Although wedding sand ceremonies or unity sand ceremonies have been there for a very long time, they are now becoming popular at a time when many people are leaving their traditions, for instance, the unity candle ceremony.
There is no clear origin of this ceremony, but some people believe that it was first practiced by either the Native Americans or the Hawaiians, and that this practice symbolizes the nature of marriage. Initially, the bride together with the groom would each pick a handful of sand and then throw it to the wind. The small grains of sand would become combined and it would be impossible to separate them, and this symbolized the marriage of the couple.
The present sand ceremony wedding is mostly part of the wedding ceremony, and it takes place usually after the two get married. This is supposed to be their initial task that they jointly do together after marriage.
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How a Sand Wedding Ceremony Works
Here are four simple steps of a basic sand wedding ceremony.
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1. A small table is placed at the center of the sand wedding ceremony location and a glass vase placed on the center of the table. This is usually engraved or accessorized with the name and initials of the couple and the wedding date.
2. Two small vases are placed on either side of the big glass vase, and the two contain differently colored sands one to represent the gloom and the next representing the bride. The color of the sands can match that of your wedding.
3. In the sand wedding ceremony, the groom and bride take turns in pouring the sand from their smaller vases into the big vase, and create different layers.
4. The last step involves pouring of the sand into the big glass vase at the same time to combine the two colors so that they can’t be separated, and this signifies their unity through marriage. Sometimes there can be a reading or poem as they pour the sand together.
Three different unity sand wedding ceremonies.
1. Religious variations.
2. Parents’ differences.
3. Children differences.
Sand ceremony weddings are often ideal for outdoor or informal weddings, especially beach weddings since the sand can be collected from the venue, and this will give the wedding more impact. In case you won’t get married at the beach, the sand wedding ceremony kits can be pre-ordered with any color sand. You can choose to have the central glass vase sealed with special wax after the ceremony is over to make a perfect keepsake of such a memorable day.