I had a lovely bride yesterday want to have a unity sand ceremony at her beach wedding on Hamilton Island in January, but she didn’t know how it works. I thought it was the perfect excuse to post about the unity sand ceremony and how you can incorporate it into your wedding ceremony.
What is the Unity Sand Ceremony?
The Unity Sand Ceremony is a modern take on the traditional wedding unity ceremony. Brides and grooms use the unity ceremony to symbolise their love and commitment to one another in marriage. Usually, for the traditional unity ceremony there is a single candle (the unity candle) that both bride and groom light from a flame of their own taper candles. Parents or other members of the wedding party often join in the candle lighting ceremony using candles of their own, too.
The Unity Sand Ceremony takes this lovely wedding tradition a step further, . In this ritual, the couple pours various colours of sand from separate containers into one special container, the unity vase, symbolising the joining of two lives as one family. The brillant part of this ceremony is the couple gets to keep the vase filled with sand as a reminder of their wedding day, forever more in their home.
What do you need for the Unity Sand Ceremony?
You only require a beautiful vase and unity sand in colours that represent you both perfectly to make the unity sand ceremony work for you. Like any part of your wedding day, finding a vase and colours that represents your wedding theme and your individuality as a new family is really the hardest part! Pink Frosting’s wedding shop offers three types of vases for your wedding sand ceremony representing both modern, romantic and traditional brides and grooms. Each of these not only work beautifully on your wedding day, but also make a gorgeous ornament in your home.
The Unity Sand Ceremony Itself
To perform the unity sand ceremony, the easiest way is to follow these simple steps:
1) The Groom pours a portion of his sand into the central glass vase to create layer 1.
2) The Bride then pours a portion of her sand into the same central vase to create layer 2.
3) The Groom then adds another layer of his sand to create layer 3.
4) The Bride continues to add another layer of sand to complete layer 4.
5) To complete the Unity Sand Ceremony, the Groom and Bride seal their union by pouring the balance of their sand simultaneously into the central vase.
The vows for the ceremony vary and most couples prefer to write their own, but you may want to consider including words about the joining of your souls as one complete family in your vows. Talk with your celebrant about how they like to incorporate this ceremony into your wedding day rituals.