The Sand ceremony is a ceremony that can be a beautiful and meaningful addition to the wedding ceremony. All that is needed to perform this simple and yet beautiful ceremony are a set of three containers.
One of these containers is used by the bride and the groom to pour the sand into. The other two containers are meant to be used by each of them to pour the sand from. Most times the colored or plain sand can be found at most craft stores. Once the officiant of the wedding ceremony reads the wedding ceremony text chosen, the sand contained in the two containers held by the bride and the groom is poured into the third container simultaneously by each of them.
Most of the time both the bride and the groom wish to leave a small amount of sand in each of their containers to symbolize that although they are now joined as one, they each remain individuals.
Unification ceremonies such as the Sand Ceremony are not only a symbol of togetherness, they’re also flexible elements of a wedding. These ceremonies can also be opened up to include some of the important family members. Sometimes children from previous marriages also play a part in the sand ceremony.
The timing of the Sand Ceremony varies in each wedding. Most often they take place directly before or after the exchange of the vows. Sand ceremonies are especially important in non religious weddings.
Sample Wording For Your Sand Ceremony
_______ and _______, you have just sealed your relationship by the giving and receiving of rings and the exchange of a kiss, and this covenant is a relationship pledge between two people who agree that they will commit themselves to one another throughout their lives. The most beautiful example of this partnership is the marriage relationship. You have committed here today to share the rest of your lives with each other. Today, this relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand one, representing you, _______ and __________all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be, and the other representing you, _______, and all that you were and all that you are, and all that you will ever be. As these two containers of sand are poured into the third container, the individual containers of sand will no longer exist, but will be joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured again into the individual containers, so will your marriage be