Unity Sand Ceremony
The Sand ceremony can be a beautiful and meaningful addition to your wedding ceremony and usually occurs after the wedding ring exchange. The couple chooses a color of sand, and as the officiant performs the reading, the Bride & Groom pour their containers of sand into a larger vessel, symbolizing the blending of their lives.
Grains of Sand Ceremony
You have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings. This beautiful union is symbolized through the combining of these two individual containers of sand. The sand closest to BRIDE represents who she is… her personality, individuality, values and all of her life experiences that have made her the woman she is today. The sand nearest GROOM represents who he is… his ideals, thoughts, passion and life trials that have made him that stands before you.
Each container holds its own unique beauty, strength, and character. They can stand on their own and be whole, without need of anything else. However when these two are blended together they create a new and extraordinarily more intricate entity. Each grain of sand brings to the mixture a lasting beauty that forever enriches the combination.
Please pour the sand into this common container to symbolize the union of your two lives.
Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be a molding of two individual personalities, bonded together forming one heart and one love. The life that each of you experienced individually, before this moment, will hereafter be inseparably united, for the two become one.
The Long and Winding Road
There is a song that speaks of “a long and winding road” and before you met, your lives were on such a road… each going in different directions and seemingly leading to different destinations. But somewhere along the way you took a fork in the road to a destination called “love” and today you find yourselves standing together at the entrance of a new path that will join your once separate journeys into one.
Before each of you there is a container of sand. Each container represents the separate journeys you once were on. They also represent your own sets of friends and families that once were apart. I will ask that in a moment you both blend your individual container of sand together… representing the coming together of your friends and family, through your marriage, into one. And as the sand is blended into one container, your once solitary journeys will now be one of companionship, as you walk a single path together into your future. I now ask that you blend your containers of sand together.
As the sand has blended together, your lives are now joined. Your friends and families are as one as well, for now you will share those who are in your lives and will walk hand-in-hand along the path of your marriage… united and strong as husband and wife.