see us kiss. We refused to give […]

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    Annie, Guest @ 3:41 pm

    wonderful & unique idea

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    Lara @ Southern Weddings, Guest @ 10:51 pm

    Isn’t this just the best idea?! I love every single image. Gorgeous wedding, incredible location, a truly gracious couple, and some of the most amazing photography I have seen! Woodward + Rick captured the details beautifully. Thanks for the post~

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    Amy, Guest @ 6:16 pm

    My FH and I were trying to come up with something similar to this for our wedding. What we came up with is to name our tables after our favorite movies and if our guests wanted us to kiss, they had to say a line from movie that their table was named. To make things a bit harder for them, we will place people strategically, like the grandparents at the Juno table…

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    QueenoftheClick 94 posts, Worker bee @ 10:59 pm

    I love the kissing menu – that gives a whole new flair to the kissing!

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    AwesomeNiks 154 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:40 am

    Love this idea!!!

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    Clucks and Smooches » Two Wishes, Guest @ 9:29 pm

    […] by Miss Pomegranate’s nifty kissing menu idea, thought I’d share what we required of guests who wanted to see us kiss.  We refused to give […]

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