Couples today are opting to do a Unity Sand Ceremony rather than the conventional Unity Candle Ceremony. It has embraced in the last few years by individuals who want to do beach weddings.
What Does the Sand in a Unity Sand Ceremony Symbolize?
Typically, the grains of sand are all symbolic of being immeasurable and timeless like the couples’ love for one another.
Pouring Sand from the Separate Containers into the Larger Keepsake Jar or Box
There are a couple of different methods to do this. They can choose between pouring the sand individually or together onto the larger keepsake jar to signify they union.
The other option would be to choose between pouring the ceremonial sand before, during or after reading their vows. As every person repeats a line of the vows, he or she pours the sand alternating until all the vows have been said.
Other Unity Sand Ceremonies have the bride and groom emptying their containers into the larger container to depict the union of the two.
Others might not require the couple to empty their containers completely of the ceremonial sand to symbolize that they are still individuals despite being enjoined in marriage.
If the wedding service is on the beach, there might be a sea shell next to the larger jar that the minister can use to scoop some sand right from the beach to use as a seal for the mixed sand the couple has already poured onto the larger jar.
Different Colours of Sand
Couples may use different colours of sand for their Unity Sand Ceremony. Most of them opt for colours that match their wedding theme.
Couple can choose regular uncoloured sand for the foundation and seal, with the bride pouring white sand and the groom black sand.
How Many Different Jars Are There in a Unity Sand Ceremony?
Typically, you’d have three or four containers for this sand ceremony. The bride and groom should each have one small jar that they will use to pour their sand onto the larger keepsake jar where they will be blended.
If the couple is using a foundation and seal poured by the minister officiating the marriage ceremony, then a third smaller container will be required.
A Few Tips for a Perfect Unity Sand Ceremony
Ascertain that the keepsake jar has a large enough opening to pour the sand into without any spillage. This is to avoid the embarrassment of spilling your sand during the very important unity sand ceremony you are having.
It is also imperative to do rehearsals before the main occasion. Through this, people will be able to understand their roles and what they need to do to make your unity sand wedding ceremony a success.