Kiss the bride
Posted by Tineke on April 15, 1998 at 04:23:16:
In response to The fallen tree, written by Caroline on April 13, 1998 at 21:09:36
] what say you to the specific case of the newlywed Knightley's kissing in front of everyone outside the church - is that an "extenuating" enough circumstance?
] I'd say that this was a respected ritual , expected part of the goings-on, a sign that all is well with the happy couple. After all,the vicar says, as part of the marriage ceremony, "Now you may kiss the bride."
] Doesn't the photographer at a modern wedding insist on this bit of ceremonial?
I think this "kiss the bride" thing is something they had to add to make it more realistic to the American public. Here, the vicar NEVER tells the groom that he's allowed to kiss the bride. Even, nowadays it's uncommon! I've been to several weddings but I've never seen the bride and groom kiss in church or right after the ceremony. You only see them kiss on the party afterwards or when they're posing for photos. This "you may kiss the bride" thing is something I've only seen in American movies. So I don't think that in England, during the regency period, the bride and groom would be kissing in public.
Also my mum told me that one of her cousins never kissed his fiancee/bride until they were in the carriage, just like in P&P. And this was only about 50 years ago.
- Not just in American movies MB 17:18:40 4/20/98 (0)
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