April 08, 2010

Unity Sand Ceremony

Couples add the unity sand ceremony to their weddings as an alternative to the unity candle ceremony because it so elegantly captures the meaning of their two lives becoming one. It also creates a lasting keepsake of that special day.

Using different colored wedding sands, the bride and groom each take turns filling a Unity Vase as they recite their chosen vows. The flowing sand and blending of the colors symbolize the two lives becoming one. Some couples prefer to leave a small amount of sand in their respective container to show that even though they now function as one, they remain individuals. Once poured into the unity vase, the sands can never be separated. They are forever entwined just as the lives and loves of the bride and groom.

The sand colors can be coordinated with your home d├ęcor, chosen based on colors you love personally, or to match your wedding color scheme.

The ceremony only takes 2-3 minutes.

Some say that the ritual is a Native American custom. Others say it is Hawaiian. No matter who started it, the Unity Sand Ceremony is used in weddings around the world.

Photos from My Spiritual Wedding