Back in the day, if you wanted the bride and groom to kiss at the wedding reception, you clinked your glass. Others joined in, and the cacophony ultimately forces the newlyweds to stand and lay one on each other.
In the past decade, though, this practice has fallen out of fashion. Now, every wedding I go to has some creative means to get the couple to kiss. Often these methods inflict a greater burden on the kiss-requester. No more simple glass-clinking for you, no sir! Recent methods I’ve observed:
- Your table has to stand and sing a song.
- Your table has to assemble a top-five list associated with the bride and groom, and read it at the podium (check out the card they provided at each place setting).
- This was the most creative I’d seen. It was for a cross-border marriage of an American and a Canadian. A delegate from your table goes to the front of the room, where there’s a map of North America. The map only has the outlines of states and provinces–no names. There are two jars. One holds chits of paper with the names of states, while the other holds provinces. If you’re Canadian, you grab a state, and then must place it on the map correctly. If you’re correct, the couple kisses. If you’re wrong, no liplock. You’d think this would favour the Americans, but actually there seemed to be far more south-facing awareness, so it worked out pretty evenly.
What other methods have you seen? Or have I just been lucky to attend clinking-free nuptials?