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Can You Hear the Bells Ring? It's Smooching Time!


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Mary Mary
Quite contrary,
How does your wedding go?
With a wishing well and kissing bells,
And place cards all in a row. 

My husband and I had attended numerous weddings before our own and thought we had all aspects covered. Not even close! We had somehow slipped through the “Kissing Bell” tradition. We don’t recall this trend at the weddings we had been to, so when we were all seated ready to start the reception we were confused as to why everyone was clinking their glasses. Was someone about to make a speech? Really? We just sat down! Mike and I looked at everyone, waiting for whoever it was to stand up and talk but they didn’t. Our guests grinned straight back at us. “Okay maybe you have to say something, you know like in court – tell them to stop clinking’. I nudged hubby in the ribs to get him up off his seat.

After a few minutes our guests cottoned on that we were obviously slow on the uptake and started chanting “kiss, kiss, kiss!” Oh okay then! We puckered up to the cheers and whistles; and then looked about as our food was now being brought out to the tables. I had not eaten anything other than a marshmallow earlier that day and my tummy was growling. Just as we were about to start eating, someone started “clinking” again. More chants, another kiss followed by cheers and whistles. Every five minutes we had to stop and smooch. My poor cheeks were squished and rosy red as hubby would go to town on an elaborate smooch. Talk about rock star! He loved the attention. Fearing my jaw was about to become dislocated I decided to turn the tables! A-ha! If I started clinking then they would all have to pucker up to those next to them. Yes! So Mike and I would reciprocate the clink and it turned out to be quite a funny game and got everyone talking to each other.

A few other little tricks up our sleeve for the night involve getting my dad to ask everyone there that had keys to mine and Mike’s places to step up now and return them. Mike and his family had no idea about this and were intently watching what was going on as all the men lined up at our table and placed my keys down in front of my bouquet. Then Dad asked for the women to return Mike’s keys. No one moved… His family were craning their necks trying to see who would get up, when all of a sudden my Uncle stormed up to the table, threw the key in Mike’s hat and hissed “bitch” at me. That was it; Mike and his family fell into hysterical laughter and clapping. No one saw it coming. Very funny and my parents put that one together!

Before the garter game my mum and I snuck off to the bathroom where I tucked a ginormous pair of knickers into my garter for Mike to find. He goes in to pull the garter off my leg using his teeth. Thinking he has it, he climbed out from under my dress and confused unfolded the giant pair of panties. These were then flung about and last I saw, Mike’s uncle was dancing the Nut Bush with them wrapped around his head.

It is the little bits of silliness that can make a wedding and bring the families in closer over the sharing of a joke. If you like the idea of the kissing game, save the reception venues’ glassware (no clinking of knives on glass) and pick up some beautiful silver kissing bells from Pink Frosting.

Just make sure that the Bride and Groom also have their own bells to get back at the guests!



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