You must have been to weddings and you will hear the wedding officiator say to the groom ‘You May now kiss the Bride’.
It’s a popular custom for couples to kiss immediately after tying the knot.
Many men always wait for that golden moment when they can boldly kiss their bride in front of the whole world and not get crucified for it. Kissing the bride is a custom that has been passed down for hundreds of years.
The origin of the practice may not be entirely romantic. kissing has a historical element based in ancient Rome that’s more transactional. In an age of widespread illiteracy, kisses served to seal agreements; thus the expression “to seal with a kiss”
It is claimed by several accounts that during the reign of the Roman empire, [753 BC to 27 BC and then from 64 AD to 1453 AD.], it is believed that the bride and the groom would not have kissed each other until the time of their wedding.
The kiss after the exchange of vows is seen traditionally as their first kiss ever.
Another reason why kissing after the vows became a thing was because marriages were seen as contracts and in Roman times, kissing was a legal bond that sealed all contracts.
So, the couple would kiss as a seal to the marriage contract they concluded.
Although the phrase “You may now kiss the bride” doesn’t appear in the official sacrament of most religious ceremonies, some historians would argue that the big-day kiss first became a tradition in houses of worship. In Catholic ceremonies, for example, the priest would give the groom a “kiss of peace,” which the groom would then pass on to his new wife. In other religions the kiss illustrates the often-invoked theme that “two become one.” In some cultures-both ancient and modern-the wedding kiss is understood to be the couple’s first, giving it a potentially awkward (but often rather sweet) quality.
Today the practice is expected in all weddings.