What’s a Unity Sand Ceremony?

In the past few years, it has become a popular wedding tradition to incorporate a Sand Ceremony into the wedding ceremony. It’s a simple, and visually appealing part of the wedding ceremony.  It represents the blending of two people’s lives – the bride & groom – and in many cases it can represent the blending of two families when the bride and groom have children from previous unions.  The sand contains many small particles that would be impossible to separate….so the lives of the bride and groom become intertwined and impossble to separate.

A Unique Sand Ceremony Kit

A Unique Sand Ceremony Kit

In the Unity Sand Ceremony there are usually three vessels or containers – one large container and two smaller vases or containers.  Two vases have colored sand – one for the bride and one for the groom and there is a larger container that the bride and groom pour their sand into.

Sand Ceremony Kit with Hearts in Black & White

Sand Ceremony Kit with Hearts in Black & White

During the ceremony the wedding officiant usually has a special script that he reads that guides the couple in the ceremony and explains how the pouring of the sand will signify the blending of their two lives.  If children are to be included in this ceremony they would also have smaller vases with their own color of sand that they could add to the larger vessel showing that their lives are also being blended in unity.

Beautiful Sand Ceremony Vases with Heart Stems

Beautiful Sand Ceremony Vases with Heart Stems

This wedding custom has become a treasured keepsake because it can be personalized to the theme of the wedding in that the sand comes in a variety of colors and the sand can be placed in many different types of holders or vases.  Many retailers offer Sand Ceremony Kits that can be personalized with the names of the wedding couple and other information like the wedding date thus making this wedding custom a very personal treasure for years to come.

Variety of Sand Colors

Variety of Sand Colors