Kissing the Bride

Pronouncements & Kisses

If you’ve ever been to a wedding or seen one in the movies, you’ve heard a pronouncement. The typical pronouncement goes like this, “I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride!” It’s when the officiant announces the marriage and sets the stage for the big smooch.

Did you know there’s more than one way to pronounce a couple (MANY more in fact)? If you’re looking for something less traditional or more formal, there are options. If you want something more feminist or more inclusive, there are options. If you’re looking for something unique that speaks to you as a couple, then you’re in the right place.

Below we’ve gathered some sample pronouncements to inspire you to find the right one for your ceremony.


Many traditional pronouncements are written for a husband and wife (or “man and wife”). But if that language doesn’t resonate with you, ditch it. Don’t let traditional language and outdated ideas dictate how you are presented at your wedding. We can help you create a pronouncement that represents who you are. Here are some other titles you can use instead of husband and wife:

Wife and Husband

Husband and Husband

Wife and Wife

Legally Wed


Spouses for Life

Partners for Life

(insert your own ideas here)

Bride and Groom

The Kiss

Most pronouncements end with the line, “You may now kiss the bride!” If that seems old fashioned and too traditional for you, you don’t have to include it. You can remove the line altogether or change it to:

  • You may seal your promise/union/marriage with a kiss

  • And now for your first kiss as a married couple

  • You may kiss

  • You may share a kiss

  • I invite you to seal your promise with a kiss

  • Let’s begin the adventure of marriage with a kiss

  • Now might be a good time to kiss

  • (insert your own creative ideas here)