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communion after vows?

Hello all!  My FH and I decided long ago that we would like to take personal communion during our ceremony.  This would only be a short personal communion with a worship song and brief prayer. (all of the details aren't definite)  We have decided we would like to take communion immediately after our vows...  I think it would be special for our first "act" as husband and wife to be communion.  Then, of course, we would have our celebratory kiss after our pastor presents us.  I know that this makes the order of service rather untraditional, but what are your thoughts?

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    fpaemp2011fpaemp2011 member
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    edited December 2011
    I've been to several weddings where the bride and groom say their vows, exchange rings, and then during the Unity Candle/Sand/Cord song, they take communion as well.  It helps eliminate the {sometimes} awkward gap where the two of you are just staring at each other after the 5 seconds it takes to light the candle, and the congregation won't be as likely to feel awkward when it's just the two of you taking communion if there's a song playing that they can listen to while the pastor serves the two of you. 
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    kkidd28kkidd28 member
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    edited December 2011
    I love the idea! I think it's good!
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    edited December 2011
    I think it's a great idea! DH and I toyed with the idea of doing that at our wedding, too, in lieu of the unity candle. (Now, I kinda wish we had done communion instead, but only because our ceremony was outdoors and even the hurricanes didn't prevent the 60 mph gusts of wind from repeatedly blowing the candles out.)
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    ally117ally117 member
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    edited December 2011

    Thanks for the feedback and support! :)

    Courtney- hurricane force winds?! That is awful!  Being from the Florida Panhandle, I completely understand the issue with difficult weather during hurricane season.

    I appreciate the input, and fpaemp2011, I completely agree about the awkwardness that sometimes happens during "gaps" in the ceremony.  btw, I think we might have the same wedding date.  June 11, 2011? :) almost a year to go!

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    edited December 2011
    lol. I don't think my post was clear. We put our candles in hurricanes to prevent the wind from blowing them out. 60 mph winds did happen, but that's actually pretty normal year round. Their were no actual hurricane winds. We live in west Texas where it's really flat, and their aren't many trees, so there's nothing to really stop the winds. As a result, our wind comes at insane speeds. Normally I don't mind, though, because it's always really hot. (Today our high is 107!)
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    ally117ally117 member
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    edited December 2011
    Courtney - haha... you're right, I didn't understand.  60mph winds though are plenty close enough to a hurricane! (at least without the downpour of rain) :)  I do understand the heat though... we're up in the 90s with nearly 100% humidity! (yep, it's bad news for any girl wanting a good hair day)
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    felkelsfelkels member
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    edited December 2011
    during our ceremony, we are doing the unity candle and a foot washing ceremony while a friend plays Matthew West's song, When I Say I Do (I found the song on this board!)  Then, the first act as a married couple will be communion.  We are having our pastor perform the ceremony, but have asked my childhood pastor to be involved by presenting communion.  I don't knwo how it is all going to work yet (34 days away!) , but I love that idea.
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    edited December 2011
    Ew. Humidity is aweful. We don't get too much humidity. Most people say "but it's a dry heat" to most anyone who comments on how hot we get as soon as people say it. I did find out that I prefer 90 degree whether without humidity to 80 degree weather with a ton of humidity when we went on our honeymoon. The humidity was terrible. The entire trip, my whole body was completely drenched in sweat. It was disgusting.
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