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Symbolize the Joining Of Your Souls With A Unity Sand Ceremony





Unity Sand Ceremony
Unity Sand Ceremony
If you're looking for a way to add to your wedding ceremony, why not consider a Unity Sand Ceremony? It's a perfect choice for outdoor weddings because you don't have to worry about a unity candle blowing out. And it creates a wonderful keepsake to remind you of your wedding day.

You can order the Unity Sand Ceremony supplies online (there are numerous vendors that sell the whole kit), but you can get all of your supplies much more inexpensively at your local craft store. You will need a large glass vase/container for the actual sand sculpture, and two smaller glass containers for the sand that represents the bride and groom. If you are combining families, you can add more containers for each child. One tip – make sure the openings are big enough – not only for the center container, but the smaller containers. There's nothing elegant about a groom smacking the bottom of the container like a ketchup bottle to release the sand.


A unity sand ceremony is meaningful and creates a lasting keepsake.


You can choose any color combination of sand to match your wedding colors. And if you want to get the mothers involved, you can have them pour a foundation of white sand at the bottom to symbolize their unending support for you both.

Be sure your ceremony venue sets up a table for you to place the materials for the unity sand supplies. In the photo, the bride and groom created their own platform and painted "memories" on one side and added photos of themselves on the other sides. Several years later I performed a baptism for their daughter and they used this same table.

Here is the reading I perform while the bride and groom pour the sand:

Bride name & Groom name, today you are making a life-long commitment to share the rest of your lives with each other. Your relationship is symbolized through the pouring of these two individual containers of sand into one. One container of sand represents you, Groom, and all that you were, all that you are, and all that you will ever be. The other container of sand represents you, Bride, and all that you were, all that you are and all that you will ever be. As each of you holds your container of sand, they represent your lives, up to this moment in time, as unique individuals. As you combine your sand together, your lives are joined together as one. Just as these grains of sand can never be separated and poured back into their respective individual containers; so shall your marriage be.

Wishing you well on your wedding day.
Peace and Joy,
Rev. Traci

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