Many of our clients dislike the custom of the Bride and Groom being ‘forced’ to kiss whenever glasses are clinked together. Some find it offensive. I know, from personal experience, that many of the guests like it and won’t understand why the Bride and Groom don’t want to “follow through” and KISS! So the question is often asked “What can I do that’ll satisfy my guests and make me comfortable?”
“Clinking” of glasses may have originated from the medieval days when wine was often spiked with poison. If a host wanted to prove to their guests that the wine wasn’t poisoned, he would pour part of the guest’s wine into his own glass and drink it first. If the guest trusted his host, he would just clink glasses when the host offered his glass for a sample. (Hence the clinking of glasses has become a sign of trust, honesty, and toast to good health.) Another explanation claims that the practice warded off evil spirits.
If your guests start clinking the glasses, don’t panic…. we have many delightful alternatives that you plan ahead to avoid kissing:
- Respond by tapping your Champagne glasses together (no kissing)
- Ask the guest (or the entire table of guests) who started the clinking to serenade you with a song that contains the word “LOVE”
- Tell your guests that you’ll kiss only if the “clinker“ makes a contribution to your favorite charity (have a “donation jar” ready)
- Ask the clinker to demonstrate how a really good kiss should look!
- Provide Wedding Bells – Place one wedding bell per table. Guests must ring the bell when they want you to kiss.
- Put funny instruction into balloons. When a guest clinks, they have to burst the balloon and follow whatever instructions are inside. The instructions can be funny but not embarrassing.
- The Bride and Groom kiss the first time glasses are clinked. Then every time glasses were clinked, the Bride and Groom draw a guests name out of a basket and make them kiss their date or partner. Or arrange ahead of time, that when guests start clinking the glasses, members of the Bridal Party will go and kiss their respective partner or date.
ATMOSPHERE PRODSUCTIONS can make the suggested announcement for the required responses to the clinking of the glass alternatives.
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