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.
Although the origin of this practice isn’t clear, there are stories that the Hawaiians or Native Americans were the first to start this practice, and that it was a way of showing the inseparable nature of marriage. At first, the bride together with her groom would just pick sand and then toss it into the wind. The sand particles would mix making it impossible to differentiate them which symbolized the coming together of the two in marriage.
The present sand ceremony wedding is mostly part of the wedding ceremony, and it takes place usually after the two get married. This activity should be their very first task together immediately after marriage.
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How a Unity Sand Wedding Ceremony Works
Below are four main steps of a simple sand ceremony.
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1. A table is brought at the sand wedding location and a clear glass vase in the center. It is often engraved or accessorized with the bride and the grooms names or initials and the date of the wedding.
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 course of the wedding sand ceremony, the couples pour the sand from their smaller vases into the central vase in turns 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. A reading or a poem can be recited as the couples pour the sand.
There are usually three different sand wedding ceremonies.
1. Religious differences.
2. Parents dissimilarities
3. Children differences.
Unity sand wedding ceremonies are usually ideal for informal or outdoor wedding, and they often work well for beach types of wedding where the sand can be collected directly from the beach which gives it more meaning. If you are unable to hold your wedding close to the beach, you can pre-order the wedding sand ceremony kits including any color of sand you choose. It’s a brilliant idea to have the main glass vase sealed completely with wax once your sand wedding ceremony is over, this can make a beautiful souvenir of that special day.