The Purpose of the Wedding Sand Ceremony


For countless years, the Unity Candle has been the sign of the joining of two families with the wedding of their children. We are seeing a modification in this custom as more pairs have combined families with more than one set of parents. Oftentimes step-parents will be existing at the ceremony. Instead of having to select who will light the two candles representing the family of the bride and groom, why not create your own single way to join all of the family members?

More and more couples are selecting to have The Sand Ceremony during their celebration as an alternative of the lighting of the Unity Candle. While some may not have heard of this ceremony, it is becoming fairly famous, especially during beach weddings. A table is located near the front of the ceremony site and can be decorated with your wedding theme in mind. In the center of the table, a single vase will be positioned. This is the only old part of the ceremony as this vase will hold the individual gifts or contribution from each special person that will take part in the ceremony.

Often times, the couple will select two colors of sand here, one for the bride’s family and one for the groom’s. As each parent walks down the aisle, he or she will walk to the sand table and pour in a minor amount of their color of sand, flashing colors as they signify the joining the families. The lesser container can be approved by the parent or the bride and groom might select to set the containers around the Unity Vase on the table. This way, the parent can just walk to the table, pick up their designated container, which can be considered with place card holders, and pour the sand into the Unity Vase. We are also seeing more and more couples including their grandparents into the ceremony, whether they are existing or no longer with us. Must the couple click to view and choose that they want each generation represented, they must include a minor container of sand to signify the grandparents as well.

Once the parents are seated, the celebration of nuptial takes place. The couple will walk to the table and pour in the remaining two containers of sand and seal the Unity Vase near the end of the ceremony. The couple might even ask to have the vase holy if they are having a spiritual wedding ceremony.

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