The Unity Sand Ceremony has become a popular way to celebrate the coming together of the bride and groom and the joining of two lives. This ceremony is able to replace the unity candle portion of the wedding ceremony and provides a keepsake that will last a lifetime.
After the exchange of rings, the celebrant explains the meaning of the sand ceremony. The couple then come together, and pour into one container, the two individual vials of sand. Their flowing together is a symbol of the joining of the couple as they share their first experience of union as husband and wife. The newly formed joining together is represented by the mixed pattern of sand created by the couple.
This sand version is not only beautiful and interesting but is often more suitable for an outdoor setting where the candle ceremony can be affected by the natural elements.
The Unity Sand Ceremony is a fresh alternative to the popular unity candle ceremony included into many of today’s weddings. The real meaning is to symbolise the coming together of two individuals into a lifelong partnership.
In those cases where children are involved, couples simply add additional colours of sand and in this way the children can become a significant part of this moving ceremony.