Post # 1
Are any of you ladies playing a role in serving the elements? My fiance and I have gotten permission from our priest to have one communion station at the chancel steps. The priest would be in between us giving out the host, and we would be on either side of him serving the wine.
The church only permits red wine to be used, so I’m naturally a little nervous about my pretty white dress! Have any of you been to or heard of a wedding where the bride acted as a chalicist? Any advice, or stories of woe?
I’ve only seen it once before, but it was a Methodist wedding where they used white grape juice…not an option for us. Thanks, everyone!
Post # 3
I’ve never heard of the bride and groom doing that before, but I think it is cool!
I wouldn’t worry about the wine spilling. I’ve never seen any of the wine get spilled before (especially because it is not allowed to be spilled). If you are still worried, one thing I have seen is that at some churches, the rim of the chalice is wiped after each sip. Maybe you could ask your priest about that to give you some extra protection.
Post # 4
I love this idea….going to have to store that one away for our big day. Thanks for sharing! And I wouldn’t worry about spilling – I’ve never seen wine get spilled during communion.
Post # 5
That’s an awesome idea! I’ve never heard of it before, but I love it!
Post # 6
My fiance and I are doing the same thing. It hadn’t occured to me to worry about spilling! I’ve never spilled the cup before when serving as a Eucharistic Minister, so hopefully I won’t start then. Maybe I’ll offer up an extra prayer and hope for the best!
Post # 7
@Jacqui: Yeah, we’re really excited, as it’s such an intimate spiritual moment spent individually with each of our guests. We also like that our first act as a married couple will be to share the Eucharist with our family and friends. My church does have the cloth to wipe the rim, so I will definitely make sure to use one.
@Miss Scarlet: I’m sure it will go well for you too! I don’t have much experience with this, but maybe I’ll practice at home on my family. 🙂
Thanks, everyone, for the words of encouragement!
Post # 8
A friend of mine did this at her wedding. Well, it was a Lutheran wedding and she and her husband are in seminary, so they distributed the bread.
Here’s my words of encouragement…have you ever, ever, ever seen an EM spill the wine? You’ll be fine! People will be extra careful anyway. You could always ask if you can help distribute the bread.
Post # 9
Thanks for this idea! I’m going to ask our priest about it when we start deciding the details for the ceremony 🙂
Post # 10
That is such a nice idea! And I agree with PPs, I’ve never seen anyone spill, so you should be fine!