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How to Have the Perfect First Kiss Photo

Here's how to make it a moment to remember.

One of the most notable moments is, of course, when the couple is pronounced married and seals their union with a kiss. It’s symbolic, romantic, and a great photo op.

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Although much of wedding planning is focused on the reception, as that’s where the bulk of your time will be spent, there’s no denying that the ceremony is the purpose of it all. One of the most notable moments is, of course, when the couple is pronounced married and seals their union with a kiss. It’s symbolic, romantic, and a great photo op. However, particularly for those who are uncomfortable with public displays of affection, it can also be kind of an awkward moment. Who can forget the scene in The Wedding Singer when Julia (Drew Barrymore) stresses about having a kiss that showcases love while also being appropriate for church? It’s certainly a delicate balance – one that should be made a bit easier with the below tips.

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Read on to discover how to have a kiss that goes beyond a schoolyard peck without crossing the line into making your guests feel like they’re getting a preview of your wedding night – all in the service of that perfect picture you can treasure forever. 

- Move in for the kiss slowly. You won’t bump your teeth in nervousness and it gives your photographer more opportunities – sometimes the buildup is as romantic as the actual moment.
- Maintain eye contact with each other while leaning in. Locking eyes with grandma beforehand might throw you off.

- Keep your eyes closed for the actual kiss, although you probably do that anyway. You don’t want to be worrying about your facial expression.
- Hold each other like you would normally, whether by the face, around the waist, or your arms draped around your spouse’s shoulders.

- Ask your beloved to practice with you a few times. You can even set a timer on your camera to get an idea of how it looks.
- Have the officiant step to the side so the picture is of just you and your sweetheart. This is something to bring up at the rehearsal.

- Kiss a little longer than might feel comfortable to help guarantee your photographer gets the shot, but don’t get sloppy. Keep it PG!

- Little kisses after the main kiss adds sweet romance and bonus chances for a great picture.

- Don’t be afraid to smile or even laugh a little. This is a happy moment!

Find out how to make things easier on your photographer and read a to-do list for your first year of marriage