Of course it is right.
According to history, in time past, deals were sealed with a kiss. Agreements were reached with a kiss.
So when you say "I do", you are saying you agree to the terms and conditions of the marriage which the pastor had already stated for you.
For richer for poorer, for better for worse and all those other terms.
Asking the couple to kiss in the presence of the congregation is just an attestation to the fact that the deal was reached in the presence of other people.
Yes it is
When people say it is wrong to kiss your wife then I don't know the biblical backings to that. Unless they want to tell me it is indecent to do that infront of the eyes beholding them. I see nothing wrong with this and that kiss during a marriage celebration signifies a union. A kiss as simple as it is seals the union and strengthens the union.
In fact, the kiss during a marriage celebration in Church should be the first kiss the couples are sharing. When you veil a woman, it signifies her purity and wholeness. As husband and wife, when that veil is lifted, you unveil your prize and gift. Your other half and to completely come into unity, you kiss her.
There is nothing wrong for the pastor to ask the couple to kiss each other during the marriage celebration and there is nothing also wrong if he doesn't.
It is not wrong.
I am quickly learning that there are somethings which are not right for everyone. But what is wrong is usually wrong for everyone.
To persons who are against the 'whole world' see them share a kiss because they think it should be done privately, it is not right.
To persons who see nothing wrong with it because the just got the licence to kiss publicly, it is right.
However, looking at it from the fact that they are married, and the fact that marriage is holy and the agreement have been entered upon, it is not wrong.
So, Is it right for a pastor to ask the couple to kiss each other during the marriage celebration in church?
It is not wrong.
Personally, I think there is not right or wrong about this issue. It is a matter of understanding and the mission's standard.
Firstly, it is not wrong for a married couple to kiss, either it is done in public or in private, they are married and even the church agrees that they can make any romantic move towards each other. This means for the couple, kissing is very right.
Now to the issue of the place where the kiss is taking place - **_You can now kiss the bride_** is just a public show of love, the seal upon a new joining. It is not a show on its own, it's just for few seconds so I do not see any harm that it does to anyone. Of any mission disagrees with this however, they have their reasons and it could be very valid.