What is a kissing menu?
At a wedding, a kissing menu is a game of sorts. Traditionally, guests clink their glasses to encourage the newlywed couple to kiss, but if a kissing menu is provided, guests have to go one step further and complete one of the tasks on the menu that the bride and groom have decided on.
The kissing menu can feature all kinds of tasks, from sappy (e.g. “Give us your best advice for a long and happy marriage”) to silly (“Tell us a joke…if it makes us laugh, we’ll kiss!”) and anything in between. If guests complete a task successfully, the couple will kiss.
Here’s how one bride, Alexandra, described her 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?