The Unity Sand Ceremony is a meaningful joining of two lives. In this timeless ritual of marriage, the couple ceremoniously pours various colors of sand from two separate containers into one special container, symbolizing their coming together as one.
The ceremony has controversial origins, some believing that it began with the Native Americans, and some insisting the Hawaiians were the ancestors of the legend. Whatever its origin, the Unity Sand Ceremony is a wonderful addition to any wedding, with passages from either Hawaiian or Native American weddings being easily incorporated into the ceremony.
Some couples prefer to leave a small amount of sand in their respective containers to show that even though they now function as one, they remain individuals.
One very symbolic version of this ceremony has the couple take a printed copy of their vows and roll it to form a cone, (see the picture at the top of this page), which is then inserted into the center vase & used to catch the remaining sand to be mixed after the individual layers have been poured. This has the effect of allowing the sand to mix more thoroughly before being released into the vase, and has the vows themselves ‘rubbing off’ onto the grains, forever to be locked in the vase with the blended sand.
The sand colors can be coordinated with your home décor, chosen based on colors you love personally, or any other meaningful reason. At the end of the ceremony, the vase is taken home and sits atop a shelf, a table or a mantle, beautifully symbolizing the start of your new life together.
The Unity Sand Ceremony can also be altered to include family and friends.
Besides the bride and groom, various colors of sand are given to parents, children and wedding party members who will add their sand to the couple’s sand, all flowing into the same container, creating a colorful symbol of unity, and a lasting keepsake of that special day.
Family members can also recite special vows as part of the ceremony, and children are especially drawn to using sand to symbolize the loving union of their new Mom and Dad.
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